Welcome to Western Fictioneers

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

Western Fictioneers is a professional writing group that encourages and promotes the traditional western. We, as writers, envision our own ideas of how to tell our western stories and bring them to life in any number of ways: from screenplays to short stories; from novels to poetry; and now, even in the shared western universe of post-Civil War Wolf Creek, Kansas.

We look to expand our realm of western story-weaving to new readers by roping in the younger readers, the disillusioned readers, and the unsuspecting readers. Original fans of the western genre will be at ease to know their favorite standard authors, as well as some newcomers to the playing field, stand ready to deliver the very best of exciting western reading adventure available.

It is my pleasure to be able to continue the proud goals and objectives that were set in motion under our two previous presidents, Frank Roderus and Troy D. Smith.

It is said that John Wayne made the statement, “The western will never die.” I agree wholeheartedly—but not just when we’re talking movies!  Westerns have grown and evolved, yet the basic elements remain constant. It is our hope that you will enjoy many hours of reading entertainment in the stories told by the members of our group, for as long as the Western Fictioneers are here to tell their tales and readers enjoy them, the West is truly here to stay!

Cheryl Pierson
Western Fictioneers President  2014

2014 Peacemaker Award Winners

Western Fictioneers is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Peacemaker Awards for excellence in Western fiction.

Best Western Novel: THE HARDEST RIDE, Gordon Rottman (Taliesin Publishing)

Best First Western Novel: MUNDY'S LAW, Monty McCord (Five Star Publishing)

Best Independently Publishing Western Novel: SONGBIRD, Bill Crider writing as Colby Jackson (Rancho Diablo)

Best Western Short Fiction: "Charlie's Pie", Livia J. Washburn, WISHING FOR A COWBOY (Prairie Rose Publications)

 Lifetime Achievement Award

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award goes to best-selling author Frank Roderus. In addition to his many critically acclaimed novels, Frank was also the first president of Western Fictioneers and helped mold the organization into what it is today.

4TH ANNUAL PEACEMAKER AWARD NOMINATIONS 

BEST WESTERN NOVEL

THE OLD WOLVES, Peter Brandvold
MUNDY'S LAW, Monty McCord
THE AVENGING ANGEL, Michael Newton
THE HARDEST RIDE, Gordon Rottman
LEAVING YUMA, Michael Zimmer

BEST FIRST WESTERN NOVEL

SHOTGUN, C. Courtney Joyner
DEAD MAN'S LAMENT, Linell Jeppsen
DEADWOOD DEAD MEN, Bill Markley
MUNDY'S LAW, Monty McCord
THE HARDEST RIDE, Gordon Rottman
BEST INDEPENDENTLY PUBLISHED WESTERN NOVEL

SONGBIRD, Bill Crider writing as Colby Jackson
WEST FROM YESTERDAY, Randolph Carter Harrison
RETRIBUTION, Tammy Hinton
WEST: JOURNEY ACROSS THE PLAINS, David S. Larson
PASSING THROUGH KANSAS, Kenneth Newton

BEST SHORT FICTION

"Doc Holliday Redux", Matt Braun (in WESTERN LORE)
"Cabin Fever", Brett Cogburn (in CACTUS COUNTRY, VOL. III)
"It Takes a Man", Cheryl Pierson (in WOLF CREEK: HELL ON THE PRAIRIE)
"The Last Free Trapper", Jory Sherman (in A WOLF CREEK CHRISTMAS)
"Charlie's Pie", Livia J. Washburn (in WISHING FOR A COWBOY)

 

Congratulations to all the finalists! 


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 2013 will be open in July, 2013. Submission guidelines will be posted on the WF web site. 

Western Fictioneers would like to thank Larry D. Sweazy for being Awards Chair for the first three years and for the excellent job he has done.

 
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