Call for Applications: The 2019 Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience

February 11, 2019
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Mongolia

Call for Applications: PAS-Ulaanbaatar-011/FY2019

The 2019 Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience

The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America is accepting applications for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP) sponsored 2019 residency program: “Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience”.  The Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience is scheduled to take place at the University of Iowa on July 13-27, 2019, and will bring together 30 international young writers from countries on the historic Silk Road land route along with 10-12 U.S. peers.

All program activities will be in English and will include writing workshops, group and individual writing assignments, world literature seminars, cultural visits, and other local events.  With professional U.S. and international writers as their teachers, participants broaden their literary horizons, deepen their empathy and their understanding of one another’s culture, and improve their communication skills.  Upon the completion of the program, IWP will publish the participants’ writings as an anthology. For more program details, please visit and

To qualify, the applicant must:

  • Be a Mongolian student between age of 15 and 18 as of July 13, 2019, currently living in Mongolia;
  • Be fluent in English (reading, writing, and speaking), and able to participate effectively in intercultural exchange;
  • Be a talented young writer who is passionate about creative writing and shows promise to become a future literary figure;
  • Be comfortable with cross-cultural dynamics, and eager to engage with other young writers from diverse cultures;
  • Be able to travel to the United States and stay for the full two weeks.

To apply, submit following documents:

  1. Completed Application Form (.DOC 129 KB); and
  2. A creative writing sample of 6-8 pages of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction) and/or poetry.

Note: All writing samples must be sent in 12-point Times New Roman font and have one-inch margins.  Critical essays (book reports, academic reports, and so forth) will not be accepted. Writing samples must be in one of the following accepted document type: PDF, DOC, or DOCX.  All submissions must be written in English by the nominee.

Complete applications must be submitted to by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the latest.

Any inquiries about the program will not be answered via phone.  Please direct all inquiries to Embassy’s Facebook page, or email at