Literature News Nov 01, 2019

The Iceland Writers Retreat Competition Is Now Open!

One person will win free admission and stay at the Iceland Writers Retreat in 2020.

Each year the Iceland Writers Retreat comes to Reykjavik to help authors and aspiring writers gain new skills and network. Returning April 29 to May 3, 2020, the event hosts small group workshops, networking and a unique travel experience that allows writers to focus on their writing while being inspired by the culture around them. 

This year, the Iceland Writers Retreat is running a writing competition to provide one lucky winner admission to all of the events and four nights accommodation at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel.* To enter, participants must submit a 350 word story or essay inspired by the photo above, which is captioned: “Iceland: ethereal, exhilarating, sublime.” More information and the entry form are here.

The entry must be submitted in English, should mention Iceland and must be your own original work. Judges will be looking for creativity, originality, and style.

People who have already registered to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat are also welcome to apply. If the winner has already registered, his or her payment will be refunded. All entries must be submitted by 23:59 (GMT) Monday, December 16, 2019 and will be judged anonymously.

To find out more details and enter the contest go to Any questions can be emailed to

Applications are also open for the Iceland Writers Retreat scholarship! Learn more here.

Will you be attending the Iceland Writers Retreat? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter.

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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 2020 include Maria Semple, Elnathan John, Patrick Gale and David Chariandy. 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.  

The photo in this piece is by Roman Gerasymenko and used with permission.