Spur Western Award Winners

2020

On Swift Horses: A Novel by Shannon Pufahl, Contemporary Novel

 A Forgotten Evil by Sheldon Russell, Historical Novel

Cherokee America by Margaret Verble, Traditional Novel

On Swift Horses: A Novel by Shannon Pufahl, First Novel

Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power by Pekka Hämäläinen, Historical Nonfiction

Country Music: An Illustrated History by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns, Contemporary Nonfiction

Nighthawk Rising: A Biography of Accused Cattle Rustler Queen Ann Bassett of Brown’s Park by Diana Allen Kouris, Biography

 “‘Worry, USA’: Dude Ranch Advertising Looks East, 1915-1945” by Flannery Burke, Short Fiction

 

2019

The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson, for Best Western Contemporary Novel

River of Porcupines by G.K. Aalborg, for Best Western Historical Novel

The Return of Kid Cooper by Brad Smith, for Best Western Traditional Novel

The River by Starlight by Ellen Notbohm, for Best First Novel

Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands by Brenden W. Rensink, for Best Western Historical Nonfiction

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantu, for Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction

White Hat: The Military Career of Captain William Philo Clark by Mark J. Nelson, for Best Western Biography

"Buck's Last Ride" by Therese Greenwood, for Best Western Short Fiction

"Art, Agency, and Conservation: A Fresh Look at Albert Bierstadt's Vision of the West" by Peter H. Hassrick, for Best Western Short Nonfiction

2018

Double Wide by Leo W. Banks, for Best Western Contemporary Novel

The Coming by David Osborne, for Best Western Historical Novel

Silver City:  A Novel of the American West by Jeff Guinn, for Traditional Novel

Double Wide by Leo W. Banks, for Best First Western Novel

Killers of the Flower Moon:  The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, for Best Western Historical Nonfiction

A Land Apart:  The Southwest and the Nation in the Twentieth Century by Flannery Burke, for Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction

Frank Little and the IWW:  The Blood That Stained an American Family by Jane Little Botkin, for Best Western Biography

"Lost and Found:  A Short Story" by Rod Miller, for Best Western Short Fiction

"States of Decay:  A Journey Through America's Nuclear Heartland" by Ben Mauk, for Best Western Short Nonfiction

2017

Off the Grid: A Joe Pickett Novel by C.J. Box, for Best Western Contemporary Novel

Best Western Historical Novel - No award given

The Mustanger and the Lady by Dusty Richards, for Best Western Traditional Novel

Jasper Spring by James T. Hughes, for Best First Novel

The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, The Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History by Paul Andrew Hutton, for Best Western Historical Nonfiction

New Deal Cowboy: Gene Autry and Public Diplomacy by Michael Duchemin, for Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction

Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson, for Best Western Biography

"Odell's Bones" by Troy D. Smith, for Best Western Short Fiction

"Master of Ceremonies': The World of Peter Biggs in Civil War-Era Los Angeles" by Kendra Field and Daniel Lynch, for Best Western Short Nonfiction

2016

Crazy Mountain Kiss:  A Sean Stranahan Mystery by Keith McCafferty, for Best Western Contemporary Novel

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale, for Best Western Historical Novel

The Last Midwife by Sandra Dallas, for Best Western Traditional Novel

American Copper by Shann Ray, for Best First Novel

William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest by William Heath, for Best Western Historical Nonfiction

The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin by Leisl Carr Childers, for Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction

Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles, for Best Western Biography

The Scalper by Richard Prosch, for Best Western Short Fiction Story

"Cowboys and Capitalist: The XIT Ranch in Texas and Montana, 1885-1912" by Michael M. Miller, for Best Western Short Nonfiction

2015

Bad Country by Craig Johnson, for Best Western Contemporary Novel

Wild Ran the Rivers by James D. Crownover, for Best Western Historical Novel

The Big Drift by Patrick Dearen, for Best Western Traditional Novel

Wild Ran the Rivers by James D. Crownover, for Best First Novel

American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890 by Jerome A. Greene, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical

Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster by Angela Day, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary

Song of Dewey Beard: Last Survivor of Little Bighorn by Philip Burnham, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography

"Fingers" by Andrew Geyer, for Best Western Short Fiction

"Calamity Jane: A Life and Legends" by Richard W. Etulain, for Best Western Short Nonfiction

2014

Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel by James Lee Burke, for Best Western Contemporary Novel

Silent We Stood by Henry Chappell, for Best Western Historical Novel

Crossing Purgatory by Gary Schanbacher, for Best Western Traditional Novel

Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman, for Best First Novel

Shot all to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape by Mark Lee Gardner, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical

Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country by William Philpott, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary

Jack London: An American Life by Earle Labor, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography

"Cabin Fever" by Brett Cogburn, for Best Western Short Fiction

"The Other James Brother" by Mark Lee Gardner, for Best Western Short Nonfiction

2013

With Blood in Their Eyes by Thomas Cobb, for Best Western Long Novel

Tucker's Reckoning by Matthew Mayo, for Best Western Short Novel

The Coyote Tracker by Larry Sweazy, for Best Original Mass Market Paperback

With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails to the Mining West, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical

Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, A Mojave Hermit and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History by Deanne Stillman, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary

Geronimo by Robert M. Utley, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography

"The Hog Whisperer" by John Mort, for Best Western Short Fiction Story

"Marathoner Louis Tewanima and the Continuity of Hopi Running, 1908-1912" by Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, for Best Western Short Nonfiction

2012

Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen Harrigan, for Best Western Long Novel

Legacy of a Lawman by Johnny D. Boggs, for Best Western Short Novel

West Texas Kill by Johnny D. Boggs, for Best Original Mass Market Paperback

The Mormon Rebellion by David L. Bigler and Will Bagley, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical

The Bitter and MR. Brandborg by Frederick H. Swanson, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary

George Crook by Paul Magid, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography

The Death of Delgado by Rod Miller and The Deacon's Horse by Clay Reynolds, for Best Western Short Fiction Story

The Alamo, Well Remembered by Paul Andrew Hutton, for Best Western Short Nonfiction

Birdie by Candace Simar, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction

Migrant Mother by Don Nardo, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction

Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Langdo, for Best Western Storyteller

2011
Last Train from Cuernavaca by Lucia St. Clair Robson, for Best Western Long Novel
Snowbound by Richard S. Wheeler, for Best Western Short Novel
Damnation Road by Max McCoy, for Best Original Paperback Novel
The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
The Frontier of Leisure by Lawrence Culver, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Wolf: The Lives of Jack London by James L. Hayley, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
"Bonnie and Clyde in the Backyard" in Glimmer Train by K.L. Cook, for Best Western Short Fiction
"The N Bar N Ranch" in Montana: The Magazine of Western History by Roger Di Silvestro, for Best western Short Nonficition
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Buffalo Bill Cody (Legends of the Wild West) by Ronald A. Reis, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
A Night on the Range by Aaron Frisch and Chris Sheban, for Best Western Storyteller


2010
Echoes of Glory by Robert Flynn, for Best Western Long Novel
Far Bright Star by Robert Olmstead, for Best Western Short Novel
Stranger in Thunder Basin by John D. Nesbitt, for Best Original Paperback Novel
Fort Laramie: Military Bastion of the High Plains by Douglas C. McChristian and Paul L. Hedren, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
The Secret War in El Paso by Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Peg Leg by David C. Humphrey, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
"At the End of the Orchard" in Hardboiled Magazine by John D. Nesbitt, for Best Western Short Fiction
"Teddy's Ride to Recovery" in Wild West Magazine by Roger Di Silvestro, for Best western Short Nonficition
Hard Winter: A Western Story by Johnny D. Boggs, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
One Sky Above Us by Nancy Plain, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
Finding Susie by Sandra Day O'Connor and Tom Pohrt, for Best Western Storyteller


2009
Shavetail: A Novel by Thomas Cobb, for Best Western Long Novel
Another Man's Moccasins by Craig Johnson, for Best Western Short Novel
Trouble at the Redstone by John D. Nesbitt, for Best Original Paperback Novel
God's Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana by Carol Buchanan, for Best First Novel
Hunting the American West by Richard Rattenbury, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
Full-Court Quest by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Frontiersman: Daniel Boone and the Making of America by Meredith Mason Brown, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
"Cornflower Blue" in Untamed Ink by Susan K. Salzer, for Best Western Short Fiction
"Owen Winster's Paladin of the Plains: The Virginian as a Cultural Hero" by David A. Smith, for Best western Short Nonficition
I Am Apache by Tanya Landman, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
The Trial of Standing Bear by Frank Keating, Gini Moore Campbell and Mike Wimmer, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
The Wheat Doll by Alison Randall and Bill Farnsworth, for Best Western Storyteller


2008
The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle, for Best Western Long Novel
Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas, for Best Western Short Novel
Hellfire Canyon by Max McCoy, for Best Original Paperback Novel
Night Birds by Thomas Maltman, for Best First Novel
Creating Minnesota by Anette Atkins, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
Lone Star Lawmen by Robert Marshall Utley, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Gall: Lakota War Chief by Robert W. Larson, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
Crucifixion River by Marcia Muller, for Best Western Short Fiction
“Selling the ‘Noble Savage’ Myth" in Kansas History by Joseph B. Herring, for Best western Short Nonficition
Doubtful Canon: A Western Story by Johnny D. Boggs, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Sagebrush and Paintbrush by Nancy Plain, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction


2007
The Night Journal by Elizabeth Crook, for Best Western Long Novel
The Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman, for Best Western Short Novel
The Horse Creek Incident by Dusty Richards, for Best Original Paperback Novel
Broken Trail by Alan Geoffrion, for Best First Novel
Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
Copper Chorus by Denis Swibold, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Crazy Horse by Kingsley M. Bray, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
Commanche Moon by Dusty Richards, for Best Western Short Fiction
Geronimo by Joseph Bruchac, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Bleeding Kansas and the Violent Clash Over Slavery in the Heartland by Jeff C. Young, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
Tatanka and the Lakota People by Donald Montileaux, for Best Western Storyteller
Across the High Divide by Laurie Wagner Buyer, for Best Western Poetry


2006
High Country by Willard Wyman, for Best Novel of the West
High Country by Willard Wyman, for Best First Novel
Camp Ford by Johnny Boggs, for Best Western Novel
Dakota by Matt Braun, for Best Original Paperback Novel
Ringside Seat to a Revolution by David Romo, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Buffalo Bill's America by Louis S. Warren, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
Chief Joseph by Candy Moulton, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
Klondike Gold by Alice Provensen, for Best Western Storyteller
The First Americans by Anthony Aveni, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
Black Storm Comin' by Diane Lee Wilson, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Voice of the Borderlands by Drum Hadley, for Best Western Poetry


2005
Buy the Chief a Cadillac by Rick Steber, for Best Western Novel
People of the Raven by Kathleen O'Neal Gear, for Best Novel of the West
Vengeance Valley by Richard S. Wheeler, for Best Original Paperback Novel
Field of Honor by D.L. Birchfield, for Best First Novel
Black Kettle by Thom Hatch, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
Beasts of the Field by Richard Street, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution by Charles Harris, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Fire in the Hole by Mary Farrell, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Rattlesnake Mesa by Edna Weber, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
A Thousand Miles of Stars by Walt McDonald, for Best Western Poetry
Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson, for Best Western Storyteller


2004
On A Silver Desert by Ernest Haycox, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
River of Shadows by Rebecca Solnit, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
One Vast Winter Count by Colin Galloway, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
Company by Brian Hall, for Best Western Novel
So Wild A Dream by Win Blevins, for Best Novel of the West
The Sergeant's Lady by Miles Swarthout, for Best First Novel
Plain Language by Barbara Wright, for Best Original Paperback Novel
Words West by Ginger Wadsworth, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
In The Eye of the Storm by E. Kimmel, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
The Star People by S.D. Nelson, for Best Western Storyteller
Wolf Tracks on the Welcome Matt by Paul Zarzyski, for Best Western Poetry


2003
The Chili Queen by Sandra Dallas, for Best Western Novel
Perma Red by Debra Earling, for Best Novel of the West
Oblivion's Altar by David Wilkinson, for Best Original Paperback Novel
Sam Houston by James Haley, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
Blood of the Prophets by Will Bagley, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
Dine: A History of the Navajos by Peter Iverson, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
The Big Burn by Jeanette Ingold, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Raising La Belle by Mark Mitchell, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
Will Rogers by Frank Keating, for Best Western Storyteller


2002
The Way of the Coyote by Elmer Kelton, for Best Western Novel
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall, for Best Novel of the West
Drum's Ring by Richard Wheeler, for Best Original Paperback Novel
American Character by Mark Thompson, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
Andrew Jackson and His Indian Wars by Robert Remini, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
Bone Wars by Tom Rea, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Rockbuster by Gloria Skurzynski, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
In the Days of the Vaqueros by Russell Freedman, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
The Legend of Strap Buckner by Connie Nordhielm, for Best Western Storyteller
Blood Sister, I am To These Fields by Linda Hussa, for Best Western Poetry


2001
Summer of Pearls by Mike Blakely, for Best Western Novel
The Gates of the Alamo by Stephen Harrigan, for Best Novel of the West
Bound for the Promise Land by Troy Smith, for Best Original Paperback Novel
A River Running West by Donald Worcester, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
Pacific Destiny by Dale Walker, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
What You See In Clear Water by Geoffrey O'Gara, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
The Midnight Train Home by Erika Tamar, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Stories of Young Pioneers in Their Own Words by Violet Kimball, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
Cindy Ellen by Susan Lowell, for Best Western Storyteller
Western Settings by Red Shuttleworth, for Best Western Poetry


2000
Masterson by Richard Wheeler, for Best Western Novel
Prophet Annie by Ellen Recknor, for Best Novel of the West
Mine Work by Jim Davidson, for Best Original Paperback Novel
A Knight Without Armor by Felix Almaraz, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
Rush for Riches by J.S. Holliday, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
The Real Wild West by Michael Wallis, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Wrango by Brian Burks, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
The Wild Colorado by Richard Maurer, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
Prairie Train by Antoine O'Flatharta, for Best Western Storyteller


1999
Journey of the Dead by Loren D. Estleman, for Best Western Novel
The All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley, for Best Novel of the West
Dark Trail by Hiram King, for Best Original Paperback Novel
Duke by Ronald Davis, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
The Contested Plains by Elliott West, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
Devil's Bargains by Hal Rothman, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Petey by Ben Mikaelson, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Cowboy With a Camera by Don Worcester, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
Slim and Miss Prim by Robert Kinerk, for Best Western Storyteller


1998
The Kiowa Verdict by Cynthia Haselhoff, for Best Western Novel
Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtry, for Best Novel of the West
Leaving Missouri by Ellen Recknor, for Best Original Paperback Novel
Death's Deceivers by Lynn Bridgers, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
El Lano Estacado by John Morris, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
Big Trouble by J. Anthony Lukas, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Danger Along the Ohio by Patricia Willis, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Rattlesnake Dance by Jennifer Dewey, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
Bootmaker and Elves by Susan Lowell, for Best Western Storyteller


1996
Blood of Texas by Preston Lewis, for Best Western Novel
Sierra by Richard Wheeler, for Best Novel of the West
Potter's Fields by Frank Roderus, for Best Original Paperback Novel
John Wesley Hardin by Leon Metz, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
New Westers by Michael Johnson, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Far North by Will Hobbs, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
The Life and Death of Crazyhorse by Richard Freedman, Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
The Worry Stone by Marianna Dengler, for Best Western Storyteller


1995
The Dark Island by Robert Conley, for Best Western Novel
Stone Song by Win Blevins, for Best Novel of the West
Thunder in the Valley by Jim woolard, for Best Original Paperback Novel
General M.G. Vallejo and the Advent of the Americans by Alan Rosenus, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
Seeking Pleasure in the Old West by David Dary, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
We are a People in This World by Conger Beasley, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Indio by Sherry Garland, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Camels for Uncle Sam by Diane Yancey, Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
Dandelions by Eve Bunting, for Best Western Storyteller


1994
St. Agnes' Stand by Tom Edison, for Best Western Novel
The Far Canyon by Elmer Kelton, for Best Novel of the West
Survival by K.C. McKenna, for Best Original Paperback Novel
Hero of Beecher Island by David Dixon, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
Precious Dust by Paula Marks, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
Raven's Exile by Ellen Meloy, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
A Trail of Tears by David Fremon, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1993
Friends by Charles Hackenberry, for Best Western Novel
Empire of Bones by Jeff Long, for Best Novel of the West
The Gila River by Gary McCarthy, for Best Original Paperback Novel
The Lance and the Shield by Robert Utley, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
Rivers in the Desert by Margaret Davis, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Leaving Eldorado by JoAnn Mazzio, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Cowboys, Indians, and Gunfighters by Albert Marrin, Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction


1992
Nickajack by Robert J. Conley, for Best Western Novel
Slaughter by Elmer Kelton, for Best Novel of the West
The Golden Chance by T.V. Olsen, for Best Original Paperback Novel
Let Me Be Free by David Lavender, for Best Western Nonfiction
The Hay Meadow by Gary Paulsen, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Children of the Dust Bowl by Jerry Stanley, Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction


1991
Journal of Gun Years by Richard Matheson, for Best Western Novel
The Medicine Horn by Jory Sherman, for Best Novel of the West
Rage in Chupadera by Norman Zollinger, for Best Original Paperback Novel
Custer's Last Campaign by John S. Gray, for Best Western Nonfiction
Rescue Josh McGuire by Ben Mikaelsen, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1990
Sanctuary by Gary Svee, for Best Western Novel
Home Mountain by Jeanne Williams, for Best Novel of the West
The Changing Wind by Don Coldsmith, for Best Original Paperback Novel
Helen Hunt Jackson by Valerie S. Mathes, for Best Western Nonfiction
Honey Girl by Madge Harrah, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Woodsong by Gary Paulsen, Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction


1989
Fool's Coach by Richard Wheeler, for Best Western Novel
Panther in the Sky by James Alexander, for Best Novel of the West
Among the Eagles by G. Clifton Wisler, for Best Original Paperback Novel
The Great Plains by Ian Frazier, for Best Western Nonfiction
My Daniel by Pam Conrad, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1988
Mattie by Judy Alter, for Best Western Novel
The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout, for Best Novel of the West
Hoover Dam by Joseph Stevens, for Best Western Nonfiction
In the Face of Danger by Joan Lowry Nixon, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1987
Skinwalker by Tony Hillerman, for Best Western Novel
Wanderer Springs by Robert Flynn, for Best Novel of the West
Jessie Benton Fremont by Pamela Herr, for Best Western Nonfiction
The Orphan Train by Joan Lowry Nixon, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1986
The Blind Corral by Ralph Robert Beer, for Best Western Novel
Roman by Douglas C. Jones, for Best Novel of the West
Paper Medicine Man by Joseph C. Porter, for Best Western Nonfiction
Make Way For Sam Houston by Jean Fritz, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1985
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, for Best Western Novel
The Snowblind Moon by John Byrne Cooke, for Best Novel of the West
Phil Sheridan and His Army by Paul Hutton, for Best Western Nonfiction
Prairie Songs by Pam Conrad, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1984
Gone the Dreams and Dancing by Douglas C. Jones, for Best Western Novel
Hashknife Cowboy Recollections of Mach Hughes by Stella Hughes, for Best Western Nonfiction
Trapped in Slickrock Canyon by Gloria Skurzynski, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1983
Leaving Kansas by Frank Roderus, for Best Western Novel
Sam Bass by Bryan Woolley, for Best Novel of the West
Quarterdeck and Saddlehorn by Carl Briggs, for Best Western Nonfiction
Thunder on the Tennessee by Gary Clifton, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction

1982
Match Race by Fred Grove, for Best Western Novel
Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair, for Best Novel of the West
Albuquerque: A Narrative History by Marc Simmons, for Best Western Nonfiction
Before the Lark by Irene Brown, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1981
Eye of the Hawk by Elmer Kelton, for Best Western Novel
Aces and Eights by Loren D. Estleman, for Best Novel of the West
Cowboy Culture by David Dary, for Best Western Nonfiction
The Last Run by Mark Harris, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1980
The Valiant Woman by Jeanne Williams, for Best Western Novel
Getting There by Susan Hilton, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1979
The Holdouts by William Decker, for Best Western Novel
The Apaches by Don Worcester, for Best Western Nonfiction


1978
Riders to Cibola by Norman Zollinger, for Best Western Novel
Pueblo, Hardscrabble, Greenhorn by Janet LeCompte, for Best Western Nonfiction
The No Return Trail by Sonia Levitin, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1977
The Great Horse Race by Fred Grove, for Best Western Novel
Swimming Man Burning by Terrence Kilpatrick, for Best Novel of the West
The Cowgirls by Joyce Roach, for Best Western Nonfiction
The Shepherd Watches, the Shepherd Sings by Louis Irigaray, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1976
The Spirit Horses by Lou Cameron, for Best Western Novel
The Kincaids by Matt Braun, for Best Novel of the West
The Vanishing Whiteman by Stan Steiner, for Best Western Nonfiction


1975
The Shootist by Glendon Swarthout, for Best Western Novel
Lamy of Santa Fe by Paul Horgan, for Best Novel of the West
Dust of the Earth by Vera Cleaver, for Best Western Nonfiction
Ride 'em Cowgirl by Lynn Haney, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1974
A Hanging in Sweetwater by Stephen Overholser, for Best Western Novel
Colonel Green and the Copper Skyrocket by C.L. Sonnichsen, for Best Western Nonfiction
Susy's Scoundrel by Harold Keith, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1973
The Time it Never Rained by Elmer Kelton, for Best Western Novel
Burnout Fires by Richard Dillon, for Best Western Nonfiction
Freedom Trail by Jeanne Williams, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Red Power on the Rio Grande by Franklin Folsom, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction


1972
A Killing in Kiowa by Lewis Patten, for Best Western Novel
The Time of the Buffalo by Tom McHugh, for Best Western Nonfiction
Only Earth & Sky Last Forever by Nathaniel Benchley, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
The Tiguas by Stan Steiner, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction


1971
The Day the Cowboys Quit by Elmer Kelton, for Best Western Novel
Western Life and Adventures by Elliot Barker, for Best Western Nonfiction
The Black Mustanger by Richard Wormser, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Lords of the Earth by Jules Loh, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction


1970
The Last Days of Wolf Garnett by Clifton Adams, for Best Western Novel
The Buffalo by Francis Haines, for Best Western Nonfiction
Cayuse Courage by Evelyn Lampman, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Retreat to the Bear Paw by Marion Place, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction


1969
Tragg's Choice by Clifton Adams, for Best Western Novel
The White Man's Road by Benjamin Capps, for Best Novel of the West
Boss Cowman by Nellie Yost, for Best Western Nonfiction
The Meeker Massacre by Wayne Overholser, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Conquistadores and Pueblos by Olga Hall-Quest, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
Big With Vengeance by Cecil Snyder, for Best First Novel


1968
Down the Long Hills by Louis L'Amour, for Best Western Novel
The Red Sabbath by Lewis Patten, for Best Novel of the West
Gold Rushes and Mining Camps of the Early American West by Vardis Fisher, for Best Western Nonfiction
Middl'un by Elizabeth Burleson, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1967
The Valdez Horses by Lee Hoffman, for Best Western Novel
The Wolf is My Brother by Chad Oliver, for Best Novel of the West
America's Western Frontiers by John Hawgood, for Best Western Nonfiction
Half Breed by Evelyn Lampman, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
To the Pacific with Lewis and Clark by Ralph Andrist, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction


1966
My Brother John by Herbert Purdum, for Best Western Novel
Hellfire Jackson by Garland Roarke, for Best Novel of the West
America's Frontier Heritage by Ray Billington, for Best Western Nonfiction
Valley of the Smallest by Aileen Fisher, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction


1965
Sam Chance by Benjamin Capps, for Best Western Novel
Gold in California by Todhunter Ballard, for Best Novel of the West
The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest by Alvin Josephy, for Best Western Nonfiction
The Stubborn One by Rutherford Montgomery, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1964
The Trail to Ogallala by Benjamin Capps, for Best Western Novel
Indian Fighter by E.E. Halleran, for Best Novel of the West
Ride a Northbound Horse by Richard Wormser, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1963
Follow the Free Wind by Leigh Brackett, for Best Western Novel
Gates of the Mountains by Will Henry, for Best Novel of the West
The Bonanza West by William S. Greever, for Best Western Nonfiction


1962
Comanche Captives by Fred Groves, for Best Western Novel
Great Surveys of the American West by R.A. Bartlett, for Best Western Nonfiction
The Western Horse by Natlee Kenoyer, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1961
The Honyocker by Giles Lutz, for Best Western Novel
The Winter War by William Haines, for Best Novel of the West
The Lives and Legends of Buffalo Bill by Don Russell, for Best Western Nonfiction


1960
The Nameless Breed by Will Brown, for Best Western Novel
From Where the Sun Now Stands by Will Henry, for Best Novel of the West
South Pass 1868 by Lola Homsher, for Best Western Nonfiction
The Horse Talker by Jeanne Williams, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1959
The Long Run by Nelson Nye, for Best Western Novel
The Buffalo Soldiers by John Prebble, for Best Novel of the West
Day of San Jacinto by Frank Tolbert, for Best Western Nonfiction
Their Shining Hour by Ramona Weeks, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1958
Shortcut to Red River by Noel Loomis, for Best Western Novel
The Fancher Train by Amelia Bean, for Best Novel of the West
Cripple Creek Days by Mabel Lee, for Best Western Nonfiction
Steamboat Up the Missouri by Dale White, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1957
Buffalo Wagons by Elmer Kelton, for Best Western Novel
Silver Mountain by Dan Cushman, for Best Novel of the West
This is the West by Robert Howard, for Best Western Nonfiction
Wolf Brother by Jim Kjelgaard, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1956
High Gun by Leslie Ernenwein, for Best Western Novel
Generations of Men by John Hunt, for Best Novel of the West
Men to Match My Mountains by Irving Stone, for Best Western Nonfiction
Trapping the Silver Beaver by Charles Niehuis, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1955
Somewhere They Die by L.P. Holmes, for Best Western Novel


1954
The Violent Land by Wayne Overholser, for Best Western Novel
Journey by the River by John Prescott, for Best Novel of the West
Bent's Fort by David Lavender, for Best Western Nonfiction
Young Hero of the Range by Stephen Payne, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction


1953
Lawman by Lee Leighton, for Best Western Novel
The Wheel and the Hearth by Lucia Moore, for Best Novel of the West
Sagebrush Sorrel by Frank C. Robertson, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction