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. 


WHAT IS A CREATIVE WRITING FELLOWSHIP?

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. One 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 a Wyoming literary conference.

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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 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.
  • Applicants must register or update their information in the Wyoming Arts Council’s Artists & Venues Directory.
  • Must not have received a Creative Writing fellowship within the last four years.
  • May receive a total of two fellowship awards in your lifetime.
  • You may not receive a 2018 Blanchan or Doubleday writing award, but you may enter this competition if you were a previous Blanchan or Doubleday winner.
  • You may enter the competition only once by the deadline.
  • You may only enter the competition in one category (Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction).

WHAT IF YOU WIN AN AWARD?

  • You’ll receive $3,000 up front.
  • You will receive an honorarium/travel stipend, if applicable, to present your work at a fellowship reading at your choice of literary conference: the Casper College Literary Conference (September), WyoWriters Conference (June) or the Jackson Hole Writer's Conference (June).  
  • You’ll sign a contract that verifies you’re eligible to receive this award.
  • You’ll need to supply a resume, bio, and a photograph for publicity.
  • The Arts Council will retain your manuscript for possible use in excerpts for promotional purposes and Arts Council publications (print and electronic).
  • You will retain all rights to this work and the work you produce during the grant period.
  • You must fill out a final report form, due August 31, 2019, which asks questions about how this award helped you and what you accomplished during the year you received it.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (all categories)

  • Writing may have been previously published, but don’t submit reprints.
  • Work must have been created within the past 5 years.
  • Pages must be numbered; include title of work and page number on each page.
  • Your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • If you submit more than the allowable page limits, extra pages will be removed.
  • Do not send supplementary materials (letters, resumes, etc.)
  • All work must be combined into one document and uploaded.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES - Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

  • You may submit up to 25 printed pages of fiction, typed, double-spaced using a 12-point standard font.
  • For a book excerpt, you may provide a synopsis, but it will be included in the 25-page limit.
  • You may submit more than one piece, as long as you don’t exceed the 25-page limit.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES - Poetry

  • You may submit up to 10 pages of poetry, typed, single-spaced using a 12-point standard font.
  • Submit only one poem per page.

JURORS

Poetry - Cecily Parks is the author of two collections of poetry: Field Folly Snow (2008), finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award, and O'Nights (2015), winner of the Kinereth Gensler Prize. She is the editor of the anthology The Echoing Green: Poems of Fields, Meadows, and Grasses (2016). Her poems appear in The New Republic, The New Yorker, Tin House, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, she teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Texas State University.

Fiction - Andrew Altschul is the author of the novels Lady Lazarus and Deus Ex Machina, which NPR described as “brilliant… one of the best novels about American culture in years.”His short fiction and essays have appeared in Esquire, McSweeney's, Ploughshares, Fence, One Story, and other publications, and in anthologies including Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best New American Voices, and O. Henry Prize Stories. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford, he has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences, the Ucross Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center. He was the founding Books Editor of The Rumpus and is a Contributing Editor at Zyzzyva. He lives in Fort Collins, CO, and teaches at Colorado State University.

Creative Nonfiction -  Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, Paris Review Daily, and other places. He is an 826DC advisory board member, has received fellowships and scholarships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and the Ucross Foundation, and was the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University. His memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe, was the recipient of the Center for Fiction's Christopher Doheny Award.


WHAT IS A PERFORMING ARTS FELLOWSHIP?

Performing Arts Fellowships are awards of merit that are given in honor of excellence in the artists' field. They are juried by noted professionals in the field based on appropriate media samples and artist statements. A total of 4 fellowships to be awarded. 2 fellowships will be given in the category or Music; applicants may apply either in Composition or in Performance, and 2 fellowships will be awarded in the category of Theatre and Dance; applicants may apply in either Creation or in Performance. Please see below for more information about the categories and submission guidelines. Artists may only apply in one category (Music -or- Theatre and Dance). 

ELIGIBILITY (all categories)    

  • 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 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 Performing Arts fellowship within the last four years.
  • May receive a total of two fellowship awards in your lifetime.
  • You may enter the competition only once by the deadline.
  • You may only enter the competition in one category (Music -or- Theatre and Dance).

WHAT IF YOU WIN AN AWARD?

  • You’ll receive $3,000 up front.
  • You’ll sign a contract that verifies you’re eligible to receive this award.
  • You’ll need to supply a bio and a photograph for publicity.
  • The Arts Council will work with you to find an appropriate venue or showcase to publicly share your work. 
  • You will retain all rights to this work and the work you produce during the grant period.
  • You must fill out a final report form, due August 31, 2019, which asks questions about how this award helped you and what you accomplished during the year you received it.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (Music)

Applicants may apply in either Composition or Performance. Solo, chamber, or orchestra/large ensemble works for any combination of instruments and/or voice (including electronic and electro-acoustic works), and including singer-songwriters, Native American, and world music will be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (Theatre and Dance)

Applicants may apply in either Creation or Performance. Dance or choreography (any style or genre), theatre or musical theatre works, technical theatre (lighting, set, or costume design), storytelling, and directing will be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (All)

  • All applicants must register or update their information on the WY Arts Council’s Artists & Venues Directory.
  • Jurying is done anonymously; application materials should not list your name.
  • All applications must be submitted online through Submittable.
  • All submissions must include: 
    • If available, reviews of your work
    • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
    • Artistic Statement
    • A maximum of 5 work samples that best demonstrate the applicant’s work must submitted in the correct format. Documents, images, audio, and video files will be accepted, or a combination thereof.
      • Each work sample must include a written statement explaining your concept/choices/process for the works submitted as examples;
      • Those applying in either Composition or Creation must submit original work created within the past 5 years.
      • Performances may be original works or performances of other works (not original) that were performed within the past 5 years.
  • If performing in the work of another artist, you must credit the artist and indicate that permission has been granted.
  • Fellowships are awarded to an individual; however works samples of group performances will be accepted for demonstrative purposes as long as the individual applicant is clearly identified.

JURORS

Theatre and Dance - Justin Ross, an alumnus of the American Film Institute, is the director of the LOGO hit WAITING FOR YVETTE starring Wendie Malick. Theater directing and choreographing credits include the Off-Broadway smash I COULD GO ON LIP-SYNCHING! starring Lypsinka, BLOCKS at the Rainbow Room starring Faith Prince, Linda Hart, Julius LaRosa and Sandahl Bergman, Bill Russell’s ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS starring John

Rubenstein, the Los Angeles premiere of David Rubinoff’s STUCK and the Los Angeles Times’ acclaimed production of Adam Rapp’s NOCTURNE. Staged readings include Tom Eyen’s WOMEN BEHIND BARS starring Lainie Kazan, Jennifer Tilly, Niecy Nash, Lesley Ann Warren and Peter Facinelli. He is currently directing and choreographing Mark Saltzman’s ROMEO & BERNADETTE which enjoyed a sold out run this past summer at the Wyoming Theater Festival. Mr. Ross is a founding member of Lincoln Center Theater’s Director’s Lab, has been a professor at New York University’s Musical Theater Program and he continues to teach master classes worldwide. 

As an actor Justin Ross is best known to audiences for his portrayal of “Greg” in the original Broadway production of A CHORUS LINE, a role he recreated for Richard Attenborough’s screen adaptation. Other Broadway credits include the Stephen Schwartz musicals THE MAGIC SHOW and PIPPIN where he played

“Lewis”, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. He recently won raves for his performance as “Scrooge” in the play GAY APPAREL, A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

Big screen appearances include supporting roles in THE FAN, FUNNY ABOUT LOVE, QUICK CHANGE and CITY BY THE SEA as well as appearing as himself in the recent documentary CAROL CHANNING: LARGER THAN LIFE and the upcoming BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE. He can currently be seen as “Gene” in the HULU film, LOVE OR WHATEVER.

On the small screen he has appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW with JAY LENO, classic sitcoms such as MURPHY BROWN and COACH, and as “Jack” in a series of JACK-IN-THE-BOX commercials. He is currently representing JET BLUE in their new credit card commercials.

Music -   Pianist Deborah Schmit-Lobis has performed with just about every major classical organization in the Denver area although she loves and plays just about every style of music. She’s toured nationally and internationally with such artists as Andrea Bocelli, played the accordion with Luciano Pavarotti in his last Denver concert, and has performed with James Galway, Eileen Ivers and the Paul Winter Consort in conjunction with the Colorado Symphony. She’s also toured with the 70’s band Edison Lighthouse and the Boys from Beatlemania. She’s often seen playing or conducting at the Denver Center Theater, most recently having performed the production of Quilters.

As a composer and arranger most recently she's had a commission from the Colorado Children’s Chorale to write a piece for the TANK. It’s the latest greatest place to record in Colorado and is receiving national attention as it has a 30'-40’ reverb which is better than the Taj Mahal! The piece called SPING FROM THE TANK will be in a documentary about the Colorado Children’s Chorale to be shown all over the country.

She’s composed music for the large women’s ensemble Resonance and Sound Circle conducted by Sue Coffee, has arranged and composed for Central City Opera and numerous dance and theater companies such as Colorado Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theater and Speaking of Dance. She's the principal pianist with the Central City Opera Ensemble, performs with the infamous Mother Folkers and was part of the trio Upsidasium and Windy Peak for many years. She has found she enjoys teaching and can be found at the Center for Musical Arts in affiliation with the Colorado Music festival teaching composition, private piano or doing a pre-show talk on various composers.

She has several CDs available and her music has been featured on radio stations across the country. She has a new Solstice CD out called When the Sun Turns North. She is from North Dakota where the winters are long and the accordions are plentiful.