Friday, May 29, 2015

May 2015 Writing Roundup

Don't miss the Wyoming Writers conference June 5-7

Only two more days to register online for the Wyoming Writers Inc. 41st Annual Conference in Cheyenne June 5-7. Online registration closes May 31. Registrations will be accepted at the door, but meals will not be guaranteed. They have a fantastic lineup of presenters: Aaron Abeyta, poetry; Kent Nelson, short story; Laura Pritchett, novel; and Meghan Saar, magazine writing. Meghan is one of three editors, along with Tiffany Schofield from Five Star Publishing (Cengage) and Patrick Thomas of Milkweed Editions, who will be available for pitch sessions (check with for available slots).  There are still plenty of spots at the Friday afternoon critique tables and the opportunity to get your story opening "paddled." See the registration page and schedule for details. You can also check out the story by Josh Rhoten in today's Wyoming Tribune Eagle for more on the conference. 

Submit now for the WAC 2016 creative writing fellowships in poetry

The Wyoming Arts Council now is accepting applications for the 2016 creative writing fellowships in poetry. Application deadline is midnight on Thursday, July 2. Applications accepted online via Submittable

Three $3,000 fellowships are given annually to Wyoming literary artists. Submissions are accepted annually in one of three creative writing genres: poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Winners also will receive a $500 travel stipend to read their work at the Casper College Literary Conference Sept. 25-26 in Casper.

Applicants must be Wyoming residents and at least 18 years old at the time of application. You must not be a full-time student pursuing high school, college, or university art-related degrees. Fellowship judge this year is California poet Rebecca Foust. For more information, contact Michael Shay, 307-777-5234 or, or visit the WAC web site.

Beautiful Things

Cheyenne writer Beth Howard had a lovely piece of flash nonfiction, "Inheritance," published on River Teeth's "Beautiful Things." It's well worth the few minutes to pop over and read it. River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative publishes essays, memoir, and literary journalism. Beth writes wonderful haiku, and is currently doing a 100 days of haiku practice on Facebook. One of her poems recently appeared in Three Line Poetry.

Miscellaneous happenings

Author Laura Pritchett will be reading from her new novel Red Lightning at City News Bookstore & Coffee House, 1722 Carey Ave., Cheyenne, on June 5 at 1 pm.

Our Place in the West...and Beyond is A conference sponsored by the Wyoming State Historical Society in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of Wyoming's statehood, June 10-13 in Laramie WY. See the website and Facebook page for details.

Publishing opportunities

The MacGuffin's 20th annual National Poet Hunt Contest is open through June 3, 2015. Judge: Laura Kasischke. Submit no more than three poems, $15 entry fee. Visit their website for contest rules.

The Black Hills Writers Group is calling for submissions for the 2016 edition of The Black Hills Literary Journal, to be published November 2015. Pieces selected will reflect the theme “Random Variables,” which may be interpreted as literally or figuratively as the writer chooses. Publication will be in both paper and e-format. Pieces will be considered in three categories: fiction, nonfiction (essay or memoir) and poetry. Entry fee of $5.00 for non-members; small payment for contributors. Learn more at Deadline: June 30, 2015.

TulipTree Publishing is seeking essay/creative nonfiction submissions for a fundraising anthology to be titled: The Water Holds No Scars: Fly Fishing Stories of Rivers and Rejuvenation. This anthology will benefit the Platte Rivers program of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, an organization dedicated to supporting disabled military service personnel and veterans. Submissions should be 5000 words or less.  Visit for complete details. Deadline: June 30, 2015.

North Dakota based journal, Up the Staircase Quarterly, is looking for poets, artists, and reviewers currently living in North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, and Wyoming for this summer's regional issue, Prairie Mountain. Submissions can be of any topic. Check special issue guidelines for more information: July 1, 2015.

More conferences, workshops and classes

The 2015 Story Catcher Writer's Workshop will be held June 12-14 at Chadron State College. “Writing Home: Capturing Your Place in the World,” is the theme of the event co-sponsored by the college and the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society. Visit the conference webpage for details at or contact conference organizer Matt Everson at

The Jackson Hole Writers Conference is coming up June 25-27. Learn more at The conference offers a discount to anyone who is also registered for the Wyoming Writers conference -- contact them for details.

The Willow Creek Ranch Writing Workshop runs from Sept. 13-19, 2015 led by writers Tina Welling and Janet Hubbard (see Tina's guest post on our blog). Willow Creek Ranch, near Kaycee, Wyoming, is famous as the area where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid holed up. Learn more about the workshop on Janet's website, or contact Tina with questions at 307-413-0900 or Discount of $200 for early registration by June 30.

Creative Nonfiction has 4-week summer online classes beginning July 6. Topics: The Art of the Pitch; Creative Nonfiction Summer Boot Camp; Experimental Forms; Food Writing; Introduction to Nonfiction Podcasting; Magazine Writing; Spiritual Writing; and Writing the Personal Essay. Learn more at

And on a lighter note

As in actual daylight, which we've had precious little of in Cheyenne this rainy May. On a rare moment when the clouds cleared, I jokingly asked my husband, haiku-style:

Weeks of gray, wet sky
Now, a blinding yellow light
What is that thing?

To which he immediately replied, "Gamera!"

Happy writing, everyone!


  1. I feel excluded! Although I'm headed this next weekend for Cheyenne--barely across the Colorado border--I cannot apply for the WAC creative writing fellowship in poetry, although I'm a member of WyoPoets. And then I'm discriminated against by the North Dakota based Up The Staircase Quarterly. If I lived in ND, SD, WY, ID, MT, or MN I could submit to them. Bummer!! The burden of living in Colorful Colorado. Maybe it's because pot is for sale here?

    See you and Lynn next weekend.

    1. Alas! We claim you even if WAC and UTSQ don't. And anyway, aren't there some Colorado awards that WE can't apply for. Like, maybe, that Colorado Authors' League award you have on your shelf? Can't wait to see you, Art!


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