The Doubleday is given for the best writing informed by a relationship with the natural world. The Blanchan is given for the best writing by a woman author.
These are the Wyoming Arts Council's only privately-funded fellowships. In the 1980s, artist and arts patron Neltje of Banner established an endowment for the writign awards named after her grandfather, founder of Doubleday & Company Publishers, and her nature writer grandmother. The WAC supervises the endowment and administers the competition.
The WAC will anounce the juror's choices by Feb. 1, 2010. Each winner receives a $1,000 cash prize.
E-mail me for info on the Blanchan/Doubleday competition or any of the WAC's fellowship programs.