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 Wyoming Arts Council is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Blanchan and Doubleday 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 by submitting manuscripts and an entry form by the deadline of November 14.

All submissions must be completed through Submittable (instructions available here).


2017 Blanchan/Doubleday juror Taylor Brorby

Juror for 2017
The juror for this year’s awards is Taylor Brorby, an award-winning essayist, and a poet. A fellow at the Black Earth Institute, Taylor’s work has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, newspapers, as well as public radio. He is the editor of the country’s first anthology of creative writing on fracking, Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America. He is Reviews Editor at Orion Magazine, and his first poetry collection, Crude: Poems, will be released next year. He is currently at work on another poetry collection as well as a collection of essays.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of application.
  • Must not be a full-time student pursuing high school, college, or university art-related degrees.
  • Must not be full-time college faculty.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have legal resident status (evidence of U.S. citizenship, resident status and state residency may be required).
  • May not be affiliated with the Wyoming Arts Council either as a board member or staff member, including their families, whether full-time, part-time or contractual.
  • May not be an employee of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.
  • Must have been domiciled within the state borders for a total of 20 months in the previous two years.
  • Must remain a Wyoming resident for at least one year after award, living in the state for at least 10 months of the year.
  • Must not have received a Blanchan or Doubleday award in the last four years. You may apply for these awards if you received a 2016 (or previous year) creative writing fellowship.
  • You may not have received a 2017 Arts Council creative writing fellowship.
  • You may enter if you have never published a book, if you’ve published only one full-length book of fiction, poetry or nonfiction, or if you have published no more than one book of poetry, one of fiction, and one of nonfiction (self-publication excluded).
  • For the Doubleday category, you must be a woman.


  • Winners will be notified after December 5, 2016.
  • You’ll receive $1,000. At the discretion of the juror, no award may be given.
  • You’ll sign a contract which verifies that you’re eligible to receive this award.
  • You must remain a resident of the state through Dec. 31, 2017, living within its borders for at least ten months of the year.
  • You’ll need to supply a resume and photograph for publicity, and the Arts Council will ask permission to publish some of your work in its publications.
  • You’ll retain the right of publication to the work you produce during the award period.
  • You must fill out a final report, due June 30, 2017, which asks questions about how this award helped you and what you accomplished during the year. There are no requirements regarding work you complete during the award period or how you use the funds.
  • You may receive an additional stipend to travel in the state to read your work.

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


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.


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
      • 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

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: Rachel Clifton