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The Spur Awards, given to the best in "western" fiction, were established in 1953 by the Western Writers of America, and have been presented annually ever since. When originally established, the awards were presented for the Best Western Novel, Best Historical Novel, Best Juvenile and Best Short Story. Over the years, the awards have been modified and expanded to include several other types of writing about the west. The modern Spur Awards are presented for Best Western Novel [short novel], Best Novel of the West [long novel], Best Original Paperback Novel, and several other categories which are not included on the list below (including screenplays, short fiction, poetry, non-fiction and westerns for youth). For a complete history of the Spur Awards and a listing of the winners in all of the categories, visit the official History of the Spur Awards web site, hosted by the Western Writers of America. Book titles "hotlinked" in the list below are owned by the Lincoln City Libraries, and the link will take you to the holdings screen in our catalog, where you can check on the current availability of that title. Notes: In 1997, the WWA adjusted the Spur Awards to begin reflecting the year the awards were presented, rather than the year the books were published. This resulted in the appearance of no awards being presented in 1997. In 2007, the categories were noticeably adjusted - "Novel of the West" was eliminated; "Best Western Novel" was broken into Long and Short categories; and other changes occured.

2012
Western Novel [Long] Stephen Harrigan Remember Ben Clayton
Western Novel [Short] Johnny D. Boggs Legacy of a Lawman
Paperback Original Johnny D. Boggs West Texas Kill
2011
Western Novel [Long] Lucia St. Clair Robson Last Train From Cuernavaca
Western Novel [Short] Richard S. Wheeler Snowbound
Paperback Original Max McCoy Damnation Road
2010
Western Novel [Long] Robert Flynn Echoes of Glory
Western Novel [Short] Robert Olmstead Far Bright Star
Paperback Original John D. Nesbitt Stranger in Thunder Basic
2009
Western Novel [Long] Thomas Cobb Shavetail
Western Novel [Short] Craig Johnson Another Man's Moccasins
Paperback Original John D. Nesbitt Trouble at the Redstone
2008
Western Novel [Long] Aryn Kyle The God of Animals
Western Novel [Short] Sandra Dallas Tallgrass
Paperback Original Max McCoy Hellfire Canyon
2007
Western Novel [Long] Elizabeth Crook The Night Journal
Western Novel [Short] Tony Hillerman The Shape Shifter
Paperback Original Dusty Richards The Horse Creek Incident
2006
Western Novel [tie] Johnny D. Boggs Camp Ford
Western Novel [tie] Loren D. Estleman The Undertaker's Wife
Novel of the West Willard Wyman High Country
Paperback Original Matt Braun Dakota
2005
Western Novel Rick Steber Buy the Chief a Cadillac
Novel of the West Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear People of the Raven
Paperback Original Richard S. Wheeler Vengeance Valley
2004
Western Novel Brian Hall I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company
Novel of the West Win Blevins So Wild a Dream
Paperback Original Barbara Wright Plain Language
2003
Western Novel Sandra Dallas The Chili Queen
Novel of the West Debra Magpie Earling Perma Red
Paperback Original David Marion Wilkinson Oblivion's Altar: A Novel of Courage
2002
Western Novel Elmer Kelton The Way of the Coyote
Novel of the West Brady Udall The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint
Paperback Original Richard S. Wheeler Drum's Ring
2001
Western Novel Mike Blakely Summer of Pearls
Novel of the West Stephen Harrigan The Gates of the Alamo
Paperback Original Troy D. Smith Bound for the Promise-Land
2000
Western Novel Richard S. Wheeler Masterson
Novel of the West Ellen Recknor Prophet Annie
Paperback Original Jim Davidson Mine Work
1999
Western Novel Loren D. Estleman Journey of the Dead
Novel of the West Jane Smiley The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton
Paperback Original Hiram King Dark Trail
1998
Western Novel Cynthia Haselhoff The Kiowa Verdict
Novel of the West Larry McMurtry Comanche Moon
Paperback Original Ellen Recknor Leaving Missouri
1996
Western Novel Preston Lewis
writing as Will Camp
The Blood of Texas
Novel of the West Richard S. Wheeler Sierra
Paperback Original Frank Roderus Potter's Fields
1995
Western Novel Robert J. Conley The Dark Island
Novel of the West Win Blevins Stone Song: A Novel of the Life of Crazy Horse
Paperback Original Jim R. Woolard Thunder in the Valley
1994
Western Novel Tom Eidson St. Agnes' Stand
Novel of the West Elmer Kelton The Far Canyon
Paperback Original K.C. McKenna Survival
1993
Western Novel Charles Hackenberry Friends
Novel of the West Jeff Long Empire of Bones
Paperback Original Gary McCarthy The Gila River
1992
Western Novel Robert J. Conley Nickajack
Novel of the West Elmer Kelton Slaughter
Paperback Original T.V. Olsen The Golden Chance
1991
Western Novel Richard Matheson Journal of the Gun Years
Novel of the West Jory Sherman The Medicine Horn
Paperback Original Norman Zollinger Rage in Chupadera
1990
Western Novel Gary Svee Sanctuary
Novel of the West Jeanne Williams Home Mountain
Paperback Original Don Coldsmith The Changing Wind
1989
Western Novel Richard Wheeler Fool's Coach
Novel of the West James Alexander Thom Panther in the Sky
Paperback Original C. Clifton Wisler Among the Eagles
1988
Western Novel Judy Alter Mattie
Novel of the West Glendon Swarthout The Homesman
1987
Western Novel Tony Hillerman Skinwalkers
Historical Novel Robert Flynn Wanderer Springs
1986
Western Novel Ralph Robert Beer The Blind Corral
Historical Novel Douglas C. Jones Roman
1985
Western Novel Larry McMurtry Lonesome Dove
Historical Novel John Byrne Cook The Snowblind Moon
1984
Historical Novel Douglas C. Jones Gone the Dreams and Dancing
1983
Novel Frank Roderus Leaving Kansas
Historical Novel Bryan Woolley Sam Bass
1982
Novel Fred Grove Match Race
Historical Novel Lucia St. Clair Robson Ride the Wind
1981
Novel Elmer Kelton Eyes of the Hawk [tie]
  Lee Head Horizon [tie]
Historical Novel Loren D. Estleman Aces and Eights
1980
Novel Jeanne Williams The Valiant Women
1979
Novel William Decker The Holdouts
1978
Novel Norman Zollinger Riders to Cibola
1977
Novel Fred Grove The Great Horse Race
Historical Novel Terrance Kilpatrick Swimming Man Burning
1976
Novel Lou Cameron The Spirit Horses [tie]
  Douglas C. Jones The Courtmartial of George Armstrong Custer [tie]
Historical Novel Matt Braun The Kincaids
1975
Novel Glendon Swarthout The Shootist
1974
Novel Stephen Overholser A Hanging in Sweetwater
1973
Novel Elmer Kelton The Time it Never Rained
1972
Novel Lewis B. Pattern A Killing in Kiowa
Historical Novel Will Henry Chiricahua
1971
Novel Elmer Kelton The Day the Cowboys Quit
1970
Novel Clifton Adams The Last Days of Wolf Garnett
1969
Novel Clifton Adams Tragg's Choice
Historical Novel Benjamin Capps The White Man's Road
1968
Novel Louis L'Amour Down the Long Hills
Historical Novel Lewis Patten The Red Sabbath
1967
Novel Lee Hoffman The Valdez Horses
Historical Novel Chad Oliver The Wolf is My Brother
1966
Novel Herbert R. Purdom My Brother John
Historical Novel Garland Roark/Charles Thomas Hellfire Jackson
1965
Novel Benjamin Capps Sam Chance
Historical Novel Todhunter Ballard Gold in California
  Vardis Fisher Mountain Man
1964
Novel Benjamin Capps The Trail to Ogallala
Historical Novel F.F. Halloran Indian Fighter
1963
Novel Leigh Brackett Follow the Free Wind
Historical Novel Will Henry Gates of the Mountains
1962
Novel Fred Grove Comanche Captives
Historical Novel Don Berry Moon Trap
1961
Novel Giles Lutz The Honyocker
Historical Novel William Wister Haines The Winter War
1960
Novel Will C. Brown The Nameless Breed
Historical Novel Will Henry From Where the Sun Now Stands
1959
Novel Nelson Nye Long Run
Historical Novel John Prebble The Buffalo Soldiers
1958
Novel Noel Loomis Shortcut to Red River
Historical Novel Amelia Bean The Fancher Train
1957
Novel Elmer Kelton Buffalo Wagons (library owns as a Book-on-CD)
Historical Novel Dan Cushman Silver Mountain
1956
Novel Leslie Ernenwein High Gun
Historical Novel John Clinton Hunt Generations of Men
1955
Novel L.P. Holmes Somewhere They Die
1954
Novel Wayne D. Overholser The Violent Land
Historical Novel John Prescott Journey By the River
1953
Novel Lee Leighton Law Man
Historical Novel Lucia Moore The Wheel and the Hearth

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