Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award Worldwide 2020 Fully Funded

Iceland has a rich literary tradition dating as far back as the nation’s settlement 1100 years ago. The country’s 12th and 13th century sagas — heroic tales of family feuds, adventures and heroism — are revered as both historical and literary works of art and have inspired modern tales from the Lord of the Rings to Wagner’s four operas, The Ring of the Nibelung.

Iceland’s only Nobel Prize winner, Halldór Laxness, was recognized in the field of literature in 1955. The country publishes more books per capita than any other nation on Earth. And its capital, Reykjavik, is the world’s first non-native English speaking UNESCO City of Literature.


  • 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.

    • Anyone who is aged 18 or over on April 29, 2020 is eligible to apply for an Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award
    • 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).

    Application Deadline: 31 October, 2019.

    For more information:VISIT HERE TO APPLY

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