Winners of the Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest


Homer Council on the Arts
355 West Pioneer Ave
Homer, AK, 99603


Please join us to celebrate at the "Writers Read"
Saturday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m.

Tom Kizzia, HCOA Artist of the Year, will present the awards,
and winners will read from their work.

To read the winner's work, CLICK on TITLE of winning entry.

grades 10-12 fiction
Winner: Hannah Pothast, Race Day
Honorable Mention: Larsen Rose Fellows, Pumping Perfection's Blood

grades 10-12 nonfiction
Winner: Katherine Dolma, Sunbaked Spanglish
Honorable Mention: Molly Mitchell, Deep in the Sagebrush

grades 10-12 poetry
Winner: Hannah Pothast, The Things I Carry

grades 7-9 fiction
Winner: Chloe Pleznac, the Wolf Child
Honorable Mention: Jaylen Uhls, The Awakening

grades 7-9 nonfiction
Winner: Audrey Russell, The Aftermath: A Slightly Bitter Memoir
Honorable Mention: Jamie Yerkes, Commercial Fishing

grades 7-9 poetry
Winner: Summer R McGuire, I RAN
Honorable Mention: Briea Gregory, Hearts in Frost

grades 4-6 fiction
Winner: Julius woods, Barry
Honorable Mention: Phinny Weston, Why the Wolf Howls at Night

grades 4-6 nonfiction
Winner: Ethan Pitzman, Silver Slaying
Honorable Mention: Katlyn Vogl, Flip,Jump & Dive
Honorable Mention: Aiyana Cline, Siblings 10
Honorable Mention: Brenden Boehme, Harbor Seals: Water Wraiths of the Sea

grades 4-6 poetry
Winner: Xander Kulhanek, Wolf Canyon Walk
Honorable Mention: Cameron Blaine, Fantasy
Honorable Mention: Cassidy Wylde, Otter Nightmare

grades K-3 fiction
Winner: Alana Houlihan, My Made up Life
Honorable Mention: Alana Houlihan, The Seven Seas
Honorable Mention: Ben Dickson, Ros: A Hawk's Tale

grades K-3 nonfiction
Winner: Bailey Young, The Trip to the Beach
Honorable Mention: Laura Davoudlarian, The Stupid Dogs

grades K-3 poetry
Winner: Hope Stearns, My Best Friend Elena
Honorable Mention: Maggie Mae Gaylord, Sweet and Sour
Honorable Mention: Bea Strobel, Seeing Nothing

adult fiction
Winner: Taneeka Hansen, Opaque
Honorable Mention: Benn Levine, Sasha is Dead

adult nonfiction
Winner: Georgiann (anni) Paynter, Easy Street
Honorable Mention: Mairiis Kilcher, The Writer's Contest

adult poetry
Winner: J. Hughes, How long have you been here?
Honorable Mention: Nancy M. Chastain, Who He Was
Honorable Mention: Dan Crane, Old Man Larsen
Honorable Mention: Ryan Dowling, Poetry and Sleep


Chose Winners and Honorable Mentions from list of Finalists.

Julie Riddle
Julie Riddle is the craft-essay editor for Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction, and the creative-nonfiction editor for Rock & Sling: A Journal of Witness. By day she works as senior writer for marketing and development at Whitworth University and is associate editor of Whitworth Today magazine. She holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. Her essay, “Shadow Animals,” appeared in the fall 2013 issue of The Georgia Review.

Tina Schumann
Seattle poet Tina Schumann’s work was awarded the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize in 2010 for her manuscript As If (Split Oak Press). She is the recipient of the American Poet Prize and her work received honorable mentions in The Atlantic and Crab Creek Review poetry contest. Her work was named a finalist in the National Poetry Series, the 2012 poetry contest and in 2012 Tupelo Press listed her full manuscript as a “Remarkable Work” in their open reading period. She is a Pushcart nominee and the editor of the forthcoming anthology Two-Countries: U.S. Sons and Daughters of Immigrant Parents. She holds an MFA from Pacific Lutheran University and her poems have appeared in various publication including The American Poetry Journal, Ascent, Cimarron Review, Crab Creek Review, Harpur Palate, Midwest Quarterly, Palabra, Parabola, Poemeleon, Poetry International, Raven Chronicles, San Pedro River Review,, and the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.

Noah Ashenhurst
Noah Ashenhurst's first novel, Comfort Food, won an Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Regional Fiction (West-Pacific). He earned his MFA from Rainier Writing Workshop (Pacific Lutheran University) where he had the opportunity to work with writers such as Ann Pancake, David Huddle, Kent Myers, and Jess Walter. Noah's short fiction has appeared in 10,000 Tons of Black Ink, Absinthe Revival, Apparatus Magazine, The Autumn Sound Review, Beyond the Margins: A Literature and Art Magazine, Brittle Star (UK), and Write This. He is currently teaching in Olympia, Washington and submitting his second novel for publication.

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