07 Apr

New WWA Anthology

Why Cows Need Cowboys and Other Seldom-Told Tales from the American West – Edited by Nancy Plain and Rocky Gibbons 978-1-4930-5107-6 $19.95, Paperback / softback978-1-4930-5106-9 $19.00, Electronic book text https://www.amazon.com/Go-West-Seldom-Told-Stories-History/dp/1493051075/ref=sr_1_1?crid=CCGBAPFQCVWI&dchild=1&keywords=why+cows+need+cowboys&qid=1619916175&s=books&sprefix=why+cows+need+cowboys%2Caps%2C206&sr=1-1Western Writers of America’s first anthology for young readers is now available from TwoDot. In this collection of true tales of the West, we leave textbook history

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08 Mar

Western Writers of America announces 2021 Spur Award winners

ENCAMPMENT, Wyo. – Robert M. Utley, the 91-year-old “Dean of Western History,” and David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an enrolled citizen of the Sicangu Lakota nation, are among the 2021 Spur Award winners, Western Writers of America has announced. Utley’s The Last Sovereigns: Sitting Bull and the Resistance of the Free Lakotas, published by the University of

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28 Feb

Packing the West

Packing the West is a reading and educational enrichment program designed to inspire in students a curiosity about the history of the American West, an appreciation of its literature, and the desire to understand society at the time, and how it relates to today. One part of the project is a series of educational videos

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25 Jan

W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear to receive Owen Wister Award

ENCAMPMENT, Wyo. – The international best-selling writing team of W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal of Cody, Wyo., will receive the Western Writers of America 2021 Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature. The Gears, who are best known for their prehistory series of books, will also be inducted into the Western Writers Hall

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24 Sep

Spur Award Entry Deadlines

The 2021 Spur Awards Contest is now open. The rules and entry forms for Spur Awards are posted elsewhere on our website. If you have something to enter, please read the rules carefully and then submit your entry as soon as possible. However, due to delays in publishing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,

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11 Mar

2020 Spur Awards Announced

Encampment, WY – Documentarians Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns, screenwriter John Fusco, and first-time novelist Shannon Pufahl are among this year’s Spur Award winners from Western Writers of America. Winners and finalists will be honored June 17-20 at Western Writers of America’s convention in Rapid City, S.D. Duncan’s Country Music: Episode Two: Hard Times (1933-1945) won

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16 Jan

Johnny D. Boggs to receive Owen Wister Award

ENCAMPMENT, Wyo. – Johnny D. Boggs, whose eight Spur Awards are a record in the 67-year history of Western Writers of America , will receive the organization’s 2020 Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature.  Boggs will also be inducted into the Western Writers Hall of Fame, housed outside the McCracken Research Library

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05 Jan

2020 Book Display Contest Opens

Western Writers of America Bookseller Display Contest In anticipation of Western Writers of America’s annual convention in the latter part of June, Western Writers of America is challenging booksellers, museum gift shop managers, and librarians to create a window or shelf display that highlight western authors and western musicians and their work.  The store, library, and

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10 Nov

Spur Award Contest Deadline Jan. 15, 2020

Entries are now being accepted for WWA’s Spur Awards. The final deadline for the 2020 competition requires that all material published or released for the first time between September 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 must reach the Spur Award chair and judges by January 15, 2020. The Spur Awards are for the best material

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