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    MATTERS × Renaissance Foundation

     
     

    Frontline Fellowship

    for Chinese Non-Fiction Writing

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    In our time, to write is to partake. 

     

     

     

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    The Frontline Fellowship for Chinese Non-Fiction Writing is designed to benefit non-fiction writers and journalists working in the Chinese language.
     
    The fellowship provides up to $7,000 in funding to help them complete a project of their choice.
     
    Throughout the fellowship, recipients will benefit from mentorship, guidance, workshop, and editorial support from Frontline's team. Fellows' work is expected to culminate in a notable story to be published on Matters' website and editorial partners' platforms.
     
    The Frontline Fellowship for Chinese Non-Fiction Writing operates on a rolling calendar, and there is usually one selection cycle every four months. Applicants must be working on a long-form project in order to apply (e.g., an article, or a book). The project must be wholly nonfiction and rely on in-depth interviews and original research for sourcing.
     
    We welcome applications from academics and non-professional journalists insofar as the intended audience of the project is the general public. Fellows are selected for the program based on the quality, relevance, professional experience, and promise of the applicant’s work. We especially encourage applicants from minority backgrounds to apply, especially those who are willing to empower readers with a sense of true, contextual understanding of stories shaping their lives.
     
    The Frontline Fellowship for Chinese Non-Fiction Writing is jointly funded by Matters and the Renaissance Foundation. In addition to nurturing and supporting nonfiction writing in the Chinese language world, it provides journalism with a way to cover complex crises that is accessible and engaging without compromising their complexity.

     

     

  • Fellowship registration for the new season will open soon.

    Participants

     

    All applicants who write in Chinese, regardless of nationality, profession, or age, are welcome to apply. Please submit a project proposal and a writing sample.

    Prizes

     

    First place: $7,000 USD

     

    Second place: $5,000 USD

     

    third place: $2,500 USD

    Mentorship

     

    Fellows will spend eight to twelve weeks on the Fellowship program, reporting, writing, and working with an editor. ​

    Application Deadline: rolling
    Award Winners Announcement Day: Stay tuned for more information


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  • Apply for the Fellowship

    To apply, please submit a proposal -
     
    ◇ Up to 2,500 words outlining the topic you want to cover, and why this topic is important, timely, or relevant;
    ◇ Detail the topics, issues, themes, challenges, stakes, or questions that your project will cover.
    ◇ Things to consider also include: Why you are the best person to write about this topic, and how you plan to implement the proposal.
    ◇ Please attach a budget outline for any travel, reporting, and research expenses you may require.
     
    Please submit a writing sample of 800 - 1500 words alongside your proposal. Please also outline your relevant experience and/or past works, and tell us why this fellowship is right for you.
     
    Note: The proposal MUST NOT have won awards from other competitions or received funding from other organizations. Nor can it be produced by any full-time employee of a media organization. The fellowship reserves the right to revoke grants and awards in the event of a violation.
     
    To find out about what happens after your submission,
    Click on the right
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  • How do I apply?

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    Provide Us with Some Information

    1. Your name
    2. Your email
    3. Any nonfiction publication or relevant publishing experience
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    Prepare the Proposal

    We ask for a proposal of up to 2,500 words, outlining the topic, issue, theme and challenge that your project intends to cover.
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    Prepare the Writing Sample

    Please prepare a writing sample related to the topic to give the selection committee an idea of your writing ability and style, and to convey your passion for the chosen topic.
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    Submit

    Please use this link to submit your application.
    If you have any questions, please send an email to fellowship@matters.news. We will get back to you within two business days. 
  • How are winning entries selected?

    Selection Committee

    There are 32 members on our selection committee. They are prominent nonfiction writers and journalists in the Chinese-speaking world as well as publishers and media personalities.

    Scores and Votes

    Each entry will be assessed, discussed and selected based on theme, creativity, feasibility, and the author's past achievements. The committee will select the strongest proposals for an interview.

    Interviews

    In order to further explore applicants' ideas and motivations, an online interview will be scheduled.
  • Selection Committee Members

    in alphabetical order by last name/first letter in Pinyin

    -  Non-Fiction Writer  -

    -  Publisher  -

    A Po
    CHUN CHEN
    HAO-ZHONG LI
    HUI NING
    HUI-YUN TAN
    JILL LI
    JIN-XUAN DU
    LI-WEN QIN
    MEI-ZHI SU
    MIMIYANA
    SHAO-HUA LIU
    SI-CONG ZOU
    TIAN-SHUAI YANG
    XUE JIANG
    YU FU
    YU-JIE GUO
    YU-LING GU
    YU-MENG LI
    ZHI-XIN LIU
    CHA FU
    DE-LING SUN
    FENG-EN TU
    YUN YAN
    HUI-JING ZHANG

    - Media Editors / Agencies -

    BREAKAZINE
    DORIS LAW
    JIN-HUA WANG
    KE-CHENG FANG
    RUO-HAN WEN
    TIAN-LIN GUAN
    XIN-JIE HO
    YU-FANG LIANG
    YUE-HUA LI
    ZHEN-HAI GUAN
  • First Season's Winning Entries

    攝影:曾梓洋

    First Place

    Moving Forward in the Unknown: Connection For MIRROR Fans

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    ZHAO YUN

     
    ( click the photo to see the article )
  • Second Place

    The Last Generation of Female Miners——Zhang Gui's Life Story

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    TAI Po-fen

     
    ( click the photo to see the article )
  • 受訪者米婭與她的AI女友Bertha 圖為記錄片《我的AI戀人》(2021)靜幀 導演已授權

    Third Place

    Their AI Lovers——Real or Just Cyber Love

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    ScarlyZ

     
    ( click the photo to see the article )
  • Third Place

    Taming and Being Tamed: Breeding Tibetan Mastiffs in Lhasa

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    ZHOU Yu-fei

     
    ( click the photo to see the article )
  • Third Place

    After the Smock Clears: The Road from Beirut to Damascus

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    Alicia Chen

     
    ( click the photo to see the article )
  • About the Frontline Fellowship for Chinese Non-Fiction Writing

     

     

    The Frontline Fellowship for Chinese Non-Fiction Writing is jointly funded by Matters and the Renaissance Foundation (RFHK). In addition to nurturing and supporting nonfiction writing in the Chinese language world, it provides journalism with a way to cover complex crises that is accessible and engaging without compromising their complexity. The fellowship is open to people of all nationalities, geographic locations, and backgrounds.​

     

  • 🎥 Special Thanks

     

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