Western Music Association

Western Music Association

Western Wordsmiths Chapter


Our Mission:
To produce, promote and preserve the tales, stories and poems
of the Western culture in written or oral form.

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The Western Music Association was founded in 1988 to foster the professional growth of individual performing members through their web site, the quarterly "Western Way," the annual International Western Music Festival every November, state and regional chapters, and an Educational Outreach Program.

The Western Wordsmiths Chapter started in 2011 to provide more support and opportunities for Western writers within the Western Music Association. Our members include poets, authors, story tellers, song writers and lyricists.

The primary goal of the Western Wordsmiths Chapter is to create poetry awards, and eligibility criteria for those awards.

Volunteers are needed. If you have an idea for Western Wordsmiths and are willing to chair a committee to make it happen, please contact a member of the Board. If you are a Western Wordsmiths member, and if you have the time and if you have a thick skin and if and want to volunteer, we want to hear from you. Please contact member of the Board for any of the above reasons. Thanks!

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WMA Western Wordsmiths chapter


June 27: The Application / Procedure and Criteria / Rules documents have been modified. Thanks to Susie Knight for all her work on this contest.

June 12: An excerpt from the press release:

"It was a clean sweep for Colorado cowboy poet Floyd Beard who claimed the top prize in both the humorous and serious poem categories of the Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest on June 12.

"'Congratulations to Floyd who did an outstanding job,” said poetry contest chair and Western Wordsmith member Ron Wilson.

"As Kansas state champion, Floyd Beard received the coveted Governor’s Buckle, the Saddlejack Bradrick Award, discounts and gift certificates from leading western wear stores, and two tickets to the Symphony in the Flint Hills. In addition, as state winner he will have his entry fees paid to compete in the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in Abilene."

Floyd Beard, KS Poetry Champion

June 12: The 2015 Cowboy Poetry Buckles have been made. For a sneak-preview, go to Cowboy Poetry Jackpot.

April 22: A People's Choice award has been added to the Cowboy Poetry Jackpot for 2015.

Welcome to New & Returning Members:




Dan "Doc" Wilson's poem, "Let This Be My Heaven," was selected for the column "Penned by Lantern Light" in The Western Way Spring 2015.

Floyd Beard won the 2015 Cowboy Idol Poet contest at the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering in Kennewick, WA.


Check out on our new page, "Tips 'N' Tutorials." We hope that it will contain a lot of helpful information for you. Thanks to the following contributors:

If you have knowledge that will help other Western Wordsmiths members, and you're willing to share it, please contact a member of the Board.