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 from April 3-7, 2019. Over the course of the retreat, participants are enrolled in a total of five two-hour small-group writing workshops led by internationally acclaimed authors, a Q&A panel with the faculty, and numerous readings. In addition to the social activities.

The featured authors teach two separate workshops, wherein the participants will have adequate time to interact with the faculty, including those with whom the participants have no workshops with.


  • Anyone who is aged 18 or over on April 3, 2019 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 2019 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.

Cover of Scholarship:

  • Full funding covers all participation of a “complete package” in the Iceland Writers Retreat. Including accommodation & round-trip flights to Iceland.
  • Partial funding covers participant fee but not accommodation or flights.
  • In applying, ensure you apply to the most suited category for your situation, as applying for full funding make you extremely unlikely to get partial funding.

Criteria for Chosen Recipients:

  • Potential demonstrated as a writer.
  • Need for financial support to attend.
  • Answers on the questions for application, to assess motivation for attendance.

Deadline for Applications:

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Midnight, PST.

Results of Applications:

  • December 3, 2018

Apply now!

Application form here.