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Win a Writer’s Retreat in Iceland

Iceland Writers Retreat is offering talented writers from around the world the chance to attend its April 2020 program for free.

For this scholarship program, writers can apply for either full or partial funding. The full funding scholarship includes a round-trip airfare plus the full retreat package including accommodation and all workshops for the duration of the event. Partial funding covers the participant costs only and does not include accommodation or flights.

The successful candidates must demonstrate that he or she does not have the financial means to attend the conference without this award. Candidates do not need to be professional writers but should be serious about the craft and interested in developing their skills and contacts.

In order to apply writers need to provide:

  • a short statement about themselves including their background, goals and professional experience
  • a short statement about why they wish to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat
  • an explanation of their financial status
  • information about whether they have applied to other funding sources to contribute to the costs of the trip
  • details about how, if successful, they would share their experience with other writers
  • two writing examples (which may be published or unpublished)
  • two written references

Applications close on Thursday 31 October 2019 and all supporting materials, including written references, must be supplied by this date.  There is no entry fee. For further information and to apply visit the Iceland Writers Retreat website.

Related: Visit our guide to Residencies for Writers in 2019


 About the Iceland Writers Retreat

Held for the first time in April 2014, 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. Faculty in 2020 include Ariel Levy, David Chariandy, Gretchen Rubin and Patrick Gale. The Iceland Writers Retreat was named one of the world’s best writers’ retreats by the Sydney Morning Herald, and one of the top 10 events to travel for by Four Seasons Magazine.