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Awards Sponsored by the Western Literature Association

The association sponsors several awards each year. All of them are awarded at the annual conference. For descriptions of each award, click on the links below. If you have further questions regarding any of these awards, please contact Sabine Barcatta or the contact person listed for the individual award.

Distinguished Achievement Award: for an influential scholar in the field of western American literature (creative writer or critic)

Delbert and Edith Wylder Award: for exceptional service to the Western Literature Association

Thomas J. Lyon Book Award: named after the former editor of Western American Literature, this award goes to an outstanding book in the field

Don D. Walker Prize: given to the best essay published in western American literature during the previous year

J. Golden Taylor Award: named after the first editor of Western American Literature, this award goes to the graduate student who submitted the best paper to the annual conference

Frederick Manfred Award: named after a famous writer and long-time WLA member, this award goes to the best creative writing submission at the annual conference

Susan J. Rosowski Award: named after a long-time WLA member, this award goes to a generous and caring mentor and teacher in the field of western American literary studies

Louis Owens Awards: financial support for graduate students to attend the annual WLA Conference

 

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