Jean Jones presenting award
It did. My YA “Beyond the Smoke” just won the 2009 Will Rogers Medallion for best youth western. The award was presented at the National Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock September 12th.
Charles Williams, EVP of the Academy of Western Artists said: “It is with a great deal of pleasure that I recognize your book,”Beyond The Smoke”, as a 2009 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winner. The Will Rogers Medallion Award is presented each year to those books that represent an Outstanding Achievement in the Publishing of Western Literature. Your book exemplifies the combination of excellent content, high production values and honoring of the Cowboy Heritage that the award was created to acknowledge.
“As you know, Will Rogers was a respected writer as well as cowboy entertainer. We hope and believe that the Will Rogers Medallion Award will help to expand the heritage of literature which honors the traditions andvalues of the American Cowboy, which Will did so much to embody and demonstrate. The Medallion Award was created initially to encourage the continued upgrading of the quality of published books of Cowboy Poetry. This year, other categories have been added to honor a wide range of Western Literature, including Western Fiction – Young Adult .
My Publisher, the JourneyForth imprint of BJU Press also received an award plaque for the book. Editor Nancy Lohr said, “Congratulations on receiving this honor, authors like you are few and far between. So light the campfire and cobble up s’mores, time to celebrate. We will be pleased to also nominate this book for the Spur Awards given by the Western Writers of American as well.”