Call for Applications: Between the Lines (BTL): Peace and the Writing Experience 2021

February 17, 2021
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Mongolia 

Call for Applications: PAS-Ulaanbaatar-012/FY2021
Between the Lines (BTL): Peace and the Writing Experience 2021 

The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America is accepting applications for “Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP).  Between the Lines (BTL) will bring together 40 international writers between the ages of 15 and 18 from countries on the historic Silk Road land route, as well as 10 U.S.-based peers for a two-week, online creative writing program from July 10 to July 24, 2021.   

The virtual program is free of cost for all selected participants.  All program activities will be in English and will include creative writing workshops, literary readings and Q&As with visiting authors, youth and mentor conversation sessions, as well as group and individual writing assignments outside of class.  Upon the completion of the program, each participant will receive a certificate (PDF) and IWP will digitally publish the students’ writing as an anthology.  For more program details, please visit 

Mongolian/international students must be nominated through the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia. 

To be considered for nomination, the applicant must: 

  • Be a Mongolian student between age of 15 and 18 as of July 10, 2021, 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; 

To apply, submit following documents: 

  • Completed [Nomination Form]; 
  • Original creative prose (fiction and/or nonfiction) and/or poetry in English (6-8 pages); 
  • Prompt #1: refer to [Nomination Form] for details (3 pages maximum); 
  • Prompt #2: refer to [Nomination Form] for details (400 words maximum); and 
  • Statement of Purpose: refer to [Nomination Form] for details (250 words maximum).   

Note: All requested documents must be in 12-point Times New Roman font with have one-inch margins and be in one of the following accepted document type: PDF, DOC, or DOCX.  Book reports and other academic writing will not be accepted You may submit one piece or several pieces of creative work to make the 6-8-page requirement.  All submissions must be written in English by the applicant.  Refer to the [International Student Nomination Form] and IWP website for additional guidance. 

Interested applicants are encouraged to participate an informational webinar hosted by IWP on February 21, 2021 12-1:30 p.m. CST to join IWP staff, and BTL faculty and alumni for writing activities and a Q&A session about the program and the application process  

Complete applications must be submitted to by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 15, 2021 at the latest. 

Any inquiries about the program will not be answered via phone.  Please direct all inquiries to