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 Center for the American West 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, poetry and music of the American West. Recent publications are Roundup! edited by Paul A. Hutton, “Cowboys and Campfires,” a Western music CD produced by Jon Chandler; and WWA Cooks, a cookbook edited by Sherry Monahan and Nancy Plain.
WWA’s 2020 national convention will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota and in 2021 the convention will be in Loveland, Colorado.
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 $40 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.)