Three Rock Writers’ Resort announces the opening of applications for its 2019 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 two-weeks 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 for the months April/May/June /October /November) 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.


o   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.

o   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: January 20th, 2019

Results to be announced: February 10st, 2019

Program supervisors: Andriana Minou and Gregory Papadoyiannis

Entry fee: 10 euro

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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


Regular cost for Three Rock Apartment (first floor) and Three Rock Studio (ground floor) is 60 euros per day from March till November (except July and August)*

We offer a full stipend –totally free 1 week stay

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

Every week starts on Saturday and ends the following Friday

You have to choose your week(s) between February 1st and April 30th 2019 


Spring /summer 2019
MARCH     23
APRIL             6
MAY               4
JUNE              1
Autumn 2019
OCTOBER         5


One week stay:  (single apartment or studio)                      200 euros
(shared apartment)*                                   100 euros

Two weeks stay: (single apartment or studio)                     380 euros
(shared apartment)*                                    180 euros

You can choose your preferred type of stay using the following initials

1W (for one week)

2W (for two weeks)

A1F (single apartment)

SGF (single studio)

A1S (shared apartment)

EXAMPLE:   1W / A1F / AD: September 7 – for one week stay /single apartment / between 7-13 September

Payment  -at the latest- 10 days before your arrival date via paypal.

* In case you choose to stay in a shared apartment, you must make the appropriate arrangements (and let us know) with fellow writers/ partners/friends. Three Rock Writers RR will not under any circumstance select people to share your apartment with you

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. Bear in mind though, that Triopetra beach itself has many places to explore. Most visitors prefer the central part (with umbrellas), others go on the east side (on the rocks and cave) but we also advise you to visit the west side where a series of small rocks protect you even when strong south winds blow. Very close to Three-Rock studio, just fifty meters away, you can reach Akoumianos river -with enough water in the winter but not so much in the summer; it is nevertheless an enjoyable hike. But perhaps the most memorable attraction is the beach at sunset, which you will definitely want to see again and again. Just the perfect place for writers!

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.


You can see all the details here:



Additionally you can find more info about Three Rock on our blog

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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.


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



Eyelands Book Awards 2018


ceb5ceb2ceb1-smaller-2018.jpgGrand prize (published books): Five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and publication (excerpts) online on our website.

Grand prize (unpublished books): Publication from Strange Days Books

Six more prizes one for each category of every section also win a a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards

Certification document for every prize.
Final results are to be announced on December 20th 2018.

The award will be given in a special ceremony in Athens
Award Ceremony: 5th of May, 2019
Place: Polis Art café, Athens, Greece

Judges: Andriana Minou (poetry), Gregory Papadoyiannis (novels, novellas), Antonis Tsirikoudis (short stories)

Entry fee: $30


Opening: Monday, July 2, 2018

Closing: Tuesday, October 20, 2018 at midnight PST.

Submit your book or manuscript online or via snail mail with a $30.00 entry fee

Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, short story collections, novels.

Multiple submissions allowed (with a separate fee for each submission).

Simultaneous submissions allowed, but please notify us if full manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Finalists for every category to be announced on November, 20, 2018

Final results are to be announced on December, 20, 2018.

There are no restrictions regarding nationality

Participants must be 18 years old otherwise we need parents’ consent to accept the submission.

Manuscripts must be written in English.

There is no restriction about the form or style of writing. We prefer the pages to be numbered. Files should be uploaded as an MS Word document or PDF. Fill the entry form, copy and paste it in the body of your email.

Submit your manuscript to:  [or]

or send your book by post to:

Chimarras 6, 74100, Rethymno, Crete, Greece
After the end of the contest all your books will find a place at the library of Three Rock Studio -A writer’s resort in south Crete



Section: Published books

Grand Prize: A five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and publication (excerpts) online on our website. Eyelands cover all accommodation costs for the award winner. Air tickets not included. The author must agree to participate in the EBA ceremony (which will be held in Athens at the time of his/her holidays) and the related publicity (interviews e.t.c.).

There will be five finalists for each category.

Three more prizes one for each category also win a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards

Certification document for every prize.

Section: Unpublished books

Grand prize: Publication from Strange Days Books*. Released via (international release) & from Strange Days Books

Three more prizes one for each category also win a a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards

There will be five finalists for each category.

Certification document for every prize.

Registration will be confirmed via email. In December, all entrants will be notified of winners. Please fill in, copy and paste the entry form in the body of your email


Pay via paypal – See the banner on this website
Click the «buy now» button. Fill the description with: EBA
Entry fee is 30.00 $

*After the payment is complete, you can send the email with your manuscript as an attachment and the entry form completed, copied and pasted in the body of your email.  Payment via bank transfer is also available, contact us for details

*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three/four days

* We do accept simultaneous submissions

* Every writer can submit more books with the payment fee of $30 for every one of them

* Name and address of the author are to be submitted in the body of the email

*There is no fee for the first prize winners of previous eyelands international short story contests

*Click here to download the entry form: ENTRY FORM_EBA

*All books must be published between September 20, 2016 and September 20, 2018.

ENTRY FORM (submit one entry form per book):

Book Title:






Publisher: (for published books only)


ISBN: (for published books only)


Contact Information









AWARD CATEGORIES (select one per entry application):

The following are eligible:

1/Full-length books of fiction (novels or novellas)

2/ Collections of short stories by one author

3/Collected and selected poems by one author*                            

*any novel (up to 500 pages)  or book of poetry (up to 250 pages) written by a single author is eligible

EBA follows the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.

If you have any questions, please contact us at  [or]   [or]


*You can see the writer’s agreement on Strange Days page of this website