**NEW for 2017 — The Great River Writers Retreat will accept applications from writers currently residing in Minnesota and Wisconsin, in addition to writers from Illinois and Iowa!**
The Great River Writers Retreat winner is selected from an applicant pool of writers from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin across multiple genres, and allows the winner to spend a week working on a specific writing project they have underway.
2017 Great River Writers’ Retreat Contest
“The week I spent at the Great River Writers’ Retreat was amazing. I got more accomplished during the retreat than I’d dared to hope, completely revising one manuscript and drafting several poems to include in a new one. Whether I was walking the paths of the 90 acres of land behind the monastery, reading in the library overlooking the lake, or writing at my desk in my room, my solitude and work were encouraged and protected. The nuns were kind and hospitable, and I felt very welcome. I am so grateful to the Midwest Writing Center for the gift of this time to reflect and write.”
–2010 Retreat Winner, Ann Hudson
The winning Iowa or Illinois writer will receive a 7-day/6-night residency, from September 2nd through 8th, 2017, at the Benet House Retreat Center in Rock Island, Illinois, a travel stipend, and an invitation to read to the literary community of the Quad Cities. The public reading of their original work will take place on September 6, 2017 at the Midwest Writing Center at 7 p.m.
The application must include a cover page, proof of residence in IL, IA, MN, or WI (photocopoy of driver’s license, utility bill, etc.), your resume and/or CV (listing publications and any relevant work experience), a statement describing the project you intend to work on while at Great River Writer’s Retreat, and a 10-page sample of your work (poets: 10 pages of poetry, one poem per page; fiction and nonfiction writers: 10 pages of a short story, essay, novel excerpt or other work, accompanied by a brief synopsis if necessary). The work sample should be taken from writing done within the last 3 years.
**Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2017**
You can pay the application fee today via PayPal
or pay over the phone with a credit card by calling 309-732-7330
If paying by check, please make payable to: Midwest Writing Center
Applications can be sent via USPS or via email:
Midwest Writing Center
401 19th St.
Rock Island, IL 61201
The Midwest Writing Center is a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and follows its contest ethics guidelines.
Generously sponsored by Dr. Nicolas Shammas in collaboration with the Midwest Writing Center
Great River Writer’s Retreat Winner Mary Howard to Give Reading at Midwest Writing Center Sept. 7
Midwest Writing Center would like to invite the public to enjoy a free reading by its Great River Writer’s Retreat contest winner, novelist Mary Howard, on Wednesday, September 7 at 7 p.m.
The Great River Writers Retreat winner is selected from an applicant pool of writers from Iowa and Illinois across multiple genres, and allows the winner to spend a week working on a specific writing project they have underway.
Mary Howard will be spending a week (September 3-9) concentrating on her writing at Benet House in Rock Island, Illinois. She will celebrate his experience in the area and share some of the writing she worked on during the retreat at the reading, which will take place at Midwest Writing Center on the third floor of Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd Street in Downtown Davenport, Iowa. Light refreshments will also be served.
The finalists for this year’s Great River Writer’s Retreat are: LeVan D. Hawkins, Audra Kerr Brown, and Misty Urban
Mary Howard began her writing life as the author of short stories that appeared in magazines such as The Georgia Review, The Ontario Review, and Ms.. She lives in Ames, Iowa, where she advised art and design students in The College of Design at Iowa State University for seventeen years, which inspired her to write novels with visual artists as main characters. Two of them have been published, Discovering the Body by HarperCollins and The Girl with Wings by Culicidae Press.
Her current work-in-progress is the story of a young dancer who at the age of six saw her beloved, and deceased, Grandpa Henry in a scary fever dream. She absolutely believed he had really been there to save her life, and in her twenties has not lost her openness to ghostly visitations in her dreams. Mary’s goal for the Great River Retreat is to bring humor into that manuscript while completing one more chapter of this latest suspense novel.
The Great River Writer’s Retreat is generously sponsored by Dr. Nicolas Shammas in collaboration with the Midwest Writing Center