Storyknife Writer’s Retreat 2020/ How to Apply (Prize: residency + more)

“Women’s stories are vital and important.”

But there are very few opportunities for women writers. One of the few is the Storyknife Writer’s Retreat, a residency of two or four weeks at Storyknife in Homer, Alaska. During the period of the residency, the resident’s food and lodging is covered; plus, there is the time and space for the resident to explore their craft without distraction.

The residency is for any woman-identified writer—whether of plays, novels, poems, essays, or memoirs—so, if you are, and you’ve been waiting for this opportunity, read the guidelines below and submit.

Who is Eligible to Apply:

  • Anyone who identifies as woman.
  • Anyone who is 21 years of age or more.
  • They only accept applications by individual writers, not a group or team.

How to Apply:

  • Submit a work sample of not more than 10 pages (either fiction, poetry, or nonfiction).
  • The sample might have been previously published or may be unpublished.
  • The sample should reflect works completed within the last two years.
  • If the sample is prose, it should be double-spaced, 12pt. Poetry should be single-spaced, 12pt.
  • Also, include a document of not more than 300 words containing information about how you have sought to educate yourself as a writer; your experience with publishing your work; and the project you hope to pursue during the residency.
  • There should be no identifying information on the work samples and the document containing the information about you.
  • The deadline for submission is December 31st, 2019.
  • Submit here.


  • A two- or four-week residency in Homer, Alaska.

Good luck.

Ernest Ogunyemi

Ernest O. Ogunyemi enjoys playing with words to express what he feels within, or wants to feel. His stories have appeared in magazines and blogs such as Tuck Magazine, Naija Stories, Poetry Soup and his poetry is forthcoming in Acumen91 (out in May) and African Writing. Currently, he is working on a short story collection: Weaving Fine Rhythms from Broken Tunes.

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