Nominations are open for the 2022 Blanchan and Doubleday Memorial Writing Prizes

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(Fremont County, Wyoming) – The Wyoming Arts Council is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Blanchan and Doubleday Memorial Writing Prizes.

The $1,000 Doubleday Prize is awarded for the best poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction or screenplay written by a female writer. The Blanchan Prize, also $1,000, is awarded annually for the best poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or screenplay informed by a relationship with the natural world.

Both awards are designed to draw attention to Wyoming writers who have yet to receive widespread recognition for their work and to support emerging writers at crucial points in their careers. Poets, fiction writers, essayists and screenwriters who have not published more than one book in each genre and who are not full-time students or faculty members are invited to apply by submitting manuscripts and a registration form before the deadline.

Applications are accepted online here. The application deadline is March 15.

The juror for this year is Debra Magpie Earling. Debra is the author of “Perma Red” and “The Lost Journals of Sacajewea”, which will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2023. An earlier version of the latter, written in verse, was produced as an artist’s book during of the bicentenary of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

She received both a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She retired from the University of Montana where she was named Professor Emeritus in 2021. She is Bitterroot Salish.

The Neltje Blanchan Memorial Writing Award and the Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Writing Award are made possible through the generosity of a private donor.

A full list of eligibility requirements and additional information can be found at the application link above.

For more information, contact Taylor Craig at 307-274-6673 or [email protected].

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