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. 

New this year!  

The Wyoming Arts Council, with generous funding from The Pattie and Earle Layser Memorial Fund announces The Pattie Layser Greater Yellowstone Creative Writing and Journalism Fellowship. Open to writers and journalists, this fellowship seeks to intersect science, education, current events, and conservation to effectively communicate the Greater Yellowstone’s natural history and importance to society through creative and exceptional writing and communication. 

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. The deadline to apply is June 12, 2019.

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 2020 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 2019), WyoWriters Conference (June 2020) or the Jackson Hole Writer's Conference (June 2020).  
  • 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, 2020, which asks questions about how this award helped you and what you accomplished during the year you received it.


 SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (all categories)
 

  • You may submit up to 25 pages of writing, typed, double-spaced using a 12-point standard font.
  • If submitting poetry, only one poem is allowed per page.
  • 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 of writing, as long as you don’t exceed the 25-page limit.
  • 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.


JURORS
Poetry - E. Ethelbert Miller  is a writer and literary activist. He is the author of two memoirs and several books of poetry including The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, a comprehensive collection that represents over 40 years of his work. For 17 years Miller served as the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. Miller is a two-time Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellow to Israel and holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature from Emory and Henry College and has taught at several universities. He is host of the weekly WPFW morning radio show On the Margin with E. Ethelbert Miller and host and producer of The Scholars on UDC-TV. In recent years, Miller has been inducted into the 2015 Washington DC Hall of Fame and awarded the 2016 AWP George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature and the 2016 DC Mayor's Arts Award for Distinguished Honor. In 2018, he was appointed as an ambassador for the Authors Guild. Miller’s most recent book If God Invented Baseball, published by City Point Press, was awarded the 2019 Literary Award for poetry by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.


Fiction - Arna Bontemps Hemenway  is the author of Elegy on Kinderklavier (Sarabande Books), winner of the 2015 PEN/Hemingway Award, finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from Best American Short Stories, A Public Space, Ecotone, and The Missouri Review, among other venues. He’s been the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Truman Capote Literary Trust. He holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is currently Associate Professor of English in Creative Writing at Baylor University.

Creative Nonfiction -  Rachel Riederer writes about science, the environment, culture, and policy - sometimes at the same time. She holds a BA in environmental science and public policy from Harvard and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia. She is the co-editor-in-chief of Guernica: a magazine of global art + politics. She hails from Kansas City and currently lives in Brooklyn. 

 

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 are to be awarded. 2 fellowships will be given in the category or Music and 2 fellowships will be awarded in the category of Theatre and Dance. Please see below for more information about the categories and submission guidelines. Artists may only apply in one category (Music -or- Theatre and Dance). The deadline to apply is to June 12, 2019.

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, 2020, 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 as either a composer or a performer. Solo, chamber, or orchestra/large ensemble works for any combination of instruments and/or voice (including electronic and electro-acoustic works), and including independent musicians, singer-songwriters, Native American, and world music will be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (Theatre and Dance)

Applicants may apply as either a creator or a performer. 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
    • 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; This statement must also include context (i.e. did you compose/choreograph/direct the piece or are you performing the work?).
      • Those applying as either a composer or creator 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 - As a renowned African-American Artistic Director, Michael J. Bobbitt has brought critical acclaim and National attention to Adventure Theatre MTC, where he has held his title as Artistic Director since 2007.  He has grown the organizational budget to more than $2.6M from $450,000 and expanded the patron base more than 200% from 15,000 to more than 40,000. He oversaw a steady pattern of growth that included significant expansion of the company's programs and its evolution from a small volunteer run children’s theatre to one of the most respected theatre/training companies in the DC region, as well as one of the nation's most influential professional children’s theatres. Additionally, he has directed and choreographed at DC’s top theatres including Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre Center, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and the Washington National Opera.  His national and international credits include the NY Musical Theatre Festival, Mel Tillis 2001, La Jolla Playhouse, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, and the Olympics. He has taught theater and dance at George Washington University, Catholic University, Howard University, and the Washington Ballet. As a writer, Michael’s work has been accepted into the NYC International Fringe Festival and The New York and Musical Theatre Festival.  He has two plays published by Rogers and Hammerstein Theatricals - Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds (nominated for Helen Hayes’ Charles MacArthur Award) and Garfield, the Musical with Cattitude (written with creator Jim Davis).  Other noted plays include Jumanji (Helen Hayes Nomination), The Stephen Schwartz Project, Blueberries for Sal, Caps for Sale, Bingo Long and the Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings, The Yellow Rose of Texas, and Mirandy and Brother Wind.

In addition to his professional activities, Michael is very active in the community hosting and emceeing numerous events and testifying at state and local governments concerning arts policy, legislation and public sector funding.  He has served on numerous local and National boards and committees including League of Washington Theatre (President), Theatre for Young Audiences, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and theatreWashington.


Music -  Philip Graulty is a guitarist, educator and producer who specializes in contemporary and cross-cultural music. He is the executive director of Bridge to Everywhere, a new music collective that explores connections between diverse musical traditions, and founding artistic director of the guitar ensemble, Ikat Quartet. He is on the faculty of music at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and is a teaching fellow for National Arts Strategies. He received his M.M. in Guitar Performance from UCLA.

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