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The LARAMIE Awards Writing Competition for Western Fiction – Official 2014 FINALISTS List

The Laramie Awards recognizes emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of Western, Civil War, Prairie, and Pioneer Fiction Novels. The Laramie Awards is a division of the Chanticleer Awards International Writing Competitions.

laramieWe are pleased to announce the Laramie Awards Official Finalists List for 2014 Entries, otherwise known as the “Short List.” The Official Finalists Listing is comprised of entries that have passed the first three rounds of judging from  the entire field of entrants. To pass the first three rounds of judging, more than sixty pages of the works below  have been read and have deemed worthy by the CBR judges of continuing in competition for the LARAMIE FIRST IN CATEGORY positions and their prize packages.


Congratulations to the LARAMIE AWARDS FINALISTS:

  • Jacqui Nelson for Between Heaven and Hell
  • Althea Williams for Walls for the Wind
  • Juliette Douglas for Freckled Venom Copperhead
  • Jared McVay the Author for Not on My Mountain
  • Jacqui Rogers for Much Ado About Miners
  • Ken Farmer and Buck Stienke for Hell Hole and Nations 
  • Lorrie Farrelly for Terms of Surrender
  • Peggy L. Henderson for Come Home to Me
  • Tammy Hinton for Unbridled and Retribution 
  • Susan Horsnell for Capturing Charlie
  • Robert M. Fells for The Parson of Styx Crossing
  • Elizabeth Ward for Wolf Eye’s Silence
  • Graham J Flowers for Shadow Trails 
  • Theo Czuk for Heart Scarred
  • Michael J Roueche for A River Divides 
  • Joe Corso for The Adventures of Lone Jack Kid
  • Linell Jeppsen for Deadman’s Lament
  • Christi Corbett for Along the Way Home
  • Kristen Lynch for Silver
  • Paul C Breslin for Our Daily Bread

Good luck to all the Laramie Awards Finalists who made the Short List as they compete for the First In Category Positions!

More than $30,000 dollars in cash and prizes will be awarded to Chanticleer International Blue Ribbon Awards Winners annually.

The Laramie Awards for Western Fiction has ten categories to compete in for First Place Category Positions.

cac3The Laramie First in Category award winners will compete for the Laramie Grand Prize Award for Best Western Book 2014. Grand Prize winners, blue ribbons, and prizes will be announced and awarded on September 29th at the Chanticleer Authors Conference and Awards Gala, Bellingham, Wash.

The First In Category award winners will receive an award package including a complimentary book review, digital award badges, shelf talkers, book stickers, and more.

We are proud to announce last year’s award winners and this year’s Laramie finalists at the Historical Novel Society’s 2015 Conference in Denver, Colorado that will take place on June 27, 2015.

So Excited although I know I don’t really have much of a chance. Not bad for an Aussie girl writing about the American Wild West though.



Western Romance has always been my first love but I also write hot contemporary romance under my pen name A.L. Simpson. In my Westerns I love to write about knock ‘em down - drag ‘em out fights, outlaws, bank robbery, stage hold-ups and romance. In my Contemporary’s I write f/m, m/m and m/m/f. I usually draw on experiences for these and they usually cause more than a few tears for the readers. When I am not writing I enjoy walking our dogs – 2 elderly Jack Russell Terriers - with my husband and travelling both overseas and in Australia. Susan Horsnell Links: Blog: Web: FB: A.L. Simpson Links: Website: Blog: FB:

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