Other winners include: WAYNE DUNDEE for best first novel, Dismal River. Wayne won in the short story category last year, and is one of the fast-rising new stars in the western genre.
JAMES REASONER for Best Novel- Redemption, Kansas. If you could read the fine print on the cover, you'd find a blurb by me... and turns out I wasn't the only one who loved it.
JORY SHERMAN won the first Peacemaker for Lifetime Achievement... and I can think of no one more deserving. Jory's work is magnificent... and he is a top-notch human being. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer (for Grass Kingdom) and was on the Beat poet scene (you should hear his Bukowski stories. Or read 'em, in Bukowski and Me: The Beast and the Bastard.)
Here is a complete list of finalists:
Best Western Short Story:
***There were two ties in this category, which is why there are seven nominees instead of the required five.
Winner: “The Sin of Eli” by Troy D. Smith (The Traditional West anthology, WF)
“Planting Season” by Johnny D Boggs (Cactus Country Anthology, Volume I – High Hill Press)
“The Way of the West” by Larry J. Martin (The Traditional West anthology, WF)
“Blackwell’s Run” (Western Trail Blazer) by Troy D. Smith
“Panhandle Freight” by LJ Washburn (The Traditional West anthology, WF)
“The Death of Delgado” by Rod Miller (The Traditional West anthology, WF)
“Stay of Execution” by Lucia St. Clair Robson (Cactus Country Anthology, Volume I – High Hill Press)
WINNER: James Reasoner -- Redemption, Kansas Publisher: Berkley
The Sonora Noose by Jackson Lowry (Berkley)
Blood Trails by Lyle Brandt (Berkley)
The Assassination of Governor Boggs by Rod Miller (Bonneville Books)
Between Hell and Texas by Dusty Richards (Kensington Pinnacle imprint)
BEST WESTERN FIRST NOVEL:
WINNER: Wayne Dundee -- Dismal River Publisher: Oak Tree Press
Unbridled by Tammy Hinton (Roots and Branches Publishing)
The Black Hills by Rod Thompson (Berkley)
Bullets And Bad Bad Men by B.A. Kelly (Oak Tree Press)
The Guerrilla Man by Steven Clark (Solstice Publishing)