The Wyoming Arts Council offers two fellowship opportunities for Wyoming creative writers.
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.
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.
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.
Poetry 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.
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
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.
Amount: $3,000 and $1,000
Contact: Rachel Clifton