December 9, 2016
Joyce Gibson Roach, author of the Texas Tech University Press book “The Land of Rain Shadow: Horned Toad, Texas,” received first place in the Western Fiction-Short Stories category at the 13th annual Will Rogers Medallion Award Banquet on Oct. 26 in Fort Worth.
Two other Texas Tech University Press books were finalists in their respective categories: “Finding the Great Western Trail” by Sylvia Gann Mahoney in Western Nonfiction and “Texas is Chili Country” by Judy Alter in Western Cookbooks category.
“Each year, the quality and level of excellence of the books being awarded goes up,” said Charles Williams, executive director of the contest. “It is a tribute both to the enduring appeal of the West and the high quality of publications being produced today. We are especially proud of our publishers, who have maintained such high standards in a marketplace where they face competition from e-books and other electronic media.”
The Will Rogers Medallion Award was created to recognize quality works of cowboy poetry that honor Will Rogers’ heritage. It has since expanded to include other works of western literature and film.
Texas Tech University Press (TTUP) publishes a variety of titles each year ranging from nonfiction titles in natural history and the natural sciences to works in costume and textile history and all aspects of the Great Plains and the American west especially biography, history, memoir and travel. The press also publishes fiction, young adult and childrens titles, a mystery series and an annual poetry selection.