Literature of the West for the World®   

Western Writers of America, Inc., was founded in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West and bestow Spur Awards for distinguished writing in the Western field. The founders were largely authors who wrote traditional Western fiction, but the organization swiftly expanded to include historians and other nonfiction authors, young adult and romance writers, and writers interested in regional history.

This is WWA today:

  • Annual Convention involving editors, agents, and offering sessions on the business of writing, history, and marketing.
  • Spur Awards program
  • Educational Symposiums
  • Promotion of the Literature of the American West, which it considers this country’s unique contribution to world literature.
  • More than 700 members from around the world.


Literature of the West for the World® describes the collective product of WWA members. Western literature ranges far and wide across Western America. From traditional western fiction to penetrating historical analysis, from yesterday to today, from mysteries to biographies, from romance to short stories, from screen writing to documentary writing, from poems to songs. Our members seek to uncover new facts, deal with new issues, seek more understanding, and offer more for readers to enjoy.


The Western is adventure, mystery, romance and more. It is yesterday, today and tomorrow. In a phrase, it is the literature of America’s soul. In fact, the Western is America’s only unique brand of literature, now enjoyed throughout the world.


Officers and Appointees

President: Nancy Plain,

Vice President: Chris Enss,

Secretary-Treasurer: Candy Moulton,

Board Members: Harlan Hague, David B. Morrell, Quackgrass Sally

Past President: Kirk Ellis,


Elections: Melody Groves

2020 Convention: Candy Moulton,

Spur Chair: Quackgrass Sally,

Membership: Rocky Gibbons,

Subscriptions: Candy Moulton,

Contact the WWA Office at


WWA Presidents:

2018-2020     Nancy Plain

2016-2018     Kirk Ellis

2014-2016     Sherry Monahan

2012-2014     Dusty Richards

2010-2012     Robert J. Conley

2008-2010     Johnny D. Boggs

2006-2008     Cotton Smith

2004-2006     Rita Cleary

2002-2004     Paul Andrew Hutton

2000-2002     Loren D. Estleman

1998-2000     Mike Blakely

1996-1998     Preston Lewis

1994-1996     W. C. Jameson

1992-1994     Dale L. Walker

1990-1992     Nancy Hamilton

1988-1990     David Dary

1986-1988     Francis L. Fugate

1985-1986     Judy Alter

1984-1985     Richard C. House

1983-1984     Don Coldsmith

1982-1983     Natlee Kenoyer

1981-1982     Will C. Knott

1980-1981     Leon C. Metz

1979-1980     Paul Bailey

1978-1979     C. L. Sonnichsen

1977-1978     Roberta Cheney

1976-1977     Mel Marshall

1975-1976     Robert McCaig

1974-1975     Jeanne Williams

1973-1974     Don Worcester

1972-1973     Elsa Barker

1971-1972     William R. Cox

1970-1971     Wayne C. Lee

1969-1970     Eric Allen

1968-1969     Gordon C. Baldwin

1967-1968     Brian Garfield

1966-1967     Thomas Thompson

1965-1966     William R. Cox

1964-1965     Charles N. Heckelmann

1963-1964     William O. Turner

1962-1963     Elmer Kelton

1961-1962     Bill Burchardt

1960-1961     Nelson Nye

1959-1960     Frank C. Robertson

1958-1959     S. Omar Barker

1957-1958     Thomas Thompson

1956-1957     Bill Gulick

1955-1956     Steve Frazee

1954-1955     Noel Loomis

1953-1954     Nelson Nye