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!”


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.