2015 WILLA Award
winners & finalists

Congratulations to all!

WWW will be seeking entries for the 2016 WILLA Literary Awards, honoring books published in 2015, following the October conference. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2016

2015 WILLA Fund Donors

Women Writing the West announces

2016 WILLA Literary Award Winners and Finalists

(Denver, Colorado) – Women Writing the West (WWW) is proud to announce the 2016 WILLA Literary Award competition Winners and Finalists, representing the best of 2015 published literature for women’s or girl’s stories set in the American West. WWW is the underwriter and annual presenter of this nationally recognized award.

Chosen by professional librarians, historians and university affiliated educators, the winning authors and their books will be honored at the 22st Annual WWW Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 13 - 16, 2016.

Contemporary Fiction

WINNER: Firebreak—Tricia Fields (Minetaur Books/St Martin’s Press)
FINALIST: Ana of California—Andi Teran (Penguin Random House)
FINALIST: Chasm—Susan Cummins Miller (Texas Tech Univ Press)

Original Softcover (Trade or Mass Market)

WINNER: Hidden Shadows—Linda Lucretia Shuler (Twilight Times Books)
FINALIST: Women and Thieves of Two Pan—B.K. Froman (Morning West Publishing)
FINALIST: Rough Patches—Deanna Dickenson McCall (The Frontier Project, INC)

Historical

WINNER: The Bookseller—Cynthia Swanson (HarperCollins)
FINALIST: The Last Midwife—Sandra Dallas (St. Martin’s Press)
FINALIST:t Shelterbelts—Candace Simar ( NorthStar Press)

Scholarly Nonfiction

WINNER: Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest—Lesley Poling-Kempes (University of Arizona Press)
FINALIST: Shaping the Public Good: Women Making History in the Pacific Northwest—Sue Armitage (Oregon State University Press)
FINALIST: Amada’s Blessing from the Peyote Gardens of South Texas—Stacy B. Schaefer (University of New Mexico Press)

Creative Nonfiction

WINNER: American Ghost: A Families Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest —Hannah Nordhaus (Harper/Harper Collins)
FINALIST: HOWL of Woman and Wolf—Susan Imhoff Bird (Torrey House Press)
FINALIST: Mysteries of Love and Grief: Reflections of a Plainswoman’s Life—Sandra Scofield ( Texas Tech Univ Press)

Children’s/Young Adult Fiction & Nonfiction

WINNER: Shadow of the Hawk—K.S. Jones (Clean Reads)
FINALIST: Anywhere but Paradise—Anne Bustard (Egmont USA)
FINALIST: Teresa of the New World—Sharman Apt Russell (Yucca Publishing/Skyhouse Publishing)

Poetry

WINNER: Report to the Department of the Interior—Diane Glancy (University of New Mexico Press)
FINALIST: Skeena—Sarah de Leeuw (Caitlin Press)

View previous WILLA Literary Award Winners and Finalists here