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Mile 51: Awards

You’ve finished your novel and published the dang thing, and sales are starting to roll in. Your mind turns toward large checks and your second novel.

But before you do, there’s one more thing. The honors and awards you so richly deserve!

The world of Western novels has a variety of awards and honors that you can apply for and perhaps even win. In previous blog posts, I have mentioned the Western Writers of America (WWA) and Western Fictioneers, arguably the two most prestigious and valuable organizations in the world for Western writers, novice and old pro — which is why their awards are probably the most prestigious you can win.

WWA has the Spur Awards. There are 20 different categories that are available to you. A quick trip to their website will give you the details on the categories and the submission process. Perhaps the one that will be most appealing, maybe even get your heart racing, is: Best First Novel. Simple category title, but one made just for you. It may very well be that one or more of the other 19 categories are appropriate as well, so be sure to review in detail.

Western Fictioneers has their own set of awards, which they call the Peacemaker Awards. I was absolutely thrilled to have “Coyote Courage” named as a finalist for Best First Western Novel (though I lost out to a better book), and it’s an honor I will cherish. Western Fictioneers has only four categories: Best Western Novel, Best Western YA/Children’s Fiction, Best Western Short Fiction and Best Western First Novel.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has their Western Heritage Awards, including a Literary section, which has a Western Novel category.

There are a variety of other awards available to you from different groups around the country. I have focused on awards that are issued primarily (or exclusively) for Westerns, but there are many, many other awards available for first-time novelists, regardless of genre. Here’s a list of Western-focused options to get you started …

High Plains Book Awards

Highplainsbookawards.org

 

Peacemaker Awards

Western Fictioneers

Westernfictioneers.com

 

Spur Awards

Western Writers of America

Westernwriters.org

 

Western Heritage Award

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Nationalcowboymuseum.org

 

Will Rogers Award

Academy of Western Artists

Awaawards.org

 

The WILLA Literary Award

LAURA Short Fiction Award

Women Writing the West

Womenwritingthewest.org

 

Laramie Awards

Chanticleer Book Reviews

Chantireviews.com

Note: This one requires an entry fee

 

I wish you good writing, and if you have a question or something you’d like to share, send me an email at [email protected].

Thank you, enjoy and keep writing!

 

 

One Comment on “Mile 51: Awards

Gaby Pratt
June 5, 2019 at 4:25 am

Thanks for the info.

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