The Salty Quill Writers​ Retreat for Women is pleased to offer two scholarships for full-week sessions at the sixth annual Salty Quill Writers Retreat. Each scholarship includes accommodations, all meals, use of all the facilities, and boat transportation to and from McGee’s Island. All the scholarship recipient has to do is get herself to and from Port Clyde, ME, the departure point to McGee Island. 

This is the second year we are awarding two full-week scholarships, and the sixth year we are awarding scholarships. The scholarship award is based primarily on your writing sample. Preference is given to promising writers who are working on a novel or memoir. No recommendations are necessary. We hope to attract writers who would benefit from the kind of uninterrupted time and space achievable at McGee Island, amongst a supportive community of fellow writers. Writers in financial need, LGBTQ writers, writers of color, writers over 50, and historically underrepresented and marginalized writers are encouraged to apply. Whoever you are, the promise of your writing sample is the main criteria for votes from our jurors.

Deadline for application is May 31, 2020. Early applications are encouraged. Awardees will be announced by August 1, 2020. Application fee is $30. To apply, please email: for an application form.

Scholarship recipients will stay in the Jewett Room (see Rates & Accommodations). Please note: due to the remoteness of the location, if you have health concerns, severe allergies or other concerns that may impact your attendance, please contact us before applying to assure that we can accommodate you.

For a look at the roster of past Salty Quill Scholarships recipients, please visit Salty Quill Scholarship Recipients. We hope you'll consider joining them.

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