Western Writers of America formed the Homestead Foundation to support its educational and award-giving functions. Western Writers of America members believe in perpetuating the stories and legends of the American West. The New York Times has called westerns, “America’s Epic,” a part of our culture.  We want to ensure the sacrifices and struggles that have built the epic will be remembered and engraved in the hearts and minds of Americans young and old, into the 21st century and beyond. We spread the word through literature, fiction, and nonfiction, by encouraging reading and writing on topics that are Western. Stories set in the American West.

We grant awards for the best in Western writing, present panels and encourage the presentation of topics Western at local exhibitions and organizations. We sponsor literacy efforts, encouraging school children to read and write about stories set in the American West, encouraging the inclusion of Western material in school curriculums, and more.

The art and history of the American West have already assumed recognition in the annals of American culture. It’s time now for literature and we’d like your assistance in the effort.

A charitable 501(c)3 foundation, the Homestead Foundation seeks contributions from those interested in the literary preservation of Western culture, history, and traditions. Donations are welcome from anyone and are deductible (check with your tax professional). Donations will be used for award giving and educational functions.

Thank you for your support.

Mail your tax-deductible donations to:

The Homestead Foundation

271 CR 219

Encampment, WY 82325

Hall of Fame Founding Donors


($10,000 and up)

Forge Books/Tom Doherty Associates


($5,000 -$9,999)

Rita & John Cleary

Kirk & Sheila Ellis

Chris Enss

Craig Johnson

Candy & Steve Moulton

Nancy Plain


($2,500 -$4,999)

Elizabeth Crook

Montana West


($1,000 -$2,499)

Johnny D. Boggs

Monty & Ann McCord

Old West Productions

The Hillerman Family


($500 -$999)

Kat & Larry J. Martin

Phil Mills

Lucia St. Clair Robson

Quackgrass Sally

Micki Milom