Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart



Small Acorns

Posted by @Publishing_talk on June 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM

I figured I had a seventy-thirty chance. Seventy for no, thirty for yes. The six-month, £10,000 Charles Pick Fellowship awarded by the University of East Anglia sounded lucrative. Truth be told, all I was thinking about was survival. Why? I was flat broke.

A few years ago I overspent on pursuing a Masters in the US, which I didn’t complete, sadly. Then in 2014, I left America intending to be a full-time writer. Next three years I would knuckle down to novel writing.

Being a writer is hard. Being a Bangladeshi writer is even harder. Friends and relatives began wondering if my head was filled with fluff. I ignored them. But for how long? I found myself increasingly isolated. There were days when I forgot to speak. Without my ever-patient wife who had been supporting me all this while, there was no one else to talk to. For the next two and a half years social and family gatherings were avoided because I could no longer bring myself to reveal that I was working full-time on a novel. They wouldn’t understand. I made up stories telling them instead that I worked with a few foreign online news outlets.

Then, one chilly winter afternoon early this year, a friend sent me the fellowship link. I thought there would be no chance for me, but decided to give it a shot anyway. Receiving this award could be a life-changing experience, not to mention my financial saviour.

I required a recommendation letter. I sent an email to a creative writing professor at the University of Edinburgh with whom I had a little acquaintance. No reply came. I couldn’t blame him – if you are not in touch with a person for years and then out of the blue you write requesting a reference letter, you can’t expect too much. Next, I wrote to Brick Lane Publishing. Since I happened to be included in their anthology of short stories, Brick Lane Tales, I assumed my contact there could be a great referee. Who doesn’t know a good recommendation letter can often make all the difference? Lara kindly gave me one.

On the final day of submission, I hesitated. Should I send it? I’d checked past Charles Pick Fellows. Most of them had degrees in Creative Writing or had graduated from world ranking universities like UCL, Columbia, Yale, and so on. What’s more, some of the recipients had other prizes tucked into their crisply ironed pockets. My Masters from Bangladesh suddenly seemed a bit insipid.

I sent the application anyway with a gut feeling that the chance was fifty-fifty. Last week an email arrived saying I had been chosen for the Charles Pick Fellowship. Their comment on my novel excerpt was: ‘‘The judges were impressed by the lucidity and power of your prose and by the strength of the story you have to tell.’’

Rahad Abir 

Categories: Author Entries , Publishing News

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In


Reply AshCoege
12:16 AM on October 26, 2021 
real viagra canada
Reply JimCoege
11:23 PM on October 25, 2021 
tadalafil india 10 mg
Reply SamCoege
9:28 PM on October 25, 2021 
100mg sildenafil price
Reply KiaCoege
5:20 PM on October 25, 2021 
sildenafil 100mg price india
Reply EyeCoege
3:46 PM on October 25, 2021 
pfizer viagra online compare cialis prices online prednisone generic brand name brand viagra online australia sildenafil fast delivery buy sildenafil generic generic sildenafil prescription fluoxetine mexico purchase tadalafil 20 mg best price how can i get sildenafil prescription online
Reply obabapm
3:31 PM on October 25, 2021 
C??????? ??? ?????? ??????, ??????? - ??????? TVShows, ?????????, ??????????, ??????? ?????????? 2 ????? 7 ????? ???????? ?????? ???????, ?????????? ????, ??? ?????? ??????, ???? ? ?????, ????????, ???????? ??? - ??? ?????, ??? ??????.
Reply JudyCoege
1:12 PM on October 25, 2021 
where to buy genuine viagra online
Reply IvyCoege
11:00 AM on October 25, 2021 
prescription viagra australia
Reply hxdzfnx
7:38 AM on October 25, 2021 
C??????? ??? ?????? ? ????? ??????, ??????? - ??????? HDrezka Studio, LostFilm, NewStudio, ?????? ???? ? ???????? 2 ????? 1 ????? ???! ??????! ??????!, ??????????? ??????, ??????? ?????????? / ??????????? ???????????, ?????? ??????, ?????, ????? - ??? ?????, ??? ??????.
Reply EyeCoege
2:54 AM on October 25, 2021 
sildenafil 100 mg tablet cost i want to buy viagra canada cialis 20 mg where can i get cialis order xenical online usa online tadalafil us can i buy viagra without a prescription vardenafil buy buy paroxetine 20mg levitra prescription online
Reply KimCoege
10:58 PM on October 24, 2021 
buy generic cialis online safely
Reply NickCoege
10:48 PM on October 24, 2021 
cialis prescription canada
Reply WimCoege
9:14 PM on October 24, 2021 
viagra 50 coupon
Reply EvaCoege
4:49 PM on October 24, 2021 
generic cialis 2018 prices
Reply DenCoege
4:31 PM on October 24, 2021 
female viagra order prednisone without rx cailis buy sildenafil usa cialis order uk
Reply LisaCoege
1:45 PM on October 24, 2021 
20mg tadalafil
Reply AnnaCoege
1:45 PM on October 24, 2021 
viagra 100mg prices
Reply AshCoege
12:18 PM on October 24, 2021 
ivermectin buy
Reply bgtezqz
11:59 AM on October 24, 2021 
Reply MarkCoege
10:52 AM on October 24, 2021 
cialis from india