The Wyoming Arts Council uses Submittable to accept applications for the annual Creative Writing Fellowships, the annual Performing Arts Fellowships, and the Frank Nelson Doubleday and Neltje Blanchan Memorial Writing Awards. Please visit the Arts Council website for additional information about fellowships. 


The Frank Nelson Doubleday Award of $1,000 is given for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script written by a woman writer.

This award is 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.

Guidelines for the 2018 Blanchan and Doubleday writing awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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 2017 (or previous year) creative writing fellowship.
  • You may not have received a 2018 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. 

Manuscript guidelines:

  • Submit work in one genre only.
  • Writing may have been previously published. 
  • Manuscript must be consecutively page-numbered. Include title of work and page numbers on each page.
  • Your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • If you submit more than the allowed page limits (see below), extra pages will be removed; you will not be notified.
  • If novel or play/film synopses are part of the manuscript (this is often helpful to the juror), include them in the total page number count.

Length requirements:

  • Poetry, maximum length: 10 pages. Type single-spaced, with no more than one poem per page.
  • Fiction and creative nonfiction, maximum length: 25 pages. Type double-spaced. 
  • Drama and screenplays, maximum length: 25 pages. Must be typed and presented in the standard, industry-accepted format for the type of script submitted.

Submission procedures:

  • You may enter each competition once only, by midnight on March 9, 2018.

After you submit your application:

  • Your name and credentials are not available to juror; all manuscripts are identified by number. Juror will not critique individual manuscripts.

If you win an award:

  • Winners will be notified after March 30, 2018.
  • 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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.

Blanchan and Doubleday Juror

Melissa Kwasny is the author of six books of poetry, including Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today, selected by Linda Bierds for the Pacific Northwest Poetry Series (University of Washington Press 2017), Pictograph (Milkweed Editions 2015), and Reading Novalis in Montana (Milkweed Editions 2009). Her second book Thistle won the Idaho Prize in 2006 and was published by Lost Horse Press. She is also the author of Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision and the editor of two anthologies: Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800-1950 and, along with M.L. Smoker, I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights. Her poems have recently appeared in Kenyon Review, Willow Springs, Field, Basalt, Pleiades, Gulf Coast, The Journal, and many others. Kwasny lives in the Elkhorn Mountains outside Jefferson City, Montana and teaches at Carroll College in Helena.

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. 

This award is 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.

Guidelines for the 2018 Blanchan and Doubleday writing awards

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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 2017 (or previous year) creative writing fellowship.
  • You may not have received a 2018 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).

Manuscript guidelines:

  • Submit work in one genre only.
  • Writing may have been previously published. 
  • Manuscript must be consecutively page-numbered. Include title of work and page numbers on each page.
  • Your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • If you submit more than the allowed page limits (see below), extra pages will be removed; you will not be notified.
  • If novel or play/film synopses are part of the manuscript (this is often helpful to the juror), include them in the total page number count.

Length requirements:

  • Poetry, maximum length: 10 pages. Type single-spaced, with no more than one poem per page.
  • Fiction and creative nonfiction, maximum length: 25 pages. Type double-spaced. 
  • Drama and screenplays, maximum length: 25 pages. Must be typed and presented in the standard, industry-accepted format for the type of script submitted.

Submission procedures:

  • You may enter each competition once only, by midnight on March 9, 2018.

After you submit your application:

  • Your name and credentials are not available to juror; all manuscripts are identified by number. Juror will not critique individual manuscripts.

If you win an award:

  • Winners will be notified after March 30, 2018.
  • 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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.

Blanchan and Doubleday Juror

Melissa Kwasny is the author of six books of poetry, including Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today, selected by Linda Bierds for the Pacific Northwest Poetry Series (University of Washington Press 2017), Pictograph (Milkweed Editions 2015), and Reading Novalis in Montana (Milkweed Editions 2009). Her second book Thistle won the Idaho Prize in 2006 and was published by Lost Horse Press. She is also the author of Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision and the editor of two anthologies: Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800-1950 and, along with M.L. Smoker, I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights. Her poems have recently appeared in Kenyon Review, Willow Springs, Field, Basalt, Pleiades, Gulf Coast, The Journal, and many others. Kwasny lives in the Elkhorn Mountains outside Jefferson City, Montana and teaches at Carroll College in Helena.