Wyoming Arts Council

Creative Writing Fellowships

The Wyoming Arts Council offers two fellowship opportunities for Wyoming creative writers.

2017 Wyoming Arts Council creative writing fellowship winner for poetry Connie Wieneke reads at the Casper College and ARTCORE Literary Conference

2017 Wyoming Arts Council creative writing fellowship winner for poetry Connie Wieneke reads at the Casper College and ARTCORE Literary Conference

Neltje Blanchan and Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Writing Awards 

The Frank Nelson Doubleday Award of $1,000 is given for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script written by a woman writer. The Neltje Blanchan Memorial Writing Award, $1,000, is given annually for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script which is informed by a relationship with the natural world. Both awards are designed to bring attention to writers in Wyoming who have not yet received wide recognition for their work, and to support emerging writers at crucial times in their careers. Poets, fiction writers, essayists, and script writers who have published no more than one book in each genre and who are not students or faculty members are invited to apply.

2017 Blanchan and Doubleday Award Recipients

Frank Nelson Doubleday Award: Erin Jones of Laramie, WY

Jones has a dual MFA in creative writing and environment and natural resources from the University of Wyoming and a BA in geography from The University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as a ranger, teacher, winter camping guide, and waitress. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in “Western Confluence, Out There,” and “The Normal School.” She lives in Laramie where she produces Wyoming Public Media’s storytelling podcast, HumaNature, and is at work on her first novel.

 

Neltje Blanchan Award: Jayme Feary of Jackson, WY

Feary, a writer and photographer published in various regional and national magazines, is known mostly for his narrative journalism, but he also writes poetry, fiction, and scripts. Recently his nonfiction play “Love Plays the Piano” was performed at Jackson’s Center for the Arts as a part of Riot Act’s Annual Series of Shorts.

He earned an MFA from the University of Montana where he was a Bertha Morton Fellow. He is a past recipient of a Wyoming Arts Council creative nonfiction fellowship. He lives in Jackson, where he is currently polishing his first book-length manuscript.

Creative Writing Fellowships

Creative Writing fellowships are awards of merit, based on a writer’s body of work, and honoring Wyoming’s literary artists whose work reflects serious and exceptional writing. The format of the 2017 fellowships is new: one $3,000 fellowship will be awarded in each category of Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction, for a total of three fellowships. Applications are juried by noted authors, literary agents, or writing professionals from outside the state. Jurors may award honorable mentions. Recipients of the Creative Writing fellowships will share their work at the Wyoming literary conference of their choice.

2017 Creative Writing Fellowship Recipients

stephen-lottridge

Creative Nonfiction Winner: Stephen S. Lottridge of Jackson, WY
Stephen is a former professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and a retired clinical psychologist.  Educated on the coasts, he was raised in the mountain and sage brush west.   He has lived in Wyoming for the last twenty eight years, first in Rock Springs and now in Jackson.  He is the father of three grown, adopted children.  He has served on the Wyoming Humanities Council and the Wyoming Psychology Board.  He is an actor and director in local theater, leads book discussion groups and rides his bicycle.  He currently focuses on writing creative non-fiction, poetry and plays.

connie-wieneke_headshotPoetry Winner: Connie Wieneke of  Wilson, WY
Connie moved to Wyoming in 1983. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana in 1991. Her fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Stand, Creative Nonfiction, Whiskey Island Magazine, Owen Wister Review, Cutbank, and others, as well as on-line in Silver Birch Press, Open Window Review and Clerestory Poetry Journal. In 1996, American & World Geographic published Jackson Hole: Crossroads of the West. Previously, she received a WAC fellowship for creative nonfiction for an essay that has been reprinted in two anthologies. Her work is forthcoming in The Artists Field Guide To Greater Yellowstone (Torrey House Press) and in Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone (Sastrugi Press). Currently, she is working on a collection of poems about her family in both the social context and the landscape of the West. To keep her in the writing life, she works as a bookkeeper, as the assistant director of Jackson Hole Writers, and practices yoga and meditation. She lives in Wilson with her husband Rich, nine chickens and an ancient frog.

michael_sudmeier_headshot_by_kyler_deutmeyer Fiction Winner: Michael Sudmeier of Wilson, WY
Michael lives with his wife and young son in Wilson, Wyoming. Prior to working as a freelance writer, he biked across the country a few times, guided and directed outdoor education backpacking trips, and taught high school English on the Zuni Reservation. He is currently working on his first novel.

Honorable mentions in the 2017 contest include Claudia Mauro of Jackson and Leah Shlacter of Jackson for Poetry, Valerie Pexton of Laramie and Tim Sandlin of Jackson for Fiction, and Diane Panozzo of Tie Siding for Creative Nonfiction.

Previous Creative Writing Fellowship Recipients

List of Previous Recipients

  • Fiscal Year 1987 (awarded 1986)
    Tilly Warnock; Laramie, Len Sherwin; Douglas, Kirk Keller; Moran, Mary Alice Gunderson; Casper. Jurors: Mark Harelik, William Kloefkorn and Marilyn Krysl.
  • FY 88 (awarded 1987)
    Sandra Dorr; Story, Mark Jenkins; Laramie, John Nesbitt; Torrington, Tim Sandlin; Jackson. Jurors: Joy Harjo, Nancy Mairs and Bill Ransom.
  • FY 89 (awarded 1988)
    B.J. Buckley, Arvada; David Mouat, Worland; Mark Spragg, Wapiti; Geoff Peterson; Green River. Jurors: Marvin Bell, Terry McMillan and Kim Stafford.
  • FY 90 (awarded 1989)
    Rick Kempa, Rock Springs; Jennifer McMullin, Casper; Barbara Smith, Rock Springs; Dan Whipple, Casper. Jurors: Ray Gonzalez, Diane Wakoski and Jerome Washington.
  • FY 91 (awarded 1990)
    Vicki Lindner, Laramie; Michael Riley, Cody; Geoff O’Gara, Lander (only three winners in FY 91). Jurors: David Lee, Russell Martin and Mary LaChapelle.
  • FY 92 (awarded 1991)
    C.J. Box, Cheyenne; Len Edgerly, Casper; Dainis Hazners, Story; Julia Hoagland, Powell. Jurors: Denise Chavez, Don Snow and Michael Martone.
  • FY 93 (awarded 1992)
    Leslie (Bridewell) McMillan, Rock Springs; Scott Hagel, Cody; Mark Jenkins, Laramie; Page Lambert, Sundance. Jurors: Starkey Flythe, Jr., Linda Hasselstrom and David Milofsky.
  • FY 94 (awarded 1993)
    Tim McGee, Worland; Hannah Hinchman, Dubois; Rodney Mahaffey, Casper; and Lawrence Sullenger, Story. Jurors: Simon Ortiz, Scott Walker and Wanda Coleman.
  • FY 95 (awarded 1994)
    Janell Hanson, Laramie; Craig Johnson, Ucross; Marie J. Carvalho, Rock Springs; Stephanie Buehler, Sheridan. Jurors: Dagoberto Gilb, Gregg Levoy and Robert Greer.
  • FY 96 (awarded 1995)
    C.L. Rawlins, Laramie; Suzanne Tyler, Jackson; Jane Wohl, Sheridan; Ron Franscell, Gillette. Jurors: Peggy Shumaker, Michael Katakis and Melissa Pritchard.
  • FY 97 (awarded 1996)
    Laura Bell, Shell; Bob McKee, Douglas; Diane LeBlanc, Laramie; David Romtvedt, Buffalo. Jurors: Ron Carlson, Elizabeth Woody and E. Ethelbert Miller.
  • FY 98 (awarded 1997)
    Dainis Hazners, Story; Jon Billman, Kemmerer; Julia Hoagland, Powell; Maija Rhee Devine, Laramie. Jurors: Mary Crow; Kevin McIlvoy; and Jewell Parker Rhodes.
  • FY 99 (awarded 1998)
    Carol Deering, Riverton; Christy Stillwell, Laramie; William Hoagland, Powell; Lisa Vice, Thermopolis. Jurors: Agha Shahid Ali, Jonis Agee and Kent Nelson.
  • FY 00 (awarded 1999)
    Mark Spragg, Cody; Alyson Hagy, Laramie; Sam Western, Sheridan; Martha Clark Cummings, Thermopolis. Jurors: Sandra Alcosser, Mark Amerika and Stephanie von Hirschberg.
  • FY 01 (awarded 2000)
    Robert Druchniak, Evanston; Charles Levendosky, Casper; Stefani Farris, Laramie; Geoff Peterson, Green River. Jurors: Lewis Nordan, Judyth Hill and Gary Ferguson.
  • FY 02 (awarded 2001)
    Rodney Gene Mahaffey, Casper; Paisley Rekdal, Laramie; Chavawn Kelley, Laramie; Bo Moore, Green River. Jurors: M.L. Liebler, Bill Tremblay and Sharman Apt Russell.
  • FY 03 (awarded 2002)
    Diane Panozzo, Tie Siding; Ted Kerasote, Jackson; Ann McCutchan, Laramie; Connie Wieneke, Wilson. Jurors: Robert Priest, Lisa D. Chavez and Bob Fox.
  • FY 04 (poetry – awarded 2003)
    W. Dale Nelson, Laramie; Page Lambert, Sundance; and Michael Harkin, Laramie. Judge: Virgil Suarez.
  • FY 05 (creative nonfiction – awarded 2004)
    Heather LaVonne Jensen, Cheyenne; Laura Bell, Cody; and Vicki Lindner, Casper. Judge: Elmaz Abinader
  • FY 06 (fiction – awarded 2005)
    John English, Casper; Alyson Hagy, Laramie; Geneen Marie Haugen, Kelly. Judge: James Sallis
  • FY 07 (poetry – awarded 2006)
    Jane Wohl, Sheridan; Myra L. Peak, Green River; and Jeffe Kennedy, Laramie. Judge: Rosemary Daniell
  • FY 08 (creative nonfiction – awarded 2007)
    John Sutton of Sheridan, John D. Nesbitt of Torrington, Chavawn Kelley of Laramie. Judge: Nick Flynn
  • FY 09 (fiction – awarded 2008)
    Kevin Holdsworth, Green River; Doug Reitinger, Sheridan; and Valerie Pexton, Laramie. Judge: Laura Pritchett.
  • FY 10 (poetry — awarded 2009)
    Sam Renken, Laramie; Lori Van Pelt, Saratoga; and David Zoby, Casper. Judge: Greg Pape.
  • FY 11 (creative nonfiction – awarded 2010)
    Joel Burdess, Casper; Jayme Feary, Jackson; and Pam Galbreath, Laramie. Judge: Lee Gutkind.
  • FY 12 (fiction – awarded 2011)
    Kathy Bjornestad, Sundance; Samuel Western, Sheridan; Stefani Farris, Lander. Judge: Pam Houston.
  • FY 13 (poetry — awarded 2012)
    Claudia Mauro, Jackson; Matt Daly, Jackson; W. Dale Nelson, Laramie. Judge: Brian Turner
  • FY 14 (creative nonfiction — awarded 2013)
    Chad Hanson, Casper; Mary Beth Baptiste, Laramie; Heather Jensen, Cheyenne. Judge: Connie May Fowler
  • FY 15 (fiction — awarded 2014)
    Shawn Klomparens, Jackson; Estella Soto, Laramie. Judge: Meg Pokrass
  • FY 16 (poetry — awarded 2015)
    Carol Deering, Riverton; Constance Brewer, Gillette; Kathleen Smith, Gillette. Judge: Rebecca Foust.
  • FY17 (awarded FY16)
    Stephen S. Lottridge, Jackson (Creative Nonfiction); Connie Wieneke, Wilson (Poetry);  Michael Sudmeier, Wilson (Fiction). Judges: Creative Nonfiction – Dave Madden, Fiction – Ted Thompson, Poetry – Laurie Saurborn

 

List of Previous Blanchan and Doubleday Award Recipients

Since 1989, 44 talented writers have received Blanchan/Doubleday awards: Geoffrey O’Gara, Betsy Orient Bernfeld, Hannah Hinchman, David Mouat, Sheila Roberts, Scott Hagel, Holly Skinner, C.L. Rawlins, Marcia Saum, Dainis Hazners, Barbara Gilbert, William Hoagland, Diane LeBlanc, Tina Willis, Maija Rhee Devine, Mary Beth Baptiste, Julene Bair, Chavawn Kelley, Geneen Marie Haugen, Janell Hanson, Mark Spragg, Karol Griffin, Stefani Farris, Laura Bell, Darcy Lipp-Acord, Jack Clinton, Tina Welling, Susan Marsh, Myra L. Peak, Marcia Hensley, Jeffe Kennedy, Melodie Edwards, Bo Moore, Barbara Smith, Alisan Peters, Lou O. Madison, Christine B. Nelson, W. Dale Nelson, Nina S. McConigley, Patricia Frolander, Edith Cook, George Vlastos, Christine Fadden, Yvette Ward-Horner, Matt Daly and Marylee White.

 


Grant Information

Deadline: Varies
Amount: $3,000 and $1,000
Contact: Rachel Clifton

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