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Submissions for the 2024 WRMA contest are now CLOSED.

We will be open for submissions to the 2025 contest on November 1, 2024.

Please complete this form, following submission guidelines found below.


Judging Criteria 

The Will Rogers Medallion Award recognizes excellence in Western literature and media. The quality of each entry is judged based on content and artistic presentation. All works must represent an accurate reflection of Western Americana, or cowboy and ranch life, historical or contemporary. Historical accuracy is crucial where applicable. Books must have been published during the year prior (must have a copyright date of 2023 to be eligible for submission to the 2024 awards) to that of the award ceremony. We cannot accept later editions or reprints of a book published prior to the previous year. Works must remain consistent with the values and language embodied in the works of award namesake, Will Rogers; in other words, innuendo is fine but neither graphic sex scenes nor graphic language is in our code. Books are judged on their literary quality as well as cover and interior art. All books must have an ISBN. Self-published works are accepted. The top three winners in each category will be announced in June, with final rankings revealed at our banquet/ceremony in October.



______ Cowboy Poetry - Recorded/CD 

______ Cowboy Poetry - Written (books only; we do not have a category for individual poems)

______ Western Poetry - Recorded/CD

______ Western Poetry - Written (books only; we do not have a category for individual poems)

______ Western Fiction - Traditional (Pre-1900)

______ Western Fiction - Modern (Post-1900)

______ Western Mystery

______ Western Fiction Short Stories (an individual fiction short story published in a magazine or as a single

           short story included in a collection of short stories)

______ Western Non-Fiction

______ Western Biography & Memoir

______ Western Fiction - Young Readers

______ Western Fiction – Young Readers - Illustrated

______ Inspirational Western Fiction

______ Western Non-Fiction - Young Readers

______ Western Non-Fiction - Young Readers Illustrated

______ Western Photographic Essays

______ Western Cookbooks

______ Western Graphic Novels/Illustrations, Visual Humor & Iconic Images

______ Western Humor - Written

______ Western Fiction Romance

______ Western Film - Drama & Documentary: Please complete the separate form found here: Film Entry Form)

______ Western Short Non-fiction (article/essay on the American West appearing in a printed publication

           and having a word count between 1,000-5,000 words; the work must be submitted in its original form -

           for example, submit the entire magazine or newsletter, not a xeroxed copy. If the article was only

           published through a digital online magazine, a printed copy may be submitted.)


Author/Publisher Information:


Book (or CD) Title____________________________________________________________

Publication Date_____________________________________________________

Author Name________________________________________________________

Author Email_________________________________________________________

Author Phone________________________________________________________

Author Address______________________________________________________


Publisher Contact____________________________________________________

Publisher Email______________________________________________________

Publisher Phone_____________________________________________________

Publisher Address____________________________________________________

Email address of your local paper or media outlet for news release:




Submission Guidelines:

Books that are eBook originals or short non-fiction articles only published digitally must be submitted as a printed copy. No electronic copies will be accepted in any format. *Please note: once your submission is received, entry fees are non-refundable and books will not be returned. Please ensure that your entry meets our publication date and other guidelines, and that you have submitted your book to the proper category before mailing your books and entry form.

Submit four (4) copies of the published work, a completed contest entry form, along with a $45 entry fee (checks payable to Will Rogers Medallion Award):


Laurie Cockerell-Submissions

5313 Santa Marie Ave.

Fort Worth, Tx  76114


Traditional Fiction

Modern Fiction

Western Non-Fiction

Western Cookbooks

Fiction - Young Readers

Fiction/Young Readers/Illustrated

Non-Fiction/Young Readers

Non-Fiction/Young Readers/Illustrated

Western Poetry/Written

Western Poetry/Recorded

Cowboy Poetry/Written

Cowboy Poetry/Recorded

Chris Enss-Submissions

14583 Silver Pick Court
Grass Valley, California  95945

Western Mystery

Western Biography/Memoir

Western Photographic Essays

Western Graphic Novels

Western Short Non-Fiction

Western Film - Drama

Western Film - Documentary

Western Humor

Western Inspirational

Western Romance

Western Fiction Short Stories

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