Storyknife Writer’s Retreat / Deadline: August 31

Storyknife provides women with the time and space to explore their craft without distraction. Residencies at Storyknife in Homer, Alaska, are either for two or four weeks, with food and lodging covered during the period of their residency. Travel to and from Homer, Alaska, is the responsibility of the resident. Applicants must be woman-identified, 21 years or older, and applying as an individual artist. There is a fee of $40.

Applicants must:

  • Be woman-identified
  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Apply as an individual artist, not a collaborative group or team
  • Writers who have been in residency for a minimum of two-weeks at Storyknife must wait five years before they can re-apply for another residency.

Please note that for the 2024 residency season, the Board of Directors of Storyknife strongly requests that all residents must be vaccinated and appropriately boosted against COVID-19.

You will provide a work sample and answer four questions (each answer 300 words or fewer).

  • How have you sought to educate yourself as a writer? (Formal education not a prerequisite, but evidence of curiosity and learning in your applicable genre is.)
  • What is your experience with publishing your work? (Publishing is not a prerequisite but is considered a goal for writers who attend Storyknife.)
  • What project will you pursue while in residency? (Please note that you will be free to work on whatever writing you wish during residency. We simply are interested in what you think you’ll be pursuing.)
  • Why would a writing residency benefit you at this time especially?

Work Sample Requirements:

  • Work samples should reflect work completed within the last two years. All work samples must be uploaded through Submittable. Written work samples will be uploaded directly within the application.
  • Applicants can submit published or unpublished work samples. 
  • All work samples must be combined into one PDF file.
  • A writing sample not to exceed 10 pages (prose: double-spaced 12 point font, poetry: single-spaced 12 point font acceptable). Prose includes screenplays and stage plays which also must conform to the 10 page limit.
  • Any writing samples with identifying material will be disqualified. Identifying material is your full name, address, or publication credits. This only refers to the writing sample, not the answers to the questions. This is an anonymous jurying process.

Click here for more information and to apply.

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