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Texas Tech University Press Author Takes First Place in Literary Contest

Kristen Barton

December 9, 2016

TTU Press

Joyce Gibson Roach was presented with the Will Rogers Medallion Award.

The Land of Rain Shadow: Horned Toad, Texas

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.

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