How to Apply

Due to the postponement of the 2020 residencies because of COVID, there will be no open application period in 2020.

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Women’s stories are vital and important. Currently, those stories whether expressed in poems, plays, novels, essays, or memoirs are not published, reviewed, or promoted as often as the work of men. Storyknife provides female-identified and nonbinary writers with the time and space to explore their craft without distraction. Every aspect of a residency at Storyknife is steeped in a profound generosity of spirit so that each writer knows she and her work are valuable. Storyknife residents carry away both this affirmation and a living community of women writers to assist their valuable work wherever they go.

Residencies at Storyknife in Homer, Alaska, are either for two or four weeks,  based on preference of the applicant. Resident’s food and lodging is covered during the period of their residency, but travel to and from Homer, Alaska, is the responsibility of the resident. Residents stay in individual cabins & dine at the main house. An on-staff chef is responsible for food preparation.

Residencies are offered in two week and four week periods. Four week residencies begin on the 1st of each month and end on the 28th. Two week residencies begin on the 1st of each month and end on the 15th. Residencies are available April through October.

2020 residencies have been postponed to 2021. Because of this, there will be no application period in 2020. Please make sure that you subscribe to our newsletter below or follow us on Facebook.


Applicants must:

  • Be woman-identified or nonbinary
  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Apply as an individual artist, not a collaborative group or team

You will provide a work sample and answer three 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.)

Work Sample Requirements:

  • Work samples should reflect work completed within the last two years. All work samples must be uploaded through CaFE. Written work samples will be uploaded directly within the application. You do not need to upload images for this 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).
  • Any writing samples with identifying material will be disqualified. This is a blind jurying process.


Storyknife is committed to diversity and elevating marginalized voices. We value all aspects of diversity and seek to make each resident’s time at Storyknife as productive and pleasant as possible.

Please contact executive director, Erin Hollowell, at to ask about accommodation or to speak further about your needs. Storyknife is welcoming to all and will work with you to meet your needs.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility or preparing your application, contact executive director, Erin Hollowell, at

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PO Box 75
Homer, AK 99603

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