Pattie Layser hiking the Teton Crest Trail in the late 1990s. Pattie loved the Tetons, calling it “her life’s landscape.” (Wyoming Arts Council)

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Wyoming Arts Council, with generous funding from The Pattie and Earle Layser Memorial Fund announced this week the Greater Yellowstone Creative Writing and Journalism Fellowship. This new fellowship is a national call open to writers and journalists and seeks to intersect science, education, current events, and conservation to effectively communicate the Greater Yellowstone’s natural history and singular importance to society through creative and exceptional writing and subject communication.

Applications are accepted online. The application deadline is March 15, 2019.

This annual prestigious fellowship of $3,500 will be awarded to a creative writer (poetry, fiction, nonfiction), or those in the field of journalism (writer, photojournalist, videographer, documentary filmmaker, online or print media) who demonstrate serious inquiry and dedication to the Greater Yellowstone region through their work.  Established and recognized authors are being sought, but emerging and mid-career writers are also encouraged to apply.

In addition, the fellowship recipient may elect to also receive a one- to two-week housing residency at one of the prearranged different locations within the greater Yellowstone region, including, but not limited to, for example, the AMK Ranch, National Elk Refuge, or Taft-Nickolson Center. Such residency will be based on availability and will be negotiated with the fellowship recipient.

The fellowship recipient will be expected to create or complete a relevant publishable or produced work and may be requested or encouraged to make public presentations. Any works and presentations will appropriately acknowledge or credit the support of the Pattie and Earle Layser Greater Yellowstone Fellowship and the Wyoming Arts Council.

Celebrated journalist, Todd Wilkinson, who is also the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative’s Writer in Residence and the founder and publisher of online, and regular columnist in Buckrail will serve as the primary juror for the inaugural.  Known for his stories and analyses about issues shaping the Greater Yellowstone, Todd’s award-winning works have been featured in publications ranging from National Geographic to the Washington Post. He is also the author of books on subjects as diverse as the life of “eco-capitalist” Ted Turner and “Grizzly 399,” a famous Greater Yellowstone bear.

A complete list of eligibility requirements and additional information can be found on the Arts Council website.  For more information, contact the Arts Council at 307-777-7742.