Congratulations to the 2019 Thompson Awards for Western American Writing winners!

The Center of the American West hosted the 20th annual Thompson Awards reception on April 24th, 2019 on the CU Boulder campus.

At this event, Finn Murphy, author of The Long Haul:A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road, gave a humorous and clever keynote comparing the craft of writing to the work of being a long haul trucker. Winners and judges were honored, and the first prize winners in each category gave readings of their work.

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

Visit our WINNERS page to read this and previous years winning entries.

Pictured from left to right: Nodin de Saillan, Marithza Flores, Michael Warren Cook, Tessa Wetherbee, Breanne Pye & Robbie Herbst. Not pictured: Clayton Montgomery.