|Sculpture by Mel Gould, Cheyenne, WY|
Photo by Susan Vittitow Mark
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 wyomingartscouncil.org or contact Michael Shay at email@example.com or 307-777-5234.
- 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:
- April 17-18: WyoPoets Annual Workshop in Casper. Come for the poetry reading Friday night and a full-day workshop with Rock Springs poet Rick Kempa on Saturday.
- June 5-7: Wyoming Writers Inc's 41st Annual Conference at the Cheyenne Holiday Inn. Poet Aaron Abeyta is the keynote speaker, and he will present workshops along with Laura Pritchett and Kent Nelson. On the agent/editor front, there will be Tiffany Schofield from Five Star Publishing (Cengage) and Meghan Saar, senior editor of True West Magazine. CheckWyoming Writers' website or Facebook page for updates.
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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