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2019 WILLA LITERARY AWARD WINNERS AND
FINALISTS

2019 WILLA Winners
(left to right) 2019 WILLA Chair Carmen Peone; Scholarly Non-fiction Winner, Heather Mayer; Children's Fiction and Nonfiction Winner, Sanda Dalles; Poetry Winner, Linda Schandelmier; Historical Fiction Winner, Elizabeth Crook.

CONTEMPORARY FICTION

WINNER - The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson
HarperCollins-Harper Perennial

FINALIST - Girls from Centro by Juni Fisher
Pen-L Publishing

FINALIST - Burning Ridge: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima
Crooked Lane Books

HISTORICAL

WINNER - The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook
Little, Brown and Company

FINALIST - The Removes by Tatjana Soli
Sarah Crichton Books/FSG

FINALIST - The Patchwork Bride by Sandra Dallas
St. Martin’s Press

ORIGINAL SOFTCOVER (TRADE OR MASS MARKET)

WINNER - See Also Proof: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery by Larry D. Sweazy
Seventh Street Books

FINALIST - Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr: A Novel
by Thomas Fox Averill
University of New Mexico Press

FINALIST - The Swan Keeper by Milana Marsenich
Open Books

CREATIVE NONFICTION

WINNER - My Ranch, Too: A Wyoming Memoir by Mary Budd Flitner
University of Oklahoma Press

FINALIST - Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living by Karen Auvinen
Scribner / Simon & Schuster

FINALIST - Raw Material: Working Wool in the West by Stephany Wilkes
Oregon State University Press

SCHOLARLY NONFICTION

WINNER - Beyond the Rebel Girl: Women and the Industrial Workers of the World in the Pacific Northwest, 1905-1924  by Heather Mayer
Oregon State University Press

FINALIST - Life on Muskrat Creek: A Homestead Family in Wyoming  by Ethel Waxham Love and J. David Love
Lehigh University Press

CHILDREN’S FICTION AND NONFICTION

WINNER - Hardscrabble by Sandra Dallas
Sleeping Bear Press

FINALIST - The Wind Called My Name by Mary Louise Sanchez
Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books

FINALIST: - The Last Grand Adventure by Rebecca Behrens
Simon & Schuster / Aladdin

YOUNG ADULT FICTION AND NONFICTION

WINNER - The Communing Tree by Theresa Verboort
iUniverse

FINALIST - Becoming Beatrice by Frances Wood
Blue Heron Press

FINALIST - Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley
North Dakota State University Press

POETRY

WINNER - Coming Out of Nowhere: Alaska Homestead Poems by Linda Schandelmeier
University of Alaska Press

FINALIST - Flatlands by Ruth Williams
Black Lawrence Press

FINALIST - The Slow Art by Sierra Golden
Bear Star Press


2018 WILLA Literary Award Winners and Finalists

2018 WILLA Winners
WILLA Literary Award Winners:
(Left to right) WILLA Chair Linda Jacobs, Mary Lee Fulkerson, Candace Wellman,
Debra Whiting Alexander, Marcia Fine, and Patricia Bailey

WILLA Finalists 2018
WILLA Literary Award Finalists:
Amy Hale Aucker, Janet Oakley, Jane Kirkpatrick, Robin Gainey,
Julia Bricklin, WILLA Chair Linda Jacobs

2018 WILLA LITERARY AWARDS WERE PRESENTED AT THE 24TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
IN WALLA WALLA, WA OCTOBER 25-27, 2018

CONTEMPORARY FICTION

WINNER - Zetty by Debra Whiting Alexander
Luminare Press

FINALIST – Desplazado by Bev Magennis
Bosque Press

FINALIST – Burials by Mary Anna Evans
Poisoned Pen Press

 

HISTORICAL FICTION

WINNER - Stranded, A Story of Frontier Survival by Matthew P. Mayo
Five Star Publishing

FINALIST - Dry Run, Oklahoma by Lucinda Stein
Self-published

FINALIST - Mist-Chi-Mas: A Novel of Captivity by J. L. Oakley
Fairchance Press

 

ORIGINAL SOFTCOVER FICTION

WINNER - Hidden Ones, a Veil of Memories by Marcia Fine
Limage Press

FINALIST - Light of the Northern Dancers by Robin F. Gainey
Untreed Reads

FINALIST - All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick
Revell

 

CREATIVE NONFICTION

WINNER - Women Artists of the Great Basin by Mary Lee Fulkerson, photographs by Susan E. Mantle
University of Nevada Press

FINALIST - Ordinary Skin: Essays from Willow Springs by Amy Hale Auker
Texas Tech University Press

FINALIST - Rough Crossing: An Alaskan Fisherwoman’s Memoir by Rosemary McGuire
University of New Mexico Press

 

SCHOLARLY NONFICTION

WINNER – Peace Weavers, Uniting the Salish Coast Through Cross-Cultural Marriages by Candace Wellman
Washington State University Press

FINALIST – Dust Bowl Girls by Lydia Reeder
Algonquin Books

FINALIST – America’s Best Female Sharpshooter: The Rise and Fall of Lillian Frances Smith by Julia Bricklin
University of Oklahoma Press

 

POETRY

WINNER – Rock Tree Bird by Twyla M. Hansen
Backwaters Press

FINALIST – Indian Love Poems by Tenille K. Campbell
Signature Editions

FINALIST – Pondering by Sally Harper Bates
Self-published

 

CHILDREN’S/YOUNG ADULT FICTION & NONFICTION

WINNER - The Tragically True Adventures of Kit Donovan by Patricia Bailey
Albert Whitman and Company

FINALIST - Lily’s Mountain by Hannah Moderow
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

FINALIST - Bold Women in Montana History by Beth Judy
Mountain Press Publishing Company

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