The Wyoming Arts Council offers two fellowship opportunities for Wyoming creative writers.
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.
Apply now for a Wyoming Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowship
The Wyoming Arts Council is accepting applications for the 2018 Creative Writing fellowships. Fellowships will be awarded in the categories of Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction, for a total of three fellowships.
Applications are accepted online via Submittable at https://wyomingartscouncil.submittable.com/submit. The application deadline is August 16.
Jurors for this year are:
Kelly Luce (Fiction) is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (A Strange Object, 2013), which won Foreword Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, and the novel Pull Me Under (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016). After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Salon, O, the Oprah Magazine, The Southern Review, and other publications. She received an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin in 2015. She is a Contributing Editor for Electric Literature and a 2016-17 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Justin St. Germain (Creative Nonfiction) is the author of the memoir Son of a Gun, which won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award in Nonfiction and was named a best book of 2013 by Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Salon, and Library Journal, among others. His writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, Tin House, DIAGRAM, Territory, and Barrelhouse. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He lives in Oregon and teaches at Oregon State.
Bill Tremblay (Poetry) is a poet and novelist. His work has appeared in nine full-length volumes including Crying in the Cheap Seats (University of Massachusetts Press), Shooting Script: Door of Fire (Eastern Washington University Press) which won the Colorado Book Award, and most recently Walks Along the Ditch: Poems (Lynx House Press). He has received fellowships and awards from the NEA, the NEH, the Fulbright Commission, and the Corporation at Yaddo. His work has been featured in many anthologies including Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry, and Poets of the New American West. He directed the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Colorado State University, founded the Colorado Review, and served as its chief editor for 15 years.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old and Wyoming residents, living within the state’s borders for at least ten months of the year since July 1, 2016. Applicants must not be a full-time student pursuing high school, college, or university art-related degrees. A complete list of eligibility requirements and additional information can be found on the Arts Council website at www.wyomingartscouncil.org.
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.
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.
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.