The Roundup



official Organ for WWA (Western Writers of America) members







The first issue (vol. 1 #1) appeared in April 1953, (Sample issue shown is the August 1970 issue)


Western Writers of America, Inc., was founded in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West and bestow Spur  Awards for distinguished writing in the western field. The founders were largely authors who wrote traditional western  fiction.


Today it has over 500 members who write everything from mainstream fiction to local history. Its annual convention  occurs during the last week of June in a western city. At that time, members, guests, editors, and agents gather together to  renew friendships, do business, attend panels, go on field trips, and conduct the organization's business. Each convention  concludes with the Spur Awards banquet, the moment when the WWA honors those who win the coveted awards.


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Scan and Commentary by Tom Daniels