Announcement of New Book Prize in Honor of
David J. Weber and Governor Clements
Beginning in 2011,
the Western History
Association (WHA) Council and the Clements
Center will award a new book prize to be
administered by the WHA. The
David J. Weber-Clements Prize for the Best
Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America
was presented for the first time at the 2012
WHA conference to be held in Denver, Colorado.
The competition is open to any non-fiction book,
including biography, on any aspect of
Southwestern life, past or present, copyrighted
in the previous year. The purpose of the prize is to
promote fine writing and original research on
the American Southwest. The author will receive
$2,500 and an invitation to give the annual
Weber-Clements Prize Lecture at Southern
The prize originated
as the William P. Clements Prize for the Best
Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America, where
it has been awarded by the Center since 1999. William P. Clements, Jr., who
passed away in May 2011, was the Governor of
Texas and the founding benefactor of the Center.
Last spring the Clements Center approached the
WHA about taking over the administration of this
prize as way to honor both Governor Clements and
the Centerís Founding Director and past WHA
President, David J. Weber, who passed
away in August 2010.
The competition is open to
any non-fiction book, including biography, on
any aspect of Southwestern life, past or
present, with a
2012 copyright. The author need not
be a citizen or resident of the United States;
the book need not be published in the United
States. The author will receive two thousand
five hundred dollars, and an invitation to give
the annual Clements Prize Lecture at Southern
Methodist University, expenses to be paid by the
There is no fee for participation. Publishers do
not need to enclose a letter of nomination.
Publishers may submit as many titles as they
wish, but must send copies of each submission to
each of the judges listed below. Books submitted
must be monographs, not books of essays.
more information and list of judges, please
For more information on David J.
Weber-Clements book prize,
the WHA award web page.
For list of winners, please click on year at