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The Wyoming Arts Council is accepting applications for the 2019 Blanchan and Doubleday Memorial Writing Awards.

The Doubleday Award of $1,000 is given for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction or script written by a woman writer.

The Blanchan Award, also $1,000, is given annually for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script which is informed by a relationship with the natural world.

According to a news release from the WAC, both awards are designed to bring attention to writers in Wyoming who have not yet received wide recognition for their work, and to support emerging writers at crucial times in their careers. Poets, fiction writers, essayists, and script writers who have published no more than one book in each genre and who are not students or faculty members are invited to apply by submitting manuscripts and an entry form by the deadline, March 11.

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Applications are accepted online at wyomingartscouncil.submittable.com/submit.

Belle Boggs is this year’s juror. Boggs is the author of “The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood” and “Mattaponi Queen,” a collection of linked stories set along Virginia’s Mattaponi River. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers’ conferences. Boggs teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

For more information, including award eligibility requirements, go to the WAC website, wyomingartscouncil.org.

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