Book Award

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).

2020 Book Award

CSAW is pleased to announce its call for submissions for the 2020 CSAW Award for Outstanding Western Book. This juried prize recognizes a book that demonstrates excellent scholarly or creative insight concerning the North American West (defined loosely as the continental region west of the 100th meridian) or some aspect of its history, culture, society, or environment.

Books from any discipline, genre, or publisher are eligible, as long as they are substantially engaged with the North American West.

The prize includes a monetary award of $1,000, along with a plaque. Prize winners will be encouraged to travel to CSAW to deliver a lecture based upon the award-winning book.

The deadline to submit a book for consideration has been extended to May 1,2020. Books with a publication year of 2019 are eligible for consideration.

Please send books for consideration to the following address:

PO Box 89
Canyon, TX 79015