Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Yan Kit So Memorial Award for Asian Food Writers 2012-13 (up to £2,500 bursary | UK)

Post date: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Deadline: 1 December 2012

Have you ever considered writing your own cookery book?

In order to honour the memory of Yan Kit So, Asia House is offering The Yan Kit So Memorial Award for Asian Food Writers 2012-13. This is a bursary set up to assist first time cookery writers by providing support for travel and research expenses during the time when a proposal is being written and before a publishing contract has been awarded.

The inspiration for this has come from the work of Yan Kit So (1933-2001) - Britain's leading authority on Chinese cuisine. A tireless promoter of food in Asia, her first book The Classic Chinese Cookbook went on to win major awards such as the prestigious Andre Simon award and Glenfiddich best cookbook of the year award.

The maximum bursary available is GBP2,500 and will vary respectively, depending on proposals and budgets. It will be awarded to those who show significant contributions to the knowledge of Asian food, encouraging the next generation of cookery writers. Applicants must reside in the UK and must not have already published a cookery book.

Applications will be evaluated by David Thompson, chef of Michelin- starred Thai restaurant Nahm in London's Halkin Hotel, Fuchsia Dunlop, cookery writer and Carole Michaelson, art curator.

  • Fill out the applicant information form
  • Tell us your cookery book proposal in no more than 1000 words and enclose a travel itinerary and a budget
  • Include a covering letter which tells us about yourself
  • Include two referees who can support your proposal


Betty Yao, Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street
London W1G 7LP

or send it via e mail to

  • The award is open to UK residents only
  • Those who have already published a cookery book are not eligible to enter
  • Applicants must be over 18 years of age
  • The proposal MUST be the work of a single author
  • The proposal MUST fall within the geographical area of Asia within the remit of Asia House - the geographical region extends from the Gulf to Japan and from the Central Asian Republics to Indonesia
  • Applications must be received by 1 December 2012
  • Illustrations may be included at the author's discretion
  • Materials will not be returned
  • The winner will be notified by 10 February 2013, lunar new year
  • The maximum amount to be awarded is GBP2,500 and will be evaluated according to the winner's proposal and budget
  • Asia House bears no responsibility in the seeking or negotiation of any resulting publishing contract that might arise from the proposal
  • Asia House must be informed of any resulting publications and supplied with two complimentary copies
  • Within 12 months of receiving the award, the winner must complete his/her travel
  • The winning applicant is asked to make a presentation at Asia House in the following twelve months
  • If the judges conclude there is no entry of sufficient merit then they may abstain from making an award
  • The decision of the panel of Judges will be final and they will not engage in correspondence about the merits of particular entries

Download: applicant information form


For queries: call Betty Yao on +44 (0) 7850 126357

For submissions: