Call for Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award

Deadline: 31 October, 2019


The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award offers writers in need of financial support an opportunity to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat April 29 to May 3, 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland. The retreat features a series of small-group writing workshops and cultural tours designed to introduce participants to Iceland’s literary heritage. The main focus will be fiction and nonfiction books.


Applicants can compete for either full or partial funding. Full funding covers participation in the program, accommodations and round-trip flights to Iceland. Partial funding covers only the registration fee, and neither accommodation nor round-trip flights.


Candidates must demonstrate they are unable to afford the cost of flights to Iceland and accommodation to receive full funding.


Who can apply

Anyone who is aged 18 or over on April 29, 2020 is eligible to apply for an Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award (anyone is welcome to independently register and attend the event without a scholarship). The winning candidate(s) must demonstrate that s/he 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. Their writing interests must fit well with the faculty for the 2020 retreat (i.e. literary fiction, non-fiction, memoir). Family members of the judges and those who have already attended the IWR are not eligible to apply.


The applicant should also be available for media interviews before and during the Retreat, and be able to explain how s/he would help to share their experience with others after the fact. This may include being asked to prepare a short report on their experience to be published on the IWR website.


Applications will be reviewed by a group of IWR alumni. The final decision on the award recipient will be made by the IWR Founding Directors.


Deadline for applications: Thursday, 31 October, 2019. Midnight, PST. 


To learn more about the contest and apply for it, please follow the link HERE.