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19th Annual Will Rogers Awards

Current Schedule Of Events

March 27-28, 2015
19th Annual
Academy of Western Artists
Will Rogers Western Awards

Sheraton Hotel
4440 W John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, Texas
Room Rates $85 per room, 972-929-8400

Fri Mar 27
Billy Bowles Country & Western Music Show 6-12 PM in the Sheraton Club, no charge open to all. If you want to perform on show, please contact

Sat Mar 28
Trade and Exhibition set up in the atrium, no charge. If you want to set up a trade booth or exhibition, please contact (everything western oriented)

Dinner/Award Show 6 PM $75 per person, Table for 8 $750, Cash Bar

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Check regularly for additions to the 19th Annual Will Rogers Western Awards

Current Will Rogers Award Requirements

The Academy of Western Artists is now taking nominations for the 2014 Will Rogers Western Awards.
The winner does not have to attend the Will Rogers Awards in order to receive the recognition, however, if the winner is not in attendance, a certificate will be sent,.
You do not have to be a member of the AWA in order to nominate someone or to receive the award.
All submissions will be judged by a blind panel of their peers.
Categories may be added or deleted depending on the number of submissions received. The Academy has done this since the first as it reflects changes in the Western Community. If too few nominations are received, the category will be held over for the next year.
Books/Albums/CD: Material should have been produced between Jan 1, 2013-Dec 31, 2014 and cannot have been previously submitted.
NOTE: Do not send music album at this time. Send name of album and song to to see if it has been submitted, if it hasn't, we will contact you to send album.
Send enough information to give consideration for the nominee: resume, photos, articles, etc.,
All submissions must include contact information for the nominee: address, phone and email
Submissions (excluding Elmer Kelton Book Award) must be received no later than December 31, 2014 in order to be considered, email, US postal, UPS, etc. Elmer Kelton Book Award submissions must be received by Oct. 31, 2014.
COWBOY POETRY: Male and Female, CD and Buck Ramsey Book: This category of books is for cowboy poetry books only, compilations are OK. Mail 3 copies of each to AWA, P O Box 35, Gene Autry, OK 73436, for books, $25 per submission, unless a member of AWA, then no charge.
MUSIC: Western Music-The music of Marty Robbins, Sons of the Pioneers, only new songs, arrangements, etc.
Western Swing-Bob Wills big band type of music
Pure Country-Not today's "Pop" country, older pure country like Loretta Lynn, George Jones, etc.
Male-Female-Duo/Group-Instrumentalist-Song-Album: Please check with as to album and song before mailing album to see if it has been previously submitted.
MEDIA The station does not have to be full time, but does promote western, western swing, or pure country. This can also be an internet station.
Radio Station and Disc Jockey
TRAPPINGS Work is judged on 1-quality of work 2-standing within peer community 3-body of work, not one particular piece.
__Art__Cartoonist___Spurmaker___Saddlemaker___Engraver___Master Leather Artisan___Hitcher___Braider___Bootmaker___ Chuckwagon ___
DON KING AWARD Given to a saddlemaker who has contributed to the overall high standards of the art, one who may still produce saddles, but basically is retired.
ELMER KELTON BOOK AWARD This is for western oriented fiction and non fiction books. Send 4 copies to address below plus $25 per submission, unless a member of AWA, then no charge for submissions. Please mark package to Elmer Kelton Book Award, P O Box 35, Gene Autry, OK 73436.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT The Award is for those contributing to the promotion and preservation of the western culture and way of life.

Pick the category: fill out the form below and follow the instructions above for each category:

We are working on a printable and/or website editable form. In the meantime, you can use the following, just include all the information in an email or on paper for regular mail.

Please mark your category, you can have multiple submissions, but please enter a separate email for each: email to
TRAPPINGS: Artist__Cartoonist___Spurmaker___Saddlemaker___Engraver___Master Leather Artisan___Hitcher___Braider___ Bootmaker ___ Chuckwagon ___
MUSIC: WESTERN ___ WESTERN SWING ___ PURE COUNTRY ___Male___ Female___ Duo/Group ___ Instrumentalist ____ Song ___ Album ___
POETRY: Male ___ Female ___ CD/Album ___ Book ___
ELMER KELTON BOOK: Fiction ___ Non Fiction ___
MEDIA: Disc Jockey ___ Radio Station ___

City _________________ State ____Zip________
Name of Book or CD ______________________
Song ______________________________
Date Released ___________________________
Email _____________________________
Phone (____) ______ ______________________
Mailing address: AWA, P O Box 35, Gene Autry, OK 73436







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