Spur AwardWinner

Given by Western Writers of America Inc. (WWA)

Other Names: Golden Spur Award
430 Works / 435 Items 18 Books 1 Review
Western Writers of America annually honors writers for distinguished writing about the American West with the Spur Awards. Since 1953 the Spur Awards have been considered one of the most show more prestigious awards in American literature. Spurs are given for the best western historical novel, best western traditional novel, best western contemporary novel, best short story, best short nonfiction. Also, best contemporary nonfiction, best biography, best history, best juvenile fiction and nonfiction, best drama, best documentary, best poem, best song, best children’s picture book and best first novel as well as best first nonfiction book. show less
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Winner 435

The Rowdy Randy Wild West Show by Casey Day RislovChildren's Picture Book2023
American Hero, Kansas Heritage: Frederick Funston's Early Years, 1865-1890 by Clyde W. TolandFirst Nonfiction Book2023
Before Billy the Kid by Melody GrovesWestern Biography2023
A Place of Thin Veil: Life and Death in Gallup, New Mexico by Bob RosebroughWestern Contemporary Nonfiction2023
Beasts of the Earth by James WadeWestern Contemporary Novel2023
Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America by Megan Kate NelsonWestern Historical Nonfiction2023
Properties of Thirst by Marianne WigginsWestern Historical Novel2023
Wish Upon a Crawdad by Curtis W. CondonWestern Juvenile Fiction2023
Joe Foss, Fighter Pilot: American Ace by Hector CurrielWestern Juvenile Nonfiction2023
Dead Man's Trail (A Carson Stone Western Book 1) by Nate MorganWestern Mass Market Paperback Novel2023
Proving Her Claim: On the Dakota Frontier by CK Van DamWestern Romance Novel2023
The Secret in the Wall by Ann ParkerWestern Traditional Novel2023
Charlie Russell and the Gnomes of Bull Head Lodge by Emily Crawford WilsonChildren's Picture Book2022
Public Waters: Lessons from Wyoming for the American West by Anne MacKinnonFirst Nonfiction Book2022
The Loving Wrath of Eldon Quint by Chase PlettsFirst Novel2022
The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon's Life of Science and Art by Wynne BrownWestern Biography2022
Defending the Arctic Refuge: A Photographer, an Indigenous Nation, and a Fight for Environmental Justice by Finis DunawayWestern Contemporary Nonfiction2022
Dark Sky by C. J. BoxWestern Contemporary Novel2022
Cheyenne Summer: The Battle of Beecher Island: A History by Terry MortWestern Historical Nonfiction2022
Ridgeline: A Novel by Michael PunkeWestern Historical Novel2022
Cow Boyhood: The Adventures of Wilder Good #7 by S. J. DahlstromWestern Juvenile Fiction2022
This Side of Hell (A Widowmaker Jones Western) by Brett CogburnWestern Mass Market Paperback Novel2022
Imperfect Promise (Wheeler Publishing Large Print Softcover Western) by Susanna LaneWestern Romance Novel2022
The Loving Wrath of Eldon Quint by Chase PlettsWestern Traditional Novel2022
Nighthawk Rising: A Biography of Accused Cattle Rustler Queen Ann Bassett of Brown's Park by Diana Allen KourisBiography2020
The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story by David CrowFirst Nonfiction Book2020
On Swift Horses: A Novel by Shannon PufahlFirst Novel2020
Someplace to Call Home by Sandra DallasJuvenile Fiction2020
Spotted Tail by David Heska Wanbli WeidenJuvenile Nonfiction2020
Cherokee America by Margaret VerbleTraditional Novel2020
Country Music: An Illustrated History by Dayton DuncanWestern Contemporary Nonfiction2020
On Swift Horses: A Novel by Shannon PufahlWestern Contemporary Novel2020
Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power by Pekka HämäläinenWestern Historical Nonfiction2020
Let 'er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People's Champion by Vaunda Micheaux NelsonWestern Storyteller2020
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco CantúFirst Nonfiction Book2019
The River by Starlight: A Novel by Ellen NotbohmFirst Novel2019
White Hat: The Military Career of Captain William Philo Clark by Mark J. NelsonWestern Biography2019
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco CantúWestern Contemporary Nonfiction2019
The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan HendersonWestern Contemporary Novel2019
Native but foreign : indigenous immigrants and refugees in the North American borderlands by Brenden W. RensinkWestern Historical Nonfiction2019
River of Porcupines by G. K. AalborgWestern Historical Novel2019
Taos Lightning by Johnny D. BoggsWestern Juvenile Fiction2019
Hawke's War by Reavis Z. WorthamWestern Mass Market Paperback Novel2019
The Return of Kid Cooper by Brad SmithWestern Traditional Novel2019
Frank Little and the IWW: The Blood That Stained an American Family by Jane Little BotkinFirst Nonfiction Book2018
Double Wide by Leo W. BanksFirst Western Novel2018
Silver City: A Novel of the American West (A Cash McLendon Novel) by Jeff GuinnTraditional Novel2018
Frank Little and the IWW: The Blood That Stained an American Family by Jane Little BotkinWestern Biography2018
A land apart : the Southwest and the Nation in the twentieth century by Flannery BurkeWestern Contemporary Nonfiction2018
Double Wide by Leo W. BanksWestern Contemporary Novel2018
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David GrannWestern Historical Nonfiction2018
The Coming by David OsborneWestern Historical Novel2018
Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival by Matthew P. MayoWestern Juvenile Fiction2018
Hell Hath No Fury by Charles G. WestWestern Mass Market Paperback Novel2018
The Promise Bride (A Montana Brides Romance) by Gina WelbornWestern Romance Novel2018
Fergus and the greener grass by Jean AbernethyWestern Storyteller2018
The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting by Fernanda SantosFirst Nonfiction Book2017
Return to Red River by Johnny D. BoggsOriginal Mass Market Paperback Novel2017
Seasons of the Bear: A Yosemite Story by Ginger WadsworthStoryteller (Illustrated Children’s Book)2017
Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe JacksonWestern Biography2017
New Deal Cowboy: Gene Autry and Public Diplomacy by Michael DucheminWestern Contemporary Nonfiction2017
Off the Grid by C. J. BoxWestern Contemporary Novel2017
The Apache Wars by Paul Andrew HuttonWestern Historical Nonfiction2017
Trouble Returns (Ruby and Maude Adventure) by Nancy OswaldWestern Juvenile Fiction2017
The Wolves of Currumpaw by William GrillWestern Juvenile Nonfiction2017
The Mustanger and the Lady (The Brandiron) by Dusty RichardsWestern Traditional Novel2017
American Copper by Shann RayFirst Novel2016
Lords of an Empty Land by Randy DenmonMass Market Paperback Novel2016
Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T. J. StilesWestern Biography2016
The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin by Leisl Carr ChildersWestern Contemporary Nonfiction2016
Crazy Mountain Kiss by Keith McCaffertyWestern Contemporary Novel2016
William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest by Prof. William Heath Ph.D.Western Historical Nonfiction2016
Paradise Sky by Joe R. LansdaleWestern Historical Novel2016
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae CarsonWestern Juvenile Fiction2016
This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon by Nancy PlainWestern Juvenile Nonfiction2016
Buckaroo Bobbie Sue by JoJo ThoreauWestern Storyteller (Illustrated Childrens' Book)2016
The Last Midwife by Sandra DallasWestern Traditional Novel2016
Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster by Angela DayWestern Contemporary Nonfiction2015
Bad Country by CB McKenzieWestern Contemporary Novel2015
American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890 by Jerome A. GreeneWestern Historical Nonfiction2015
Wild Ran the Rivers (Five Trails West) by James D. CrownoverWestern Historical Novel2015
Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend by Donald F. MontileauxWestern Storyteller (Illustrated Childrens' Book)2015
The Big Drift by Patrick DearenWestern Traditional Novel2015
Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne HillermanFirst Novel2014
Yosemite's Songster: One Coyote's Story by Ginger WadsworthStoryteller2014
Light of the World by James Lee BurkeWestern Contemporary Novel2014
Silent We Stood by Henry ChappellWestern Historical Novel2014
Papa's Gold by Ellen Gray MasseyWestern Juvenile Fiction2014
Jack London: An American Life by Earle LaborWestern Nonfiction Biography2014
Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country by William PhilpottWestern Nonfiction Contemporary2014
Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape by Mark Lee GardnerWestern Nonfiction Historical2014
Crossing Purgatory: A Novel by Gary SchanbacherWestern Traditional Novel2014
Panhandle by Brett CogburnFirst Novel2013
The Coyote Tracker (A Josiah Wolfe Novel) by Larry D. SweazyOriginal Mass Market Paperback2013
Wide Open by Larry BjornsonWestern Juvenile Fiction2013
Light on the Prairie by Nancy PlainWestern Juvenile Nonfiction2013
With Blood in Their Eyes by Thomas CobbWestern Long Novel2013
Geronimo by Robert M. UtleyWestern Nonfiction Biography2013
Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History by Deanne StillmanWestern Nonfiction Contemporary2013
With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails to the Mining West, 1849-1852 (Overland West Series) by Will BagleyWestern Nonfiction Historical2013
Tucker's Reckoning by Matthew P. MayoWestern Short Novel2013
Double Crossing by Meg MimsFirst Novel2012
West Texas Kill by Johnny D. BoggsOriginal Mass Market Paperback2012
Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan LangdoStoryteller Award2012
Birdie by Candace SimarWestern Juvenile Fiction2012
Migrant mother : how a photograph defined the Great Depression by Don NardoWestern Juvenile Nonfiction2012
Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen HarriganWestern Long Novel2012
George Crook: From the Redwoods to Appomattox by Paul MagidWestern Nonfiction Biography2012
The Bitterroot and Mr. Brandborg: Clearcutting and the Struggle for Sustainable Forestry in the Northern Rockies by Frederick H SwansonWestern Nonfiction Contemporary2012
The Mormon Rebellion: America's First Civil War, 1857-1858 by David L. BiglerWestern Nonfiction Historical2012
Legacy of a Lawman: A Western Story (Five Star Western Series) by Johnny D. BoggsWestern Short Novel2012
Galveston by Nic PizzolattoFirst Novel2011
Damnation Road (Pinnacle Westerns) by Max McCoyOriginal Mass Market Paperback2011
Last Train from Cuernavaca by Lucia St. Clair RobsonWestern Long Novel2011
Wolf: The Lives of Jack London by James L. HaleyWestern Nonfiction Biography2011
The Frontier of Leisure: Southern California and the Shaping of Modern America by Lawrence CulverWestern Nonfiction Contemporary2011
The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas PowersWestern Nonfiction Historical2011
Snowbound by Richard S. WheelerWestern Short Novel2011
Stranger in Thunder Basin by John D. NesbittOriginal Mass Market Paperback2010
Echoes of Glory by Robert FlynnWestern Long Novel2010
Peg Leg : the improbable life of a Texas hero, Thomas William Ward, 1807-1872 by David C. HumphreyWestern Nonfiction Biography2010
Far Bright Star by Robert OlmsteadWestern Short Novel2010
The Wheat Doll by Alison RandallStoryteller2009
I Am Apache by Tanya LandmanWestern Juvenile Fiction2009
The Trial of Standing Bear by Frank KeatingWestern Juvenile Nonfiction2009
Shavetail by Thomas CobbWestern Long Novel2009
Frontiersman: Daniel Boone and the Making of America by Meredith Mason BrownWestern Nonfiction Biography2009
Full Court Quest: The Girls from Fort Shaw Indian School Basketball Champions of the World by Linda PeavyWestern Nonfiction Contemporary2009
Hunting the American West: The Pursuit of Big Game for Life, Profit, and Sport, 1800-1900 by Richard C. RattenburyWestern Nonfiction Historical2009
Another Man's Moccasins by Craig JohnsonWestern Short Novel2009
God's Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana by Carol Buchanan2009
The Night Birds by Thomas MaltmanFirst Novel2008
Doubtful Cañon by Johnny D. BoggsJuvenile Fiction2008
Sagebrush and Paintbrush: The Story of Charlie Russell, the Cowboy Artist by Nancy PlainJuvenile Nonfiction2008
Gall: Lakota War Chief by Robert W. LarsonNonfiction-Biography2008
Lone Star Lawmen: The Second Century of the Texas Rangers by Robert M. UtleyNonfiction-Contemporary2008
Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out by Annette AtkinsNonfiction-Historical2008
Hellfire Canyon by Max McCoyOriginal Paperback2008
The God of Animals by Aryn KyleWestern Long Novel2008
Tallgrass by Sandra DallasWestern Short Novel2008
Broken Trail by Alan GeoffrionFirst Novel2007
Geronimo by Joseph BruchacJuvenile Fiction2007
Bleeding Kansas and the violent clash over slavery in the heartland by Jeff C. YoungJuvenile Nonfiction2007
Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life by Kingsley M. BrayNonfiction-Biography2007
Copper chorus : mining, politics, and the Montana press, 1889-1959 by Dennis L. SwiboldNonfiction-Contemporary2007
Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West by Hampton SidesNonfiction-Historical2007
The Horse Creek Incident (Herschel Baker) by Dusty RichardsOriginal Paperback2007
Across the High Divide by Laurie Wagner BuyerPoetry2007
Tatanka And the Lakota People: A Creation Story by Donald F. MontileauxStoryteller2007
The Night Journal by Elizabeth CrookWestern Long Novel2007
Comanche Moon - Part 1Western Short Fiction2007
The Shape Shifter by Tony HillermanWestern Short Novel2007
Black Storm Comin' by Diane Lee WilsonJuvenile Fiction2006
The First Americans: The Story of Where They Came From and Who They Became by Anthony AveniJuvenile Nonfiction2006
Chief Joseph: Guardian of the People (American Heroes) by Candy MoultonNonfiction-Biography2006
Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez, 1893-1923 by David Dorado RomoNonfiction-Contemporary2006
High Country: A Novel (Literature of the American West) by Willard WymanNovel of the West2006
Dakota by Matt BraunOriginal Paperback Novel2006
The voice of the Borderlands by Drum HadleyPoetry2006
Klondike Gold by Alice ProvensenStoryteller2006
Buffalo Bill's America: William Cody and the Wild West Show by Louis S. WarrenWestern Historical Nonfiction2006
Camp Ford by Johnny D. BoggsWestern Novel2006
The Undertaker's Wife by Loren D. EstlemanWestern Novel2006
Field of Honor by D. L. BirchfieldFirst Novel2005
Fire In the Hole! by Mary Cronk FarrellJuvenile Fiction2005
Rattlesnake Mesa: Stories from a Native American Childhood by EdNah New Rider WeberJuvenile Nonfiction2005
Black Kettle : The Cheyenne Chief Who Sought Peace but Found War by Thom HatchNonfiction-Biography2005
The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution: The Bloodiest Decade, 1910-1920 by III Harris Charles H.Nonfiction-Contemporary2005
Beasts of the Fields: A Narrative History of California Farmworkers, 1769-1913 by Richard Steven StreetNonfiction-Historical2005
People of the Raven by Kathleen O'Neal GearNovel of the West2005
Vengeance Valley by Richard S. WheelerOriginal Paperback2005
A Thousand Miles of Stars: Poems by Walt McDonaldPoetry2005
Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) across the Plains by Deborah HopkinsonStoryteller2005
Buy the Chief a Cadillac: A Novel by Rick SteberWestern Novel2005
The Sergeant's Lady by Miles Hood SwarthoutFirst Novel2004
Words West: Voices of Young Pioneers by Ginger WadsworthJuvenile Nonfiction2004
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca SolnitNonfiction-Contemporary2004
One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark by Colin G. CallowayNonfiction-Historical2004
So Wild a Dream by Win BlevinsNovel of the West2004
Plain Language: A Novel by Barbara WrightOriginal Paperback2004
Wolf Tracks on the Welcome Mat by Paul ZarzyskiPoetry2004
The Star People: A Lakota Story by S.D. NelsonStoryteller2004
I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company: A Novel of Lewis and Clark by Brian HallWestern Novel2004
The Big Burn by Jeanette IngoldJuvenile Fiction2003
Raising La Belle by Mark G. MitchellJuvenile Nonfiction2003
Sam Houston by James L. HaleyNonfiction-Biography2003
Diné: A History of the Navajos by Peter IversonNonfiction-Contemporary2003
Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows by Will BagleyNonfiction-Historical2003
Perma Red by Debra Magpie EarlingNovel of the West2003
Oblivion's Altar:: A Novel of Courage by David Marion WilkinsonOriginal Paperback2003
The Chili Queen by Sandra DallasWestern Novel2003
In the Days of the Vaqueros: America's First True Cowboys by Russell FreedmanJuvenile Nonfiction2002
Corps of Discovery: A Novel of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-1806 by Jeffrey W. TenneyMedicine Pipe Bearer Award2002
American Character: The Curious Life of Charles Fletcher Lummis and the .... by Mark ThompsonNonfiction-Biography2002
Bone Wars: The Excavation Of Andrew Carnegie's Dinosaur by Tom ReaNonfiction-Contemporary2002
Andrew Jackson and His Indian Wars by Robert V. ReminiNonfiction-Historical2002
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint: A Novel by Brady UdallNovel of the West2002
Drum's Ring (G K Hall Large Print Western Series) by Richard S. WheelerOriginal Paperback2002
Blood Sister, I Am to These Fields by Linda HussaPoetry2002
The Legend of Strap Buckner: A Texas Tale by Connie Nordhielm WooldridgeStoryteller2002
The Way of the Coyote by Elmer KeltonWestern Novel2002
The Midnight Train Home by Erika TamarJuvenile Fiction2001
Stories of Young Pioneers: In Their Own Words by Violet T. KimballJuvenile Nonfiction2001
The Chivalry of Crime by Desmond BarryMedicine Pipe Bearer Award2001
A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell by Donald WorsterNonfiction-Biography2001
What You See in Clear Water: Life On the Wind River Reservation by Geoffrey O'GaraNonfiction-Contemporary2001
Pacific Destiny: The Three-Century Journey to the Oregon Country by Dale L. WalkerNonfiction-Historical2001
The Gates of the Alamo by Stephen HarriganNovel of the West2001
Bound for the Promise-Land by Troy D. SmithOriginal Paperback2001
Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella by Susan LowellStoryteller2001
Summer of Pearls by Mike BlakelyWestern Novel2001
Wrango by Brian BurksJuvenile Fiction2000
The Wild Colorado: The true adventures of Fred Dellenbaugh, age 17, on the second Powell Expedition into the Grand Canyon by Richard MaurerJuvenile Nonfiction2000
Knight Without Armor: Carlos Eduardo Castaneda, 1896-1958 by Félix D. AlmarázNonfiction-Biography2000
The Real Wild West by Michael WallisNonfiction-Contemporary2000
Prophet Annie by Ellen RecknorNovel of the West2000
Mine Work by Jim DavidsonOriginal Paperback2000
The Prairie Train by Antoine. �O FlathartaStoryteller2000
Masterson by Richard S. WheelerWestern Novel2000
Petey by Ben MikaelsenJuvenile Fiction1999
Duke: The Life and Image of John Wayne by Ronald L. DavisNonfiction-Biography1999
Devil's Bargains: Tourism in the Twentieth-Century American West by Hal K. RothmanNonfiction-Contemporary1999
The All-true travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane SmileyNovel of the West1999
Slim and Miss Prim by Robert KinerkStoryteller1999
Journey of the Dead by Loren D. EstlemanWestern Novel1999
Danger Along the Ohio by Patricia WillisJuvenile Fiction1998
Rattlesnake dance : true tales, mysteries, and rattlesnake ceremonies by Jennifer DeweyJuvenile Nonfiction1998
Keepers Of The Earth (Hell Yes, Texas Women's Series) by LaVerne Harrell ClarkMedicine Pipe Bearer Award1998
Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America by J. Anthony LukasNonfiction-Contemporary1998
El Llano Estacado : exploration and imagination on the High Plains of Texas and New Mexico, 1536-1860 by John Miller MorrisNonfiction-Historical1998
Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtryNovel of the West1998
Leaving Missouri by Ellen RecknorOriginal Paperback1998
Bootmaker And The Elves by Susan LowellStoryteller1998
The Kiowa Verdict by Cynthia HaseloffWestern Novel1998
Far North by Will HobbsJuvenile Fiction1996
The Life and Death of Crazy Horse by Russell FreedmanJuvenile Nonfiction1996
Death of a Healing Woman: A Texana Jones Mystery by Allana MartinMedicine Pipe Bearer Award1996
John Wesley Hardin: Dark Angel of Texas by Leon Claire MetzNonfiction-Biography1996
New Westers: The West in Contemporary American Culture by Michael L. JohnsonNonfiction-Contemporary1996
Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. AmbroseNonfiction-Historical1996
Sierra by Richard S. WheelerNovel of the West1996
Potter's Fields by Frank RoderusOriginal Paperback1996
The Worry Stone by Marianna DenglerStoryteller1996
Blood of Texas by Will CampWestern Novel1996
Indio by Sherry GarlandJuvenile Fiction1995
General Vallejo and the Advent of the Americans by Alan RosenusNonfiction-Biography1995
We Are a People in This World: The Lakota Sioux and the Massacre at Wounded Knee by Jr. Conger BeasleyNonfiction-Contemporary1995
Seeking Pleasure in the Old West by David DaryNonfiction-Historical1995
Stone Song: A Novel of the Life of Crazy Horse by Win BlevinsNovel of the West1995
Thunder in the valley by Jim R. WoolardOriginal Paperback1995
Dandelions by Eve BuntingStoryteller1995
The Dark Island by Robert J. ConleyWestern Novel1995
The Trail of Tears (American Events) by David K. FremonJuvenile1994
Hero of Beecher Island by David DixonNonfiction-Biography1994
Raven's Exile: A Season on the Green River by Ellen MeloyNonfiction-Contemporary1994
Precious Dust: The Saga of the Western Gold Rushes by Paula Mitchell MarksNonfiction-Historical1994
The Far Canyon by Elmer KeltonNovel of the West1994
Survival: A Novel of the Donner Party by K. C. McKennaOriginal Paperback1994
St. Agnes' Stand by Thomas EidsonWestern Novel1994
Leaving Eldorado by Joann MazzioJuvenile Fiction1993
Cowboys, Indians, and Gunfighters: The Story of the Cattle Kingdom by Albert MarrinJuvenile Nonfiction1993
People of the Whistling Waters by Mardi Oakley MedawarMedicine Pipe Bearer Award1993
Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles by Margaret Leslie DavisNonfiction-Contemporary1993
The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull by Robert M. UtleyNonfiction-Historical1993
Empire of Bones by Jeff LongNovel of the West1993
The Gila River by Gary McCarthyOriginal Paperback1993
friends by Charles HackenberryWestern Novel1993
The Haymeadow by Gary PaulsenJuvenile Fiction1992
Children of the Dust Bowl by Jerry StanleyJuvenile Nonfiction1992
John Stone and the Choctaw Kid by Wayne DavisMedicine Pipe Bearer Award1992
Let Me Be Free: The Nez Perce Tragedy by David LavenderNonfiction1992
Slaughter by Elmer KeltonNovel of the West1992
The Golden Chance by Theodore V. OlsenOriginal Paperback1992
Nickajack by Robert J. ConleyWestern Novel1992
Rescue Josh McGuire by Ben MikaelsenJuvenile Fiction1991
The Sixth Rider by Max McCoyMedicine Pipe Bearer Award1991
Custer's Last Campaign: Mitch Boyer and the Little Bighorn Reconstructed by John S. GrayNonfiction1991
The Medicine Horn by Jory ShermanNovel of the West1991
Rage in Chupadera by Norman ZollingerOriginal Paperback1991
Journal of the Gun Years by Richard MathesonWestern Novel1991
Honey Girl by Madge HarrahJuvenile Fiction1990
Woodsong by Gary PaulsenJuvenile Nonfiction1990
Caesar of Santa Fe: A Novel from History by Tim MacCurdyMedicine Pipe Bearer Award1990
Helen Hunt Jackson and Her Indian Reform Legacy by Valerie Sherer MathesNonfiction1990
Home Mountain by Jeanne WilliamsNovel of the West1990
The Changing Wind by Don ColdsmithOriginal Paperback1990
Sanctuary by Gary D. SveeWestern Novel1990
My Daniel by Pam ConradJuvenile1989
Great Plains by Ian FrazierNonfiction1989
Panther in the Sky by James Alexander ThomNovel of the West1989
Fool's Coach by Richard S. WheelerWestern Novel1989
In The Face of Danger by Joan Lowery NixonJuvenile1988
Spirit of the Hills by Dan O'BrienMedicine Pipe Bearer Award1988
Hoover Dam: An American Adventure by Joseph E. StevensNonfiction1988
The Homesman by Glendon SwarthoutNovel of the West1988
Mattie by Judy AlterWestern Novel1988
Wanderer Springs by Robert FlynnHistorical Novel1987
A Family Apart by Joan Lowery NixonJuvenile1987
Jenny's Mountain by Elaine LongMedicine Pipe Bearer Award1987
Jessie Benton Frémont : a biography by Pamela HerrNonfiction1987
Skinwalkers by Tony HillermanWestern Novel1987
Roman by Douglas C. JonesHistorical Novel1986
Make Way for Sam Houston by Jean FritzJuvenile1986
Come Spring by Charlotte HingerMedicine Pipe Bearer Award1986
Paper Medicine Man: John Gregory Bourke and His American West by Joseph C. PorterNonfiction1986
The Blind Corral (Contemporary American fiction) by Ralph BeerWestern Novel1986
The Snowblind Moon by John Byrne CookeHistorical Novel1985
Prairie Songs by Pam ConradJuvenile1985
Phil Sheridan and His Army by Paul Andrew HuttonNonfiction1985
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtryWestern Novel1985
Gone the Dreams and Dancing by Douglas C. JonesHistorical Novel1984
Trapped in the Slickrock Canyon by Gloria SkurzynskiJuvenile1984
Winterkill by Craig LesleyMedicine Pipe Bearer Award1984
Hashknife Cowboy: Recollections of Mack Hughes by Stella HughesNonfiction1984
Sam Bass by Bryan WoolleyHistorical Novel1983
Thunder on the Tennessee by G. Clifton WislerJuvenile1983
Leaving Kansas by Frank RoderusNovel1983
Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair RobsonHistorical Novel1982
Before the Lark by Irene Bennett BrownJuvenile1982
Carry the Wind by Terry C. JohnstonMedicine Pipe Bearer Award1982
Albuquerque: A narrative history by Marc SimmonsNonfiction1982
Match Race by Fred GroveNovel1982
Aces and Eights by Loren D. EstlemanHistorical Novel1981
The Last Run by Mark Jonathan HarrisJuvenile1981
Ride down the wind (A Double D western) by Wayne BartonMedicine Pipe Bearer Award1981
Cowboy Culture: A Saga of Five Centuries by David DaryNonfiction1981
Eyes of the Hawk by Elmer KeltonNovel1981
Getting There: Frontier Travel Without Power by Suzanne HiltonJuvenile1980
The Peace Chiefs of the Cheyenne by Stan HoigNonfiction1980
The Valiant Women, Vol. 1 (The Arizona Saga) by Jeanne WilliamsNovel1980
The Apaches: Eagles of the Southwest (Civilization of the American Indian Series) by Donald Emmet WorcesterNonfiction1979
Holdouts by William DeckerNovel1979
The No-Return Trail by Sonia LevitinJuvenile1978
Pueblo, Hardscrabble, Greenhorn: Society on the High Plains, 1832-1856 by Janet LecompteNonfiction1978
Riders to Cibola by Norman ZollingerNovel1978
Swimming Man Burning: A Rip-Roaring Novel of the American West by Terrence KilpatrickHistorical Novel1977
A shepherd watches, a shepherd sings by Louis IrigarayJuvenile1977
The Cowgirls by Joyce Gibson RoachNonfiction1977
The Great Horse Race by Fred GroveNovel1977
The Kincaids by Matt BraunHistorical Novel1976
"All aboard!": The story of passenger trains in America by Phillip H. AultJuvenile1976
The vanishing white man by Stan SteinerNonfiction1976
The Spirit Horses by Lou CameronNovel1976
The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer by Douglas C. JonesNovel1976
Dust of the Earth by Vera CleaverJuvenile Fiction1975
Ride 'em cowgirl! by Lynn HaneyJuvenile Nonfiction1975
Lamy of Santa Fe by Paul HorganNonfiction1975
The Shootist by Glendon SwarthoutNovel1975
Susy's Scoundrel by Harold KeithJuvenile1974
Colonel Greene and the Copper Skyrocket by C. L. SonnichsenNonfiction1974
A Hanging in Sweetwater by Stephen OverholserNovel1974
Freedom Trail by Jeanne WilliamsJuvenile Fiction1973
Red Power on the Rio Grande: The American Revolution of 1680. by Franklin FolsomJuvenile Nonfiction1973
Burnt-out Fires, California's Modoc Indian War by Richard H. DillonNonfiction1973
The Time It Never Rained by Elmer KeltonNovel1973
Chiricahua by Will HenryHistorical Novel1972
Only Earth and Sky Last Forever by Nathaniel BenchleyJuvenile Fiction1972
The Tiguas: the lost tribe of city Indians by Stan SteinerJuvenile Nonfiction1972
The Time of the Buffalo by Tom McHughNonfiction1972
A Killing in Kiowa by Lewis B. PattenNovel1972
The Black Mustanger by Richard WormserJuvenile Fiction1971
Lords of the Earth: A History of the Navajo Indians. by Jules LohJuvenile Nonfiction1971
Western life and adventures, 1889 to 1970, by Elliott Speer BarkerNonfiction1971
The Day the Cowboys Quit by Elmer KeltonNovel1971
Cayuse courage by Evelyn Sibley LampmanJuvenile Fiction1970
Retreat to the Bear Paw; The story of the Nez Percé by Marian T. PlaceJuvenile Nonfiction1970
Search for the Seven Cities; the Opening of the American Southwest by John Upton TerrellJuvenile Nonfiction1970
The Buffalo: The Story of American Bison and Their Hunters from Prehistoric Times to the Present by Francis D. HainesNonfiction1970
The Last Days of Wolf Garnett by Clifton AdamsNovel1970
The White Man s Road by Benjamin CappsHistorical Novel1969
The Meeker Massacre by Wayne D. OverholserJuvenile Fiction1969
Conquistadors and Pueblos: The Story of the American Southwest 1540-1848 by Olga Hall-QuestJuvenile Nonfiction1969
Boss Cowman: The Recollections of Ed Lemmon, 1857-1946 by Ed LemmonNonfiction1969
Tragg's Choice by Clifton AdamsNovel1969
The Red Sabbath by Lewis B. PattenHistorical Novel1968
Middl'un by Elizabeth BurlesonJuvenile Fiction1968
Rifles and war bonnets by Marian T. PlaceJuvenile Nonfiction1968
Gold Rushes and Mining Camps of the Early American West by Vardis FisherNonfiction1968
Down the Long Hills by Louis L'AmourNovel1968
The Wolf Is My Brother by Chad OliverHistorical Novel1967
The dunderhead war; a novel by Betty BakerJuvenile Fiction1967
Half-breed by Evelyn Sibley LampmanJuvenile Fiction1967
To the Pacific with Lewis and Clark by Ralph K. AndristJuvenile Nonfiction1967
America's Western Frontiers: The Exploration and Settlement of the Trans-Mississippi West by John Arkas HawgoodNonfiction1967
The Valdez Horses by Lee HoffmanNovel1967
Hellfire Jackson by Garland RoarkHistorical Novel1966
Valley of the Smallest: The Life Story of a Shrew by Aileen Lucia FisherJuvenile Nonfiction1966
America's Frontier Heritage by Ray Allen BillingtonNonfiction1966
My Brother John by Herbert PurdumNovel1966
Gold in California! by Todhunter BallardHistorical Novel1965
Mountain Man by Vardis FisherHistorical Novel1965
The Stubborn One by Rutherford George MontgomeryJuvenile1965
The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest by Alvin M. Josephy Jr.Nonfiction1965
Sam Chance by Benjamin CappsNovel1965
Indian Fighter by E. E. HalleranHistorical Novel1964
Ride a Northbound Horse by Richard WormserJuvenile1964
The Trail to Ogallala by Benjamin CappsNovel1964
The Gates of the Mountains by Will HenryHistorical Novel1963
By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid FleischmanJuvenile1963
The Story Catcher by Mari SandozJuvenile1963
The Bonanza West: The Story of the Western Mining Rushes, 1848-1900 by William S. GreeverNonfiction1963
Follow the Free Wind by Leigh BrackettNovel1963
Moontrap: A Novel by Don BerryHistorical Novel1962
The Western Horse :A Handbook by Natlee KenoyerJuvenile1962
Great Surveys of the American West (American Exploration and Travel Series) by Richard A. BartlettNonfiction1962
Comanche Captives by Fred GroveNovel1962
The Winter War by William Wister HainesHistorical Novel1961
The Lives and Legends of Buffalo Bill by Don RussellNonfiction1961
The Honyocker by Giles A. LutzNovel1961
From Where the Sun now Stands by Will HenryHistorical Novel1960
South Pass, 1868: James Chisholm's Journal of the Wyoming Gold Rush by James ChisholmNonfiction1960
The Nameless Breed by Will C. BrownNovel1960
The Buffalo Soldiers by John PrebbleHistorical Novel1959
Hold Back the Hunter by Dale WhiteJuvenile Nonfiction1959
The Day of San Jacinto by Frank X. TolbertNonfiction1959
Long Run by Nelson NyeNovel1959
The Fancher train by Amelia BeanHistorical Novel1958
Steamboat Up the Missouri by Dale WhiteJuvenile1958
Cripple Creek Days, A Nostalgic Reminiscence of the Last of the Great Gold Rush Towns by Mabel Barbee LeeNonfiction1958
Short cut to Red River by Noel M. LoomisNovel1958
The Silver Mountain by Dan CushmanHistorical Novel1957
Wolf Brother by Jim KjelgaardJuvenile1957
This is the West by Robert West HowardNonfiction1957
Buffalo Wagons by Elmer KeltonNovel1957
Generations of Men by John Clinton HuntHistorical Novel1956
Trapping the silver beaver by Charley NiehuisJuvenile1956
Men to Match My Mountains: The Opening of the Far West, 1840-1900 by Irving StoneNonfiction1956
High gun by Leslie ErnenweinNovel1956
Whoop-up country; the Canadian-American West, 1865-1885 by Paul F. SharpNonfiction1955
Somewhere They Die by L. P. HolmesNovel1955
Bent's Fort by David LavenderNonfiction1954
The Violent Land by Wayne D. OverholserNovel1954
The wheel and the hearth by Lucia W. MooreHistorical Novel1953
Sagebrush sorrel by Frank C. RobertsonJuvenile1953
Law Man by Lee LeightonNovel1953


Western Writers of America annually honors writers for distinguished writing about the American West with the Spur Awards. Since 1953 the Spur Awards have been considered one of the most prestigious awards in American literature. Spurs are given for the best western historical novel, best western traditional novel, best western contemporary novel, best short story, best short nonfiction. Also, best contemporary nonfiction, best biography, best history, best juvenile fiction and nonfiction, best drama, best documentary, best poem, best song, best children’s picture book and best first novel as well as best first nonfiction book.

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URL: https://westernwriters.org/spur-awards/
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