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

JACKSON, Wyo. — Writers, journalists, scribes and photogs of every kind are encouraged to submit works for the 2020 Pattie Layser Greater Yellowstone Creative Writing and Journalism Fellowship.

The Wyoming Arts Council announced today it is accepting applications for the annual prestigious fellowship, now in its second year. The $3,500 is a national call open to creative writers (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) and journalists (writer, photojournalist, videographer, documentary filmmaker, online or print media) who demonstrate serious inquiry and dedication to the Greater Yellowstone region through their work.

With generous funding from The Pattie and Earle Layser Memorial Fund, the fellowship 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.

Established and recognized authors are being sought, but emerging and mid-career writers are also encouraged to apply.

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. In addition to the financial award, the fellowship recipient may elect to also receive a one to two-week housing residency at one of several prearranged different locations within the Greater Yellowstone region. Such residency will be based on availability and will be negotiated with the fellowship recipient.


Celebrated journalist Todd Wilkinson, the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative’s Writer in Residence and the founder and publisher of Mountain Journal, will again serve as a juror. Wilkinson’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.

Joining Wilkinson as a juror this year is Susan Marsh. With degrees in geology and landscape architecture, and a lifelong interest in creative writing, she has combined her interests into a body of work that explores the relationship of humans to the wild.

Marsh’s work has appeared in journals that include Orion, North American Review, and Fourth Genre, and in many anthologies. Her books include the award-winning novel, War Creek as well as nonfiction works: A Hunger for High Country, Cache Creek: A Trailside Guide to Jackson Hole’s Backyard Wilderness, and Saving Wyoming’s Hoback (winner of the Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental Humanities).

Marsh currently writes a column “Back to Nature” for Mountain Journal. She lives in Jackson, Wyoming.

Submit online. Applications accepted through March 11, 2020.