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Doris Baker, WILLA Chair/WWW Past President
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2017
Women Writing the West Announces
2017 WILLA Literary Award Winners and Finalists
(Denver, Colorado) – Women Writing the West (WWW) is proud to announce the 2017 WILLA Literary Award Winners and Finalists, representing the best of 2016 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 in Tucson, Arizona, October 26-28, 2017, during the 23rd Annual Conference.
The 2017 honorees in seven categories are listed with the designation of Winner or Finalist in each category.
WINNER: Piano Tide by Kathleen Dean Moore (Counterpoint Press)
FINALIST: The Burning Hour by Jessica Barksdale Inclan (Urban Farmhouse Press)
FINALIST: Hidden Star Corinne Joy Brown (Friesen Press)
WINNER: Basque Moon by Julie Weston (Five Star Publishing)
FINALIST: Eliza Waite by Ashley Sweeney (She Writes Press)
FINALIST: Maggie’s Blanket by Kimberly D. Schmidt (University of New Mexico Press)
FINALIST: Mercer Girls by Libbie Hawker (Lake Union Publishing)
ORIGINAL SOFTCOVER FICTION (TRADE OR MASS MARKET)
WINNER: Beloved Over All by Irene Sandell (Double Mountain Press)
FINALIST: The Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick (Revell/Baker Publishing Group)
FINALIST: The Canyon House by Janice Gilbertson (Pen-L Publishing)
WINNER: Fast into the Night by Debbie Moderow (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
FINALIST: Seasons Silently Waiting by Eileen Mayer Thiel (self-published)
FINALIST: Wilderness Fever by Linda Preston McKinstry (High Plains Press)
WINNER: Soap Suds Row by Jennifer J. Lawrence (High Plains Press)
FINALIST: Queen of the Heartbreak Trail by Eleanor Phillips Brackbill (Rowan & Littlefield)
FINALIST: Finding Dorothy Scott by Sarah Byrn Rickman (Texas Tech University Press)
WINNER: Demimonde by Kierstin Bridger (Lithic Press)
FINALIST: Quiet, Except for the Wind by Carolyn Dufurrena (Quinn River Press)
FINALIST: Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe (Coteau Books)
CHILDREN’S/YOUNG ADULT FICTION AND NONFICTION
WINNER: Soldier Sister, Fly Home by Nancy Bo Flood (Charlesbridge Publishing)
FINALIST Turn of the Tide by Rosanne Parry (Random House Children’s Books)
FINALIST: Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House)
Books published in 2017 will be honored in the 2018 WILLA Literary Awards. The entry period opens December 1, 2017. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2018.
WWW is a non-profit organization of writers and other literature-oriented professionals, writing and promoting the Women’s West. Membership is open to all persons worldwide.
For more information about the WILLA Awards, Women Writing the West, or the 23rd Annual Conference, please contact Alice Trego, WWW Administrator, P.O. Box 726, Jordan, UT 84084 (www2Trego@gmail.com) or visit our website at WomenWrtitingtheWest.org.
Women Writing the West is a Colorado non-profit corporation and is tax exempt pursuant to IRC 501 (c)3). Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. (Federal ID# 84-1207060). Women Writing the West is registered as a charitable organization by the Colorado Secretary of State. (Approved Charitable Solicitations Filing #: 20153037447)