• Testimonials

    The resolute but congenial atmosphere of the WLA has set the tone for my approach to teaching and scholarship, and established my regard for active service to my institution and the profession.
    William V. Lombardi
    Assistant Professor, Missouri Valley College (Grad student rep 2012-2014)

The J. Golden Taylor Award

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 by a graduate student 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. 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 August 15. Please send it to both of our presidents: Emily Lutenski and Michael Johnson.

This year, the award consists of a $200 cash prize and a banquet ticket.

 

Note: To be eligible for this award, you must be registered as a graduate student at the time of the conference. And the award can only be received once. 


The J. Golden Taylor Award Recipients

YearRecipientAffiliation
2017Elena ValdezRice University
2016Jada AchUniversity of South Carolina
2015Jenna HunnefUniversity of Toronto
2014Aubrey Streit KrugUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln
2013Heather DundasUniversity of Southern California
2012Sylvan GoldbergStanford University
2011Christopher MunizUniversity of Southern California
2010Alex YoungUniversity of Southern California
2009Joshuah O'Brien West Texas A&M
2008Matthew J. LavinUniversity of Iowa
2007 Patrick GleasonUniversity of California, San Diego
2006Angela Waldie University of Calgary
2005John Gamber Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
2004Ianina ArnoldUniversity of Idaho
2003Matt BurkhartUniversity of Arizona
2002Laurie Clements LambethUniversity of Houston
2001Virginia KennedyMontclair State University
2000Jenny Emery DavidsonUniversity of Utah
1999Jenny Emery DavidsonUniversity of Utah
1998Anne L. Kaufman
1997Jonathan PittsSUNY-Buffalo
1996Wes Mantooth
1995Phil Coleman-Hull
1994David Mazel
1993Evelyn I. FundaUniv. of Nebraska-Lincoln
1989Nat Lewis
1988Nancy CookSUNY-Buffalo
1987Cheryll Burgess GlotfeltyCornell University
1986 Linda A. Hughson-Ross
1984Anne K. Phillips

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  • Western Literature Association (WLA)

    Founded in 1965, the Western Literature Association (WLA) is a non-profit, scholarly association that promotes the study of the diverse literature and cultures of the North American West, past and present.

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    (The Journal)

    Published by the Western Literature Association, Western American Literature is the leading journal in western American literary studies.