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Mosea Lee Barnes 2022 Writing Competition!

The Writer's Well is extending our submissions through October 31st for our 2022 Mosea Lee Barnes Writer's Well Competition. The winner will be notified by December 1, 2022.

This competition is named in memory and in honor of my late mother, Mosea Lee Barnes, and her love of writing.

The Writer's Well was founded in 2007  to nurture women writers in a setting that celebrates sisterhood and unity. The retreat aims to offer a space where women may come to unblock their creative energies, listen to their inner voices, and push their literary limits.

The Writer's Well is an ongoing peaceful and scenic safe haven for female writers who want to activate their literary voices. 

Located on a sprawling southern property of 1.8 acres, this serene and private place provides the perfect setting for serious writers, both beginning and seasoned, to create without distraction. Georgia pines, oak, and maple trees embrace The Writer's Well, fashioning a woodsy, smoke-free environment for writers to walk, breathe and of course, write!

Submissions must include a cover letter, writing resume/bio and a three page double-spaced writing sample from such genres as memoir, autobiography, short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, or poetry.

Please submit the complete application to Adilah Barnes


Please include the submission fee of $35.00 through PayPal.

The week-stay winning must be completed by October 31, 2023 (COVID-19 safety measures will be adhered to).

Please pass the word on to writers of all genres.

The Writer's Well looks forward to submissions in 2022!

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From the Proprietor
Adilah Barnes

I am delighted to say that The Writer’s Well, an international literary retreat for women that I founded in 2007 in Sharpsburg, Georgia is still alive and thriving! 

What began as a vision to support women writers has grown over the years. We have writers who continue to join us for a literary experience from as far away as Ghana and Puerto Rico. Those from around the US have come from such states as New York, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Indiana, and Iowa.

Writers have come to explore literary, performance, and filmmaking genres that include novels, memoirs, autobiographies, screenwriting, one-person plays, poetry, children’s pictorial books, academic writings, and more!

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