Named in honor of the first editor of Western American Literature, and also one of the Western Literature Association’s founders and presidents, the Taylor Award is a prestigious award juried by a team of experts in the field and given annually to a work of scholarship submitted for the annual conference. Creative work is not considered for the Taylor; however, creative work may be submitted to the association’s Manfred Prize, and graduate student participants have been successful in winning that in the past (see Manfred Award).
For the Taylor, submit an abstract by the proposal deadline (usually in mid-June, but for 2016 on June 1). Once your proposal has been accepted, submit the complete, conference-length paper (not exceeding 15 pages) with a cover letter indicating that you wish to be considered for the Taylor Award to the conference president. The deadline for the completed paper is normally August 15, but for 2016, it is August 1 due to the conference taking place earlier than most years. Note: the award can only be received once.
|2014||Aubrey Streit Krug|
|2008||Matthew J. Lavin|
|2002||Laurie Clements Lambeth|
|2000||Jenny Emery Davidson|
|1999||Jenny Emery Davidson|
|1998||Anne L. Kaufman|
|1993||Evelyn I. Funda|
|1987||Cheryll Burgess Glotfelty|
|1986||Linda A. Hughson-Ross|
|1984||Anne K. Phillips|