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Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award: Applications now accepted!

The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award has been funded to support one writer with outstanding potential to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavik, Iceland in April, 2016.

Who can apply

Anyone who is aged 18 or over on April 13, 2016 is eligible to apply. The winning candidate 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 should fit well with the faculty for the 2016 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.*

What does it cover?

The scholarship covers all participation in the Iceland Writers Retreat, as detailed on the registration page (incl. accommodation). The scholarship also includes round-trip flights to Iceland from a direct destination. 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.

How will the recipient be chosen?

The recipient will be chosen based primarily on two factors: a) The potential s/he demonstrates (or has demonstrated) as a writer and b) his/her need for financial support to be able to attend. We will also evaluate based on the other questions in the application, so make sure to tell us about yourself and why you think you’d be the perfect match for the Iceland Writers Retreat.

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. Final decision on the award recipient will be made by the IWR Founding Directors.

Deadline for applications: Friday, 6 November, 2015. Midnight, PST. (This deadline includes receipt of all supporting materials and references.)

Click here to apply. Please note that the application form is best viewed from a computer, rather than tablet or phone.

You can also apply for our writing competition if you wish.


Email eliza [at] icelandwritersretreat [dot] com.

*If this financial stipulation does not apply to you, or if you have already attended the IWR, please consider entering our writing competition, which is open to all. We will provide details of this event soon.

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 2016 include Steven Galloway, Elina Hirvonen, Gerður Kristný, Cheryl Strayed, Vincent Lam, Miriam Toews, and Adelle Waldman. 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.

About the IWR Alumni Award

This is the first time the IWR Alumni Award has been granted. It is so named because it has been entirely funded by former IWR participants. We are extremely grateful for their generosity.

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