Past Award Recipients

Any years that are skipped in the award lists are years that an award wasn't given, usually because no nominations were received.

Arizola Magnenat Award (est. 1983)

Given to a person, business, or other entity that has encouraged writers in the past year.
  • 2022 - Margaret Smith

  • 2021 – no nomination

  • 2020 – Eugene Gagliano

  • 2019 – Wyoming Public Radio

  • 2018 – Prairie Pens Writing Group

  • 2017 – Lori Howe

  • 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 (est. 1974)

Given to a WWI member who has made oustanding contributions to the organization. 
  • 2022 - No Nomination

  • 2021 – Judy Matheny

  • 2020 – Cindy Jackelen

  • 2019 – Echo Klaproth

  • 2018 – (tie) Carol Deering, Chris Williams

  • 2017 – Tom Spence

  • 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 (est. 1997)

Given to authors who experienced their first major publication in the past year.
  • 2022 - Melissa Cook

  • 2021 – Paul Phillips

  • 2020 – Marsha Mittman

  • 2019 – Diane Nighswonger and Cathy Ringler

  • 2018 – Corinna German

  • 2017 – Debbie Day

  • 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 (est. 1997)

Given to authors who have hit a major milestone in their career.
  • 2022 - Tom Spence

  • 2021 – Macye Lavinder Maher

  • 2020 – Anne Marie Wells

  • 2019 – Nick Trandahl

  • 2018 – Julianne Couch

  • 2017 – Gayle Mansfield Irwin

  • 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





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