Iceland Writers Retreat

Registration is now open for the Iceland Writers Retreat. Talented writers in need of financial support have the opportunity to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavík, Iceland in April, 2020 with a full or a partial scholarship covering their expenses. The deadline is on 31 October, 2019.

The Iceland Writers Retreat is an event comprised of a series of small-group writing workshops and cultural tours designed to introduce participants to Iceland’s rich literary heritage.

The workshops in 2020 focus primarily on literary fiction, non-fiction, and memoir. Your writing samples should also reflect this and should therefore be prose samples.

Entrants can apply for either full or partial funding.

Full funding covers one participant fee, four nights accommodation at the Retreat hotel (Radisson SAS Saga Hotel), and round-trip flights to Iceland.

Partial funding covers the participant fee only, and neither accommodation nor round trip flights.

The recipients will be chosen based primarily on the potential s/he demonstrates (or has demonstrated) as a writer and his/her need for financial support to be able to attend.

Main criteria

  • Anyone who is aged 18 or over on April 29, 2020 is eligible to apply for an Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award;
  • Candidates do not need to be professional writers but should be serious about the craft and interested in developing their skills and contacts;
  • Applicants of all backgrounds and with all levels of writing experience are welcomed.

Please submit writing samples of 1000 words in length, references, and financial statement along with your application.

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