Three Rock Writers’ Resort announces the opening of applications for its 2020 residencies. Situated in one of the most magnificent places of Greece at the south coast of Crete island, Three Rock in collaboration with Strange Days Books publishing offers a low cost (or no cost at all) stay especially for writers. Full stipend will be offered to one project and half stipends (discount 50% from the regular cost) to 20 other projects.


Three Rock Writers’ Resort Residency is a self-directed program that offers time and space for writers to work on a creative project of their choice and above all an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy life on Crete.

Writers in all creative writing genres are invited to apply. Novels, plays, short stories, poetry, graphic novel, everything is eligible. Our residency is designed for emerging and established writers seeking to dedicate a period of time to a project in any genre.

You may choose to stay in a single or shared apartment or in your private studio, at an already well known resort for award-winning writers from everywhere in the world, who have been our guests since 2012. Space is also available for one partner/friend, writers would like to bring along at no extra cost


All you have to do is fill in the form and send the details of your writing project. We will choose only 20 submissions for one or two-week stay with the minimum cost in the period you prefer (Three Rock Resort available from 1st May till 1st October) and we also offer one prize for an entirely free one-week stay!


There is even more! Writers who will be accepted can submit their text to Strange Days Books publishing for a chance to win a publication contract!  SDB will publish one book per year from writers who follow and complete the Three Rock Resort Residency. The fulfillment of the project has the meaning that when you send us the full text it will be among the books that will be published from Strange Days Books next year


HOW TO APPLY (between 30th November – 20th February)

  • Fill in this simple form with your:

Name of the project

Proposed completion date of the manuscript
copy and paste it in the body of your email.

  • In a single file attached to the email provide

– A 200-word writer’s biography and a 300-word summary of the proposed project.

– Up to three first chapters (for novels), three stories (for short stories collection) or

12 poems (for poetry book)

– Details of photographs, illustrations, tables and other non-textual matter in the manuscript (where appropriate) for every other kind of project


We cannot return any printed material sent to us therefore please do not send original material. All submitted material is treated as confidential.

Writers will be notified in case we need more details about their project.

There is no restriction about the form or style of writing. Files should be attached as an MS Word document or PDF.  Submit your email to:  [or]

Participants must be at least 18 years old

Manuscripts must be written in English

Closing date: February 20th, 2020

Results to be announced: March 10st, 2020

Program supervisors: Andriana Minou and Gregory Papadoyiannis

Entry fee: 10 euro


Pay via paypal – See the banner on these websites

Click the «buy now» button. Fill the description with: 3R

Entry fee is 10 euros

* After the payment is complete, you can send the email
*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three/four days



We offer a full stipend –totally free 7 week staying

We offer half stipends to 20 writers– one week stay with a 50% discount and 60% for two weeks stay

7 days ( 6 nights)

14 days (13 nights)

You have to make your choice from March 10st till April 30th 2020 

Booking Deposit:  60 euros  till at the latest April 30th/  Please bear in mind that after this date we can’t keep your booking anymore.

Refund of booking deposit: –at the latest- one month before your arrival

Full Payment  till  -at the latest- two months days before your arrival date, via paypal or bank transfer. Please bear in mind that after this date we can’t keep your booking anymore or refund your booking deposit. A list of the available dates (between May 1st and September 30th) will be e-mailed to all winners as soon as the results will be announced. Then there will be a link on our website which will be updated with every ne reservation.


One week stay:  (6 nights /apartment or studio)                       260 euros
Two weeks stay: (13 nights / apartment or studio)                   460 euros
You can choose your preferred type of stay using the following initials

1W (for one week) / 2W (for two weeks) A (apartment)/ S ( studio) and the preferred dates

You can bring a friend/partner/relative with you with no extra charge. Additional persons (more than two) with an extra charge of 10 euro each per day.

According to several guidebooks and websites, Triopetra is one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete -and Greece. But it remains a beach that is not known to many people. It has fans (from Greece and abroad) who visit it each year and their number is increasing steadily. Still, it remains a kind of unexplored paradise. Guests are able to enjoy a beach that is never crowded, even in the heart of summer, as the length of Triopetra beach is about two kilometers! The beach is named after the three rocks located at the eastern edge of the bay. In the same area, there is a cave, where there was probably a Sanctuary at the time of the Minoans. The opening of the cave resembles a dragon’s mouth and the arrangement of the rocks inspired the creation of various legends. In modern times, the beach, although reminiscent of an undiscovered paradise, has restaurants, a cafe and a beach bar as well as (free) umbrellas and lounges for those who prefer them. Triopetra beach is also known for yoga courses delivered during the summer months in the surrounding area.

There are several places to visit in a relatively short distance: picturesque villages, beaches and mountains suitable for hiking, with many endemic plants. Triopetra is located at the very centre of the north part of Crete so it is relatively easy to visit places like Agia Galini, Festos, Matala, Plakias Preveli and many more.


Τhree-Rock is a unique studio with a design that combines a touch from the ’60s with the current look and you can also find all the necessary amenities of a modern tourist accommodation. Designed to accommodate two to four people, the studio is one very large furnished room of 70 sq.m., (with a separate bathroom) with a lot of space which allows you to cook, dine, relax all day if you want and can simply and easily be tailored to your taste. The studio has a large terrace (about 25 square m.) at the front, facing the sea, and a back terrace facing east with a view to the hills. The distance from the beach is just 250 meters.






Strange Days Books is a cooperative publishing organization based in Crete, Greece.

We publish books of young (or not so young) writers from Greece but we also publish books from writers around the world. Strange Days books & coordinate every year since 2012 the only one international short story contest based in Greece.

We publish low cost digital editions; our books will be distributed mainly from the internet but also from bookstores and cooperative bookshops. Some of our publications are already available in kindle format from and e-book from  Strange Days Books also publish books of foreign authors -first release – directly in English.





EYELANDS INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY CONTEST literary magazine in collaboration with Strange Days Books organize an annual international short story competition, which is the only international short story contest based in Greece. Every year, writers from all the continents of the world participate in it. The competition consists of two categories; Greek and International (for the international section we only accept stories in English).
The competition has been running continuously for the past eight years, offering hundreds of writers the opportunity to see their short story printed in one of our collections, created through the contest entries. For many of these writers it is the first time that a story of theirs is printed in a book or featured online. The jury reads all submissions blind.
The English section of the competition has been recognized as a truly reliable, fair and serious short story competition. Every year, many reputable websites, post the announcement of our contest, which has earned its reputation year after year, by honoring all its promises, following the rules meticulously and meeting all criteria that allow a contest to gain respect and recognition on an international level. For more info about the international short story contest as well as the international flash fiction contest, please visit

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS: This year we decided to launch a new contest, Eyelands Book Awards, an international contest that gives the opportunity to a writer to win a great prize; a holiday in Athens, Greece, where he/she will have the chance to talk about his/her work to Greek readers and meet Greek writers in a special ceremony. This is the grand prize for writers who have already published their book. But there’s more. Eyelands Book Awards also gives the opportunity to an unpublished writer to win a contract and see her/his book published from Strange Days Books. There are also prizes for the winners of the three different categories, as well as nominations of five writers per category. Join us next year! Send us your submission and win the grand prize, visit Athens or see your book published!

For more info, please visit our website


Address: Chimarras 6, Rethymno, 74100, tel: +283154166








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