Westerners International Annual Awards

Each year Westerners International conducts an award and scholarship program. The deadline for entries is April 15, and winners are announced in the fall. Forms are sent to the member groups in early February along with the dues packets and corral/posse contact information sheets. Winners must be members of Westerners corrals or posses in current standing. Work entered – for programs, articles, books, etc. – needs to be from 2018. Forms are included in the dues packet and can also be downloaded from the WI website. Please send us your work; and thank you for your participation!
The Co-Founders "Best Book" Award recognizes the best non-fiction book written by a member of Westerners concerning an aspect of the American West.
1st place: plaque, certificate, and $250; 2nd place: certificate and $100

The "Coke" Wood Award goes to the best book or article dealing with Western American history based on individual research, personal knowledge, or family records. The monograph or article can be published by a university or commercial press, a historical society, the author, or by a corral or posse.
1st place $100 plaque and certificate; 2nd place certificate and $50

The Philip A. Danielson Award recognizes the best presentation or program delivered to a corral or posse during the year by a member of Westerners. This award goes to the corral or posse, and encourages members to do research or otherwise prepare a program and then share their interest and knowledge with fellow Westerners
1st place: plaque, certificate, and $150 2nd place: certificate and $100

The Heads Up Awards offers three separate awards: one to smaller corrals or posses, one to larger corrals or posses, and one to a foreign corral or posse. Judging is based on programs, membership, publications, activities, and community contributions.

The Fred Olds Poetry Award recognizes outstanding contemporary cowboy poetry in the tradition of Badger Clark, S. Omar Barker, and other great western poets.
First place: Plaque, certificate, $100; Second place: Certificate, $50

$1,000 Scholarship for Academic and Leadership Excellence goes to a student member of a Westerners corral or posse that is under the sponsorship of an institute of higher learning. Selection is based on both leadership and scholarship. Winner receives a $1,000 check and certificate.
For info and entry forms see our website:
or email Dr. Bonney MacDonald,

Send four copies of each entry with the appropriate completed entry form by April 15 to:

  Awards Committee
Westerners International,
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
2503 4th Ave, Canyon, TX 79015

Please note that entry materials will not be returned.

Annual Awards