Thursday, 31 October, 2019.11:59 p.m.


In Reykjavík, Iceland

(Partially Funded)


Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award 2020

Registration is now open for the Iceland Writers Retreat. Iceland Writers Retreat has scholarships slots available for those with financial need. The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award offers talented writers in need of financial support an opportunity to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavík, Iceland in April, 2020.

More Details

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 Maria Semple, Kamila Shamsie, David Chariandy, Gretchen Rubin, and Ariel Levy. 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 in 2014” by Four Seasons Magazine. Iceland Writers Retreat welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds and with all levels of writing experience. However, we are more likely to rank applications highly from people who have not had the opportunity to attend many other writing retreats or to develop their writing in other ways. The quality of your writing is what is most important, whether you are just starting out, have been working for a while, or are at a mid- or post-career break.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Writing

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Around Five days in April, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements (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.
  • 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.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

  • The winning candidate(s) must demonstrate that s/he does not have the financial means to attend the conference without this award.
  • 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.
  • In general, the award does not include airport transfers, travel insurance, travel visas (if applicable), other incidentals or meals not listed in the itinerary, or the Relax & Write extension.
  • Please ensure that you apply for the most suitable category for you, as if you apply for full funding you are very unlikely to be considered for a partial award. (Note that they usually have many more applications for full funding than partial funding.)

How to Apply

First Step: Click here

Second Step: Fill out your information and Paste the following

  • Two samples of your work (published or unpublished) in English. These samples can be your original fiction or non-fiction. Because the workshops focus on prose, please do not included poetry writing samples. If your submission is a translation, please note this in the description and identify the original language. The maximum length permitted for EACH writing sample is 1000 words.
  • Your financial situation.
  • Attach two references written by people who are familiar with your writing, and are not family members. The reference should endorse your suitability to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat. We cannot accept references that have been sent separately. Applicants without references will not be considered.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Shrouk Saleh/ Egypt 

Reviewed by” Rahaf Elkhodary/ Egypt
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