Larry Jeff McMurtry (1936-2021) is an American novelist, essayist, bookseller and screenwriter whose work is often set in the old West or contemporary Texas.

Américo Paredes (1915–1999) was a Mexican-American author, scholar and folklorist born in Brownsville who wrote about the bilingual life on the border of South Texas.

Katherine Anne Porter (1890–1980) was a journalist, essayist, short-story writer, and novelist who lived in New York while writing about her hardscrabble life in rural Texas.

John Graves (1920-2013) was an author from Fort Worth whose work focused on the environment and the loss of the frontier in Texas.


2022: Jane Roberts Wood, Walt McDonald, Robert Phillips, Lars Eighner

2021: Larry McMurtry, Leon Hale, James Hoggard, Robert Bonazzi, Jan Reid, Max Evans, Gregg Barrios, Dave Hickey

2020: Bill Wittliff, Wendell Mayo, William Seale, Bob Compton, Don Graham, Jim Lehrer, Bill Sloan, Lonn Taylor

2019: Ted Shine, Ntozake Shange,  Dan Jenkins

2018: Elroy Bode, Audrey Slate, Bill Crider

2017: Gary Cartwright, Tom Curtis, Shelby Hearon, John Miller Morris, Marsh Terry, Thomas Whitbread

2016: Kent Biffle, Dale Walker

2015: Francis Edward Abernethy, Diana Hobby, Kathryn Marshall, Robert Sherrill, Bryan Woolley

2014: Neal Barrett, Jr., Paul Boller, L. D. Clark, T. R. Fehrenbach, Jean Flynn, Lionel García

2013: Larry L. King, Palmer Hall, Mary Margaret Farabee

2012: Allen Maxwell, Annette Shorre Sanford, Maryln Schwartz, Malcolm Dallas McClean, Pete Gent, Tom Pilkington

2011: Max Crawford, Willam H. Goetzmann, Eugene McKinney, Claude Ignatius Stanush, David J. Weber