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Great River Writers Retreat

Writing Contest by Midwest Writing Center



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We haven't reviewed these for 2024 yet, so the info may be from 2023. Please double check information on the contest’s website

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  • Response time: -
  • Fee: $15
  • Last run: 2023-01-01 - 2023-05-31
  • Reading blind: -

Wtf is genre, send anything

Max words: 1

Max words: 10

Type: Excerpt

Additional info

writers currently residing in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

The application must include the following: 1. Cover page 2. Proof of residence in IL, IA, MN, or WI (valid photocopy of driver’s license, current utility bill, etc.). Sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers and Driver’s License numbers, can be redacted. 3. Short bio, listing publications and any relevant work experience (100 words max) 4. Statement describing the project you intend to work on and what goals to your project are you hoping to achieve while at Great River Writer’s Retreat (500 words max) 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) Work sample should be in 12 pt. font, Times New Roman). The work sample should be taken from writing done within the last 3 years.

Dates have not fully been updated on the site, so pay extra close attention when submitting to this contest.

Submission calls


    Opens: Nov 1, 2023


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.