Saturday, January 31, 2015

January writing roundup

Hope you are staying warm this January! We've got a few bits of news we've corralled for you.

Blanchan and Doubleday Writing Award winners

The Wyoming Arts Council (WAC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Blanchan and Doubleday Memorial Writing Awards.

Matt Daly of Jackson won the Neltje Blanchan award for nature writing for his manuscript, Wolf Hunter and Other Poems. Winner of the Frank Nelson Doubleday award for women writers is Marylee White of Wilson for her prose manuscript, Bird Barometer, Each of the writers will receive a $1,000 prize and a stipend to travel to a public reading later in the year.

Honorable mentions in the Blanchan category went to Nonie Proffit of Evanston and A. Rose Hill of Sheridan. Doubleday honorable mentions went to our very own Lynn Carlson of Cheyenne and Amy Staehr of Jackson. The competition received a total of 82 entries.

Judge for the awards was Kurt Caswell whose new book of travel writing, Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents, will be published by Trinity University Press later this year. He was born in Alaska, grew up in Oregon and now is associate professor of creative writing and literature in the Honors College at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

The Neltje Blanchan and Frank Nelson Doubleday awards are made possible through the generosity of private donor Neltje of Banner, Wyo. The Blanchan/Doubleday awards program is an annual competition administered by the Wyoming Arts Council. For more information about the awards visit the WAC website at or contact Michael Shay at or 307-777-5234.

Upcoming deadlines

  • Feb. 9: Creative Nonfiction is seeking personal essays for a book, Beyond "Crazy": True Stories of Surviving Mental Illness. No entry fee, although there is a $3 convenience fee to submit electronically.
  • Feb. 28: Deadline for the WyoPoets Members-Only Contest. Entry fee: $2 per poem, or three poems for $5. Not a member? You can join for $20 when you send in your entry. 
  • March 9: TulipTree Publishing has a Short Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry contest on the theme: Begin. It can be about anything, really, as long as it's about the beginning of it. Entry fee of $20. TulipTree is newly launched by this week's guest post contributor Jennifer Top.
  • March 15: Wyoming Writers 2015 Contest deadline. Entry fees $10-$25, depending on genre and membership status.

Save the dates:

Wyoming author appearances
Feb. 9, Sheridan: Bonnie Sargent will be signing her first children's book, Good Knight, Deano Dragon, at Sheridan Stationery Books and Gallery 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Deano Dragon will be there in person!

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  1. I'd love to sign up for the Wyoming Writers Conference but I don't think I'll be recovered enough from knee surgery by then. Maybe next year!

    1. Oh dang! We would love to see you there. Hope your knee surgery goes well.

  2. Thank you for all of the information! Congratulations, Lynn!!!

    1. Glad you found it helpful! Please contact us any time you have writing news -- we always like to share what's going on around the state.


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