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Book Award

2020 Book Award

Congratulations to the recipient of CSAW’s second annual Award for Outstanding Western Book: Josh Garrett-Davis’s What is a Western?: Region, Genre, Imagination (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019). On March 4, 2021, CSAW will host a virtual award reception and lecture with Dr. Garrett-Davis, 7 p.m. via Zoom (register for Spring 2021 CSAW events here). Signed copies will be available for purchase.

The book comprises a probing series of essays that explores representations of the American West in popular culture, from Hollywood to Japan, from Native America to Dr. Seuss, and beyond. Drawing on a collection of items from the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, Garrett-Davis provides a lively, readable and oftentimes humorous take on the western as a genre. View the full news release HERE.

The runner-up for the award is Douglas Sheflin’s Legacies of Dust: Land Use and Labor on the Colorado Plains (University of Nebraska Press, 2019).

Previous Winners:

2109: James E Sherow, The Chisholm Trail: Joseph McCoy’s Great Gamble (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018)


2021 Book Award

CSAW is pleased to announce its call for submissions for the 2021 CSAW Award for Outstanding Western Book. This juried prize recognizes a book that demonstrates excellent scholarly or creative insight concerning the American West or some aspect of its history, culture, society, or environment. Of particular interest are books that are geographically relevant to the Southern Plains region and/or the concerns of a Southern Plains regional readership; that balance scholarly/creative excellence with accessible style or popular appeal; and, books that are in keeping with CSAW’s general mission in that they balance a localized focus with global perspective and significance.  

The prize includes a monetary award of $500, along with a plaque. Prize winners will be encouraged to travel to WT to deliver a lecture based upon the award-winning book. 

The deadline to submit a book for consideration is March 1, 2021. Books with a publication year of 2020 are eligible for consideration. Books from any discipline, genre, or publisher are eligible. Books may only be nominated by the publisher or the author of the work.

Please submit titles for nomination at this form. Finalists will be required to provide 5 copies of the book for the award committee. 


Past Awards

2019 Book Award

Congratulations to the recipient of CSAW’s first annual Award for Outstanding Western Book: James E. Sherow’s The Chisolm Trail: Joseph McCoy’s Great Gamble (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018). On March 5, CSAW will host an award reception and lecture with Dr. Sherow, 7 p.m. at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (Hazlewood Room).

The book focuses on the McCoy brothers of Springfield, Illinois, and how they bet their fortunes on Abilene, Kansas, as the waystation for thousands of Texas longhorns coming up the Chisholm Trail; a bet that paid off, transforming the cattle trade, along with the American landscape.

View the full press release HERE.

The runner-up for the award is Monica Muñoz-Martinez’s The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas (Harvard University Press, 2018).