Finalists in each category are listed in alphabetical order by the author's last name.

Book title is followed by the author's name and publisher (in parenthesis).

2021 WRMA Finalists

WESTERN FICTION

Grasshoppers in Summer by Paul Colt (Tiree Press)

Dudes Rush In by Lynn Downey (Pronghorn Press)

The Odyssey of Geronimo by W. Michael Farmer (Five Star/Gale)

The Sons of Philo Gaines by Michael R. Ritt (Five Star/Gale)

Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves by Sidney Thompson (University of Nebraska Press)

WESTERN NON-FICTION

From San Francisco Eastward: Victorian Theater in the American West by Carolyn Grattan Eichin

(University of Nevada Press)

No Place for a Woman by Chris Enss (TwoDot)

Desert Dust by Paul W. Papa & R.J. “Gill” Gillilan 

(HPD Publishing)

Cult of Glory by Doug J. Swanson (Viking)

Ranching Women of Colorado: 17 Legendary Ladies

by Linda Wommack (Caxton Press)

WESTERN INSPIRATIONAL FICTION

The Damsel’s Intent by Mary Davis (Mountain Brook Ink)

Where No Man Pursueth by Micheal E. Jimerson (Atmosphere Press)

A Texas Moon by Laura Conner Kestner 

(Sycamore House Publishing)

Norske Fields by Anne Schroeder (Good Life Books)

That Dish at Gracie’s Café  by K. Lyn Wurth 

(True to Story Publishing)

WESTERN ROMANCE

Tangled Times by Irene Bennett Brown (Five Star)

On the Sunset Rim by Harlan Hague (Graycatbird Books)

An Impossible Price by Davalynn Spencer 

(Wilson Creek Publishing)

Hattie’s Family: Through the Eyes of a Dairymaid

by K.B. Taylor (Boot Top Books)

Buckskin Angel by Dorothy Wiley 

(Author Dorothy M. Wiley Publications)

WESTERN BIOGRAPHY

Butch Cassidy: The Wyoming Years by Bill Betenson 

(High Plains Press)

The Notorious Life of Ned Buntline by Julia Bricklin (TwoDot)

Empire: The Pioneer Legacy of an American Ranch Family

by Jefferson Glass (TwoDot)

A Texan’s Story: The Autobiography of Walter Prescott Webb Edited by Michael L Collins (University of Oklahoma Press)

Growing Up with the Wild Bunch: The Story of Pioneer Legend Josie Bassett by Linda Wommack (TwoDot)

WESTERN PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAYS

The World of Doc Holliday by Victoria Wilcox (TwoDot)

WESTERN SHORT STORIES

“North Star” by Sharon Frame Gay 

(from Saddlebag Dispatches - Oghma)

“Blood Epiphany” by Easy Jackson 

(from Under Western Stars - Western Fictioneers)

Dangerous Trails: Western Short Stories

by John D. Nesbitt (Sundown Press)

“Holy Sabbath Morning” by Darrel Sparkman

(from Hard Times - Oghma)

“Not So Long in the Tooth” by Anthony Wood 

(from Saddlebag Dispatches - Oghma)

COWBOY POETRY: WRITTEN

Second Wind by Patricia Frolander (High Plains Press)

Dust From Distant Trails: The Cowboy Poetry of Charles Williams by Charles Williams (Cowboy Cowbarn Publications)

WESTERN COOKBOOK

Cowboy Cuisine by Deanna Dickinson McCall & Gay Gardella (White Bird Publications)

MAVERICK

Secrets of the Gros Ventre by John Hansen

(Summit Creek Press)

Widow Maker by Quinn Kayser-Cochran (Western Edge Books)

Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick 

(Revell/Baker Publishing Group)

Mortal Music by Ann Parker (Poisoned Pen Press)

Quinlan & Jones by Vess Quinlan & Bill Jones 

(RANGE Magazine)

WESTERN HUMOR

First Herd to Abilene by Preston Lewis (Wolfpack Publishing)

North to Alaska by Preston Lewis (Wolfpack Publishing)

WESTERN FICTION - YOUNG READERS

The Knock Over by E.S. Jameson (Paper Trail Publishing)

On a Good Horse by Darby Karchut (Owl Hollow Press)

Dilly by Matthew P. Mayo (Five Star/Gale)

Cherokee Clay by Regina McLemore (Fife Press)

Lillian’s Legacy by Carmen Peone (Painted Hill Press)

WESTERN FICTION - YOUNG READERS/ILLUSTRATED

Bandit the Cow Dog 

Written by Phil Mills, Jr.; Illustrated by Jeanne Conway (Mascot Books)

EagleHorse  Written and illustrated by Ron Nordyke (Copper Pen)