Western Writers of America

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Western Writers of America, founded 1953, promotes literature, both fictional and non-fictional, pertaining to the American West. Although its founders wrote traditional western fiction, the more than six hundred current members also include historians and other non-fiction writers as well as authors from other genres.

WWA was founded by six authors, including D. B. Newton.[1]


The WWA presents the Spur Awards annually for distinguished writing in several categories and an annual Owen Wister Award for lifelong contributions to the field of western literature.


  1. ^ "Dwight Bennett Newton (1916–2013)". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. July 4, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2017.

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