Westerners International Annual Awards

Each year Westerners International offers awards and a student scholarship. The deadline for entries is April 15. Entry forms are sent to corral/posse representatives in early February.  Award winners must be members of Westerners corrals or posses in current standing.  Award entry forms are also available here on the website. Send us your books, articles, programs, and poetry so we can recognize your talents and hard work! 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 is given for the best presentation or program on the American West delivered to a corral or posse.
1st place: plaque, certificate, and $150   2nd place:  certificate and $100

The Heads Up Awards In this category, three separate awards are given. 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

Westerners International $500 Scholarship for Academic Excellence   A $500 scholarship goes to a graduate or undergraduate student member of a Westerners corral or posse who is currently enrolled in a college or university.  Required:  8-10-page essay on a topic of the American West and letter of recommendation from faculty sponsor who is a member in current standing of a Westerners corral/posse.

Forms are sent to corral/posse reps early Feb and can also be downloaded from the website.

For further information email Dr. Bonney MacDonald,

Postmark deadline for award submissions is April 15.

Annual Awards