History and Purpose of High Country Writers
High Country Writers began in summer of 1995 when Maggie Bishop placed an ad in the local newspapers seeking others interested in writing fiction. That ad generated 13 phone calls; when the group met a week later, it had six founding members who met in the conference room of Boone City Hall. The first year saw the institution of events we now consider traditions: the Christmas Luncheon, hosting an honored guest speaker for the past two years, and the Spring Fling, the June meeting at a member's home, that has come to feature reading of members' poetry.
The High Country Writers Book of the Year Award was first bestowed in 1999 to recognize the excellence in writing that HCW had supported since its beginning. It has remained an annual event.
To be eligible for a Book of the Year Award, the author must be an active member of HCW and have joined by January 31st of the year the book is published or copyrighted; the author must have attended at least 6 meetings during that same year; the author must complete a submission form and give 2 copies of their book to the committee chair by the 2nd meeting in January; and the book must have a registered ISBN and bar code, be in digital text and bound, and must be in English and nationally available.
How to Apply:
Please print and return the completed HIGH COUNTRY WRITERS BOOK OF THE YEAR SUBMISSION FORM 2019. Click the button below to download the PDF.
Awards for Books Published in 2015
Poetry of Travel: On Assignment
Peter W. Morris
Presenter: Lissa Brown
Health and Wellness: Time For Change
Presenter: Bill Runyan
Murder Mystery: They Killed Kenny! and They Killed Coach!
Douglas Stephen Kaiser
Presenter: Linda Jencson
Humor: Official Business
(Lost In Service)
Presenter: Wayne Clawson
Science Fiction: Princess of Peace and Apache Sniper
Anthony J. Rankine
Presenter: Judith Geary
Poetry: Multiple Volumes
Leslie Ann Perry
Presenter: Maryrose Carroll
Presentations: Bill Runyan for Official Business, Presenter, Wayne Clawson; Program Facilitator, Bart Bare and HCW President, Anita Laymon; Danielle Bussone for Time for Change, Presenter, Bill Runyan; Douglas Kaiser for They Killed Kenny and They Killed Coach, Presenter, Linda Jenczen
Photos by Ree Strawser