FACTS & HIGHLIGHTS:
- WWA began in 1953, at the advent of the golden era of TV Western programming. For over a half century, the WWA Spur Award has stood for the finest in literature about the American West. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious honors in American literature, given annually by the Western Writers of America.
- One of the more fascinating WWA developments is the partnership with the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, to house the WWA Hall of Fame and become a major repository for all Western literature.
- Western literature is growing with new authors, new publishers, and new approaches to the West, both in fiction and nonfiction. This is dramatically demonstrated in the quantity of just-published works being released– and the growth in Spur Award entries.
- WWA has members in forty-six states. Canada, and several foreign countries. Texas and California are the two states with the greatest number of WWA members.
- WWA’s home office is located in ranch country near the small town of Encampment, Wyoming.
- WWA has published multiple anthologies including short stories, nonfiction essays, and poetry of the American West. The most recent publication is Roundup! edited by Paul A. Hutton.
- WWA’s 2012 national convention will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 2013 convention will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Students are welcome to participate in activities of Western Writers of America. They can attend the convention at the member rate, and receive a subscription to the Roundup Magazine at a cost of $20 per year. (This participation has no bearing on their possible future WWA membership, but we certainly hope it inspires many of them to write about the West.)