Grades K-3
Grades 4-6
Grades 7-9
Grades 10-12

Entry fee

Adults/Open $10 per submission

K-12 $3 per submission


Cash, Homer Bucks, and local gift certificates will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category and division!

Congratulations 26th Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest Winners!

Contest Rules:

  1. You must be a resident of the Kenai Peninsula.
  2. Employees of Homer Council on the Arts are ineligible.
  3. All entries must be original work and previously unpublished in newspaper, magazine, book, or online publications.
  4. Contestants may submit unlimited entries, but a single entry must not exceed the following word limits: 5000* words in the Adult/Open division and 1000 words in K-12 divisions (no minimum length). Submissions exceeding this word count will be disqualified.
  5. Each entry must be a separate PDF.
  6. Each entry must contain the title at the top of the first page.
  7. Entries should be double-spaced (except for poetry); recommended font is Times New Roman and size 12 pt.
  8. The entry must not contain the writer’s name anywhere within the document or file name. If it does the entry will be disqualified.
  9.  Save your submission as a PDF with the following file name format:  Title_category.pdf (example: DistantMemory_poetry.pdf)
  10. All entries must be submitted electronically. Go to:
  11. Submission of any entry indicates acceptance of all the contest rules. You will not be reimbursed if your entry is disqualified for failure to follow the rules.

*Please note: winning entries may be published on the Homer Council on the Arts website, and some excerpts may be published in the Homer News and/or Peninsula Clarion.

**If you don’t have computer access or are unsure about how to use electronic submission call the Homer Council on the Arts for assistance at 907-235-4288.

Congratulations to the winners of the 25th Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest(2022)!

READ the winning entries

READ the judges’ comments

March 9, 2023 winners announcement in the Homer News 

Winners: stop by to claim your prize at Homer Council on the Arts no later than May 31st!

Read the winning entries from the 24th Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest (2021) HERE

Thanks to the contest sponsors!