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26th Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest

The Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest provides an opportunity for the writers of the Kenai Peninsula to practice and grow their craft. The contest is open to all ages, Kindergarten-Adult, in an attempt to engage the entire community in the literary arts. HCOA reaches out to local schools and language arts teachers to emphasize the importance of education and youth outreach. The Kenai Peninsula is full of talented individuals in all areas of the arts, the Writers’ Contest is our chance to lift up and celebrate the writers and poets among us and those who may emerge in the future.

Important Dates:

Submissions Open: January 15th 

Submissions Close: March 2nd 

Winners will be announced in early April 

**Please review the contest rules posted below before submitting  

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 All entries must be original work and previously unpublished in newspaper, magazine, book, or online publications.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.
  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.