2017 Awards Call for Nominations

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By Judy Matheny, Awards Chairperson

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Nominations are now open for the four major awards of WW, Inc, and will be accepted through April 30, 2017.  All nominations must come from current WW, Inc. members.

Nominate someone you know to recognize and honor contribution and service:

  • If you know a current WW, Inc. member who has provided outstanding service to WW, Inc, consider nominating them for the Emmie Mygatt Award. This award, to honor the memory of one of WW, Inc. founders, requires a nomination letter explaining why the nominee deserves the award.  Note: Past recipients and the outgoing president of WW, Inc. are ineligible for this award.
  • If you know an adult, organization, business, or other entity that has provided special encouragement and motivation to writers, consider nominating them for the Arizola Magnenat Award. This nominee need not be a WW, Inc. member.  This award also requires a nomination letter explaining why the nominee deserves the award.  

Nominate yourself to recognize and honor individual achievement:

  • If you are a current WW, Inc member who has published a first major work between May 2016 and May 2017, consider nominating yourself for The Western Horizon Award. Multiple winners may be honored with this award.  This award requires a nomination letter setting forth: If a book, include the title, ISBN (required), publisher and publication date; If a first article, story, essay, and/or poem in a major publication, include the title of the work, the name of the periodical and the date of publication.  The periodical must be national or literary and have a subscriber base.
  • If you are a current WW, Inc member, and published writer, able to demonstrate ongoing achievements of personal significance in your writing career, consider nominating yourself for The Milestone Award. Like the Western Horizon Award, multiple winners may be honored with this award.  Submissions should succinctly express the breadth and depth of your writing career and include an explanation of what specific events took place that launched the milestone.  

Submit your nominations via email to Awards Chairman Judy Matheny at: awards@wyowriters.org or via snail mail to Mike Carlson, 7914 Surrey Road, Cheyenne, WY 82009.  Nominations by mail must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2017.  Any questions, please call Judy at 303-842-5855.


Awards will be presented at the 43rd Annual WW, Inc Conference, Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Gillette, WY.


Past Award Winners

Where year is skipped, no award was given that year. Past winners are ineligible for the Emmie Mygatt, Arizola Magnenat and Western Horizon Awards

Arizola Magnenat Award

  • 2016 – David and Jackie Stewart/Occidental Hotel, Buffalo, WY
  • 2015 – Echo Klaproth
  • 2014 – Vicki Burger, Wind City Books
  • 2013 – Patrick and Leah Stover
  • 2011 – Joe Megeath
  • 2009 – Don Olson
  • 2008 – Joan Bennett
  • 2006 – Barbara Smith
  • 2005 – Kevin Anderson
  • 2004 – Endeavor Books
  • 2003 – Chuck Ballou
  • 2002 – Gaydell Collier
  • 2001 – Kris Wendtland
  • 2000 – Lee Ann Siebken
  • 1999 – John Nesbitt
  • 1996 – Ginny Odenbach
  • 1995 – Gaydell Collier
  • 1994 – Barb Ketchum
  • 1993 – Charles Popovich
  • 1990 – Kathy & Mike Gear
  • 1989 – Midge Farmer
  • 1987 – Nancy Curtis
  • 1986 – Carol Wrightson
  • 1985 – Terrill Foster
  • 1984 – Charles Levendosky

Emmie Mygatt Award

  • 2015 – Brigida “Brie” Blasi
  • 2014 – Patricia Frolander
  • 2013 – Katie Smith
  • 2012 – Aaron Holst
  • 2011 – Jeanne Rogers
  • 2010 – Ester Johansson-Murray
  • 2008 – Myra Mumma
  • 2007 – Megan Johnson
  • 2006 -Bonnie Sargent
  • 2005 – Andi Hummel
  • 2004 – Ella Marie Hayes
  • 2003 – Susan Vittitow Mark
  • 2002 – A. Rose Hill
  • 2001 – Virginia Wakefield
  • 2000 – John Nesbitt
  • 1999 – Kathy & Mike Gear
  • 1996 – Candy Moulton
  • 1995 – Betty Starks Case
  • 1993 – Robert Babcock
  • 1990 – Nancy Ruskowsky
  • 1986 – Sheridan Range Writers
  • 1985 – Carol Miller
  • 1984 – Lee Ann Siebken
  • 1983 – Charlotte Babcock
  • 1982 – Arizola Magnenat
  • 1981 – Nancy Curtis, Lavinia Dobler
  • 1980 – Peggy Simson Curry
  • 1979 – Opal Bohnsack
  • 1978 – Midge Swartz Farmer
  • 1977 – Barbara Ketcham
  • 1976 – Roberta Cheney
  • 1975 – Peggy Simson Curry & Vandi Moore
  • 1974 – Emmie Mygatt

Western Horizon Award

  • 2016 -Fred Savage, David Potter, Patricia Stuart
  • 2014 – Art Elser, Coty Justus, Darcy Lipp-Acord, Barbara Townsend
  • 2013 – Lea Schoenewald
  • 2012 – Devin Hodgins, Christine Alethea Williams
  • 2010 – C J Clark
  • 2009 – Russ Forney, Mackie d’Arge, Marcia Hensley, Nancy Ruskowsky, Christine Valentine
  • 2008 – Pat Blair, Julianne Couch, Barbara Graham, Gayle Irwin, June Willson Read, Jeanne Rogers, Abbie Taylor
  • 2007 – Renee Carrier
  • 2006 – Mike Shay
  • 2005 – Penny Zeller, Susan Vittitow Mark
  • 2004 – Tom Groneberg, Jim James
  • 2003 – Eugene Gagliano, Kathy Galloway, Lynn Hendrickson, Diane Metz, Kayne Pyatt
  • 2002 – Annette Chaudet, Becky Hein
  • 2001 – Fred Savage, Wade Stevenson
  • 2000 – Virginia Wakefield
  • 1999 – Bob Cherry, Bonnie Sargent
  • 1998 – Phyllis Dugan, Daniel L. Kinnaman
  • 1997 – Page Lambert

Milestone Award

  • 2016 – Lynn G. Carlson, Susan Vittitow Mark
  • 2015 – Shelagh Wulff Wisdom
  • 2014 – Gayle Mansfield Irwin
  • 2013 – Gayle Mansfield Irwin
  • 2012 – Gayle Mansfield Irwin
  • 2009 – Linda Vernon, John Nesbitt
  • 2007 – Christine Valentine
  • 2005 – Myra Peak
  • 2003 – Midge Farmer
  • 2002 – Betty Starks Case
  • 2000 – Lori Van Pelt
  • 1999 – Tuda Libby Crews, Tom Glasco, Frances E. Hanson
  • 1998 – Ralph Galeano, W. Dale Nelson
  • 1997 – Kathy & Mike Gear, Gaydell Collier