Welcome to Western Fictioneers

An organization of professional authors of western novels and short stories.

Greetings and Salutations to all the Western Fictioneers.

I learned today that I’d been elected as your president by an overwhelming majority of the vote. Or possibly by only one vote.  But numbers don’t matter.  I am the president, and I’m honored to serve such a fine organization of writers.

We don’t see a lot of westerns on the paperback racks now.  (For that matter, we don’t even see paperback racks.)  Westerns on TV are hard to find, and western movies don’t come along very often.  It’s a shame, for sure, but the members of Western Fictioneers keep the flame burning.  A good many of you have not only continued to write high-quality western fiction but are actually making money at it, thanks to the eBook revolution.  We old dogs have learned new tricks, and westerns are selling well, no matter what the traditional publishers say.  Western Fictioneers keeps calling attention to the genre with the Peacemaker Awards, too, and I’m very proud to have won one of them.

I hope that in the next year, this group will continue to flourish and grow and that we’ll see westerns continue to sell and to rise in prominence.  If we all keep plugging, it can happen.

Western Fictioneers President  2016

Bill Crider

 Western Fictioneers (WF) is pleased to announce the NOMINEES for the sixth annual (2016) Peacemaker Awards.

The Lifetime Achievement Peacemaker will be presented to Robert J. Randisi.

6TH ANNUAL PEACEMAKERS

2016 PEACEMAKER JUDGING RESULTS

BEST FIRST NOVEL:

STRONG CONVICTIONS by GP Hutchinson (The Hutchinson Group, LLC)

Finalist:

DAKOTA TRAILS by Robert McKee (Pen-L Publishing)

PISTOL MAN by Daniel Cassidy (Whimsical Publications, LLC)

THE SKELETON WALKERS by Derek Burnett (Derek Burnett)


BEST NOVEL:

BONE DIGGER by Douglas Hirt (Five Star Publishing)

Finalist

A BRIDE FOR GILL by Dusty Richards (Galway Press)

LAST WILL by Ron Schwab (Poor Coyote Press)

LEGEND OF CALEB YORK by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (Kensington Books)

NIGHT OF THE COYOTE by Ron Schwab (Poor Coyote Press)

BEST WESTERN YA/CHILDREN FICTION:

RAWHIDE ROBINSON RIDES THE TABBY TRAIL by Rod Miller (Five Star Publishing)

Finalist

A RANGER TO STAND WITH by James J.Griffin (Painted Pony Books)

DOGBREAD AND DIAMONDS  by Richard Prosch (Painted Pony Books)

THE ORPHANAGE by Sara Barnard (Painted Pony Books)

REDBUDS AND BULLETS  by Richard Prosch (Painted Pony Books)


BEST SHORT FICTION:

LONGEST WAY HOME by Lorrie Farrelly (Prairie Rose Publications)

Finalist

THE BOX MAKER by Scott Parker (Quadrant Fiction Studio)

FIVE SHOTS LEFT by Ben Bridges (Bookends)

HIDDEN TRAILS by Cheryl Pierson (Sundown Press)

HIGH MEADOW STORM by Wayne Dundee (Bil-Em-Ri Media) 

Western Fictioneers would like to thank Awards Chair Robert Vardeman, and the judges for the excellent job they did, and the long hours they devoted to the task of endless reading.


Western Fictioneers (WF) was formed in 2010 by Robert J. Randisi, James Reasoner, Frank Roderus, and other professional Western writers, to preserve, honor, and promote traditional Western writing in the 21st century.  Entries were accepted in both print and electronic forms.  The Peacemaker Awards are given out annually.  Submissions for the Peacemaker Awards for books published in 2015 will be open in July, 2015. Submission guidelines will be posted on the WF web site. 

 
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