1st Annual Mermaid Cottages Writer Retreats

…and the characters came forth to reveal themselves  in my Mermaid Cottages retreat by the sea…


Mermaid Cottages is now accepting applications for our 1st Annual Mermaid Cottages Writer Retreats.

Published authors and journalists are invited to apply for a complimentary Mermaid Cottages writing getaway.

Please copy and email this application request to diane@mermaidcottages.com.



Email Address:

Brief Biography:

Title(s) of Last Book(s), date of publication, and publishing house of my latest Book(s):


Title(s) of Published Works in Journalism, Newspapers, Print, etc, Name of Publication (Magazine, Newspaper,  etc) and Date Published:

Please give us three choices of dates for your writer retreat:

Please let us know the type of cottage you’d like to request:

_____ Pet Friendly

_____ Number of Bedrooms

_____ Number of Baths

_____Ground Level

_____ Raised Cottage

Is there a specific cottage you’d like to request (based on availability)?

Statement of Intent:

_____I understand I will be submitting a short story or essay of at least 1500 words to Mermaid Cottages in exchange for my stay from _______________ to _______________ (7 day, 6 night maximum stay from November 2011 to March 2012, excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Special Event Dates). I also understand if my application is accepted I will be required to sign a separate permission form to allow Mermaid Cottages to publish my submitted short story/essay.

In exchange for this complimentary vacation cottage stay, writers agree to submit a short story or essay to Mermaid Cottages to possibly be included in a published compendium of stories about Tybee Island, GA. Authors will agree to license Mermaid Cottages to use their story in a published book, along with proper credit and a biography of each author, on the Mermaid Cottages’ website, and in any way to promote Mermaid Cottages Writer Retreats.

A writer’s story or essay must be a minimum of 1500 words and revolve around Tybee Island, or some aspect of the locale, either as a setting or a subject. We highly recommend the story line also include in some way the cottage in which the writer stays. Any literary genre of story or essay is acceptable, including but not limited to memoir, mystery, fantasy, romance, horror, fiction and non-fiction.

An agreement to write and permission to license your story will be part of the application to your Mermaid Cottages retreat. Stories must be submitted as a Word document within 30 days of the end of your stay at Mermaid Cottages.

We support the arts and want to publicize Tybee Island and Mermaid Cottages as a unique artistic retreat. It is our hope that these retreats will become a regular feature of our island and the publication of a book of short stories will serve to promote the arts in our area.

Applications will be accepted and booked on a first come basis as availability is limited.