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. For more information about Western Fictioneers (WF) please visit: http://www.westernfictioneers.com/ or http://westernfictioneers.blogspot.com/
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT PEACEMAKER recipient: Robert Vaughan
2013 BEST WESTERN NOVEL:
Unbroke Horses (Goldminds Publishing, LLC) by D.B. Jackson
2013 BEST WESTERN SHORT STORY:
“Adeline” (Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT — Goombah Gumbo Press) by Wayne Dundee
2013 BEST WESTERN FIRST NOVEL:
Wide Open (Berkley Publishing Group) by Larry Bjornson
It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as the WF Awards Chair for the last three years. It has always been my belief that the more awards there are to honor traditional Westerns, the better. Awards demonstrate the health of a genre, and encourages new writers to join in, thus preserving the genre for us all. It is my hope that these awards, and others in the genre, continue to grow and prosper. Westerns are truly the jazz of literature, the only genre American can claim as its own. Everyone who entered the WF Peacemaker Awards contributed to the entire Western genre, and should be proud of your efforts.
Congratulations to the winners and the finalists. Enjoy your day. And thank you judges, this year and the years past, for doing an outstanding job. The awards wouldn't be possible without you.
Larry D. Sweazy
June 01, 2013