Monday, August 11, 2014

High Hill Press Wins a Spur Award from Western Writers of America

My friend Lou Turner, publisher of High Hill Press, is a huge fan of Westerns -- books and movies. 

She tells the story of when she was young she once wrote a fan letter to John Wayne -- and she got an answer. Somehow the letter got lost in one of her moves from Central Illinois to Missouri, but she still has a life-size cutout of "The Duke" in her house.

So, it's no surprise that after she and her husband Bryan started HHP several years ago they decided to publish western novels and anthologies. 

Their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the Western genre recently paid off when High Hill Press won a Spur Award from Western Writers of America for the best Western short story, "Cabin Fever," by Brett Cogburn, which appears in Cactus Country III. 

HHP was also a finalist for another short story, "Chouteau's Crossing," by McKendrie Long, which appears in the Rough Country anthology.

I took the photo of Lou (above) during one of our weekly critique group sessions. She's holding her spur and a copy of Cactus Country III.

If you are a fan of the western genre, check out the High Hill Press website, where you can find western novels and anthologies published by HHP. 

And, if you write about the West, visit HHP for information about submission guidelines.


  1. Huge congrats to Lou and Bryan, HHP, Brett Cogburn, and McKendrie Long. The cream always rises to the top.

    1. Hi Lisa,
      You are right--the cream does rise to the top!

  2. Congrats to all. I know Lou works long, hard hours.

    1. Hi Becky,
      You are right. It's wonderful that her hard work is being rewarded.

  3. Awesome!! I read Cactus Country III and loved it!

  4. How exciting! Congratulations to all!

  5. Wow, this is good news! So glad for Lou and all involved. Love my Cactus Country books...all of them! I have picked up a couple of books from other local presses...have to say none do the job HHP does! I can count on quality in their books!

  6. Hi Margo,
    Lou does a great job with the anthologies.

    Hi Tammy,
    Thanks! It is exciting for them all.

    Hi Claudia,
    You're right about the quality of the HHP books. I know Lou works hard to get rid of typos and mistakes -- what she calls "prairie dogs" from popping up.

  7. Congrats to Lou! What a terrific accomplishment.

    Critter Alley


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