Regardless of whether you call the West your home or you are just passing through, as a student at CU Boulder you live, breathe, eat, drink, and sleep the West.

Here is an opportunity to transform your unique perspective on this region into cash simply by putting it to paper. And you can do so in whichever genre suits your creative impulse: poetry, memoir, fiction, academic nonfiction, or creative nonfiction. You can even enter work in all of the categories. So search your hard drive for poems, stories, and papers you have written on Western-related topics — or write something new — and enter the Thompson Awards for Western American Writing Contest. With no entry fees, there is nothing to lose. So go ahead – “Write West!”

What is Western Writing?

It’s writing about the West. And what is that? In many ways, that’s for you to decide. It could be the spiny ridge of the continental divide; or a random rodeo you stumbled upon on a road trip; or the road trip itself; or branding time on the ranch; or your experience growing up in a border town; or the skinning of a deer; or environmental conservation; immigration; or public lands management.

Open to CU Boulder students only.

 


Congratulations to the 2021 Thompson Awards for Western American Writing – And Video winners!

 Cayden Stice, Eileen Roscina, Jessica Jane Voveris, Luke J. Eberwein, Clayton Montgomery, Vanessa Gabel, Annika Elizabeth Rollock, Lisa Muschinski, and Caroline Eleanor Wiygul.

Pictured from left to right: Cayden Stice, Eileen Roscina, Jessica Jane Voveris, Luke J. Eberwein, Clayton Montgomery, Vanessa Gabel, Annika Elizabeth Rollock, Lisa Muschinski, and Caroline Eleanor Wiygul.

The Center of the American West hosted a Zoom event to celebrate the 22nd annual Thompson Awards on April 28th, 2021.

In this intimate early evening gathering, judges from each category introduced both the winners and the honorable mentions. The ‘audience’ then listened to the authors read excerpts and show video clips from their winning entries. The creators’ intellect, talent, and passion were on full display.

Thank you to Jack and Jeannie Thompson for making this contest possible, and to our fantastic volunteer judges.

Visit our WINNERS page to read this and previous year’s winning entries.