[media-credit name=”Western Writers of America” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]The Western Writers of America presents the Spur Award annually for the best writing in the western genre. In 2014, the award was given in fifteen categories. To be eligible for the award, the work must be set in the American West, the early frontier, or relate to the Western or frontier experience. Members of WWA, as well as non-members, may submit works for consideration for the 2015 award. The material submitted must be first copyrighted in 2014.
In my blog post on June 30, 2014, I described my participation in the WWA annual convention at Sacramento, California. The final banquet of the five-day session celebrated the presentation of the Spur Awards for 2014. It was the highlight of the convention. The awards this year were presented by famous western actor Clu Gulager.
Many of the viewers of my website are interested in western literature; therefore, I designed this blog post to provide an easy way to learn about the history of the Spur Award. Looking back through the years, the reader will discover the names of the world’s outstanding western writers. A listing of all of the Spur Awards made since 1953 can be found on WWA’s website: http://westernwriters.org/spur-awards/.
My novel Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One, will be released by Five Star Publishing on October 22, 2014. The book will be submitted for consideration for a 2015 Spur Award.