Wyoming Arts Council

Creative Writing Fellowships

The Literature Program offers two fellowship programs for Wyoming creative writers.

Creative Writing Fellowships

Application deadline for creative writing fellowships in poetry has passed. Stay tuned to find out the names of the winners and honorable mentions.

Three $3,000 fellowships are given annually to Wyoming literary artists. Submissions are accepted annually in one of three creative writing genres: poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Winners also will receive a $500 travel stipend to read their work at the Casper College Literary Conference Sept. 25-26 in Casper.  More information about the fellowships is available here.

Applicants must be Wyoming residents and at least 18 years old at the time of application. You must not be a full-time student pursuing high school, college, or university art-related degrees.

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Rebecca Foust, judge for the 2016 creative writing fellowships in poetry.

Fellowship judge this year is California poet Rebecca Foust. She was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and has received fellowships from The Frost Place, the MacDowell Colony and the 2015 Sewanee Writer’s Conference. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive, won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry, and new poems are in the Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, Southern Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor for Women’s Voices for Change. For more about Rebecca Foust, go to her web site.

For more information, contact Michael Shay, 307-777-5234 or mike.shay@wyo.gov, or visit the WAC web site at www.wyomingartscouncil.

Neltje Blanchan and Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Writing Awards 

The $1,000 Blanchan award goes to a writer whose work, in any genre, has been inspired by nature. The $1,000 Doubleday award goes to a woman writer of exceptional talent in any creative writing genre. Winners also receive a stipend to attend an annual reading. The Council reserves the right not to make awards based on judge recommendations. The applications for the 2015 Blanchan and Doubleday writing awards are available online only via Submittable. You have to submit separately (if you qualify) for both the Blanchan and Doubleday awards listed under the Wyoming Arts Council. Applications for the 2016 awards will be available in fall 2015.

List of Creative Writing Fellowship 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

List of Blanchan/Doubleday 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: Michael Shay