**UPDATE: The Great River Writers Retreat accepts applications from writers currently residing in Minnesota and Wisconsin, in addition to 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.

2018 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 residency from September 4th through 10th, 2018, 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 8, 2018 at the Midwest Writing Center at 2 p.m. 

The application must include the following:
1. Cover page
2. Proof of residence in IL, IA, MN, or WI (photocopy of driver’s license, utility bill, etc.)
3. Resume and/or CV (listing publications and any relevant work experience)
4. Statement describing the project you intend to work on while at Great River Writer’s Retreat
5. 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 1, 2018**

You can pay the application fee today via PayPal 

Great River Writers’ Retreat Reading fee

 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
c/o RIPL
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