The mission of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize is to strengthen and support the literary arts and humanities in the high desert region of the Northwest through recognition of literary excellence in nonfiction writing about desert landscapes, through community interaction with the winning authors of the annual prize, and presentations and programs that take place in association with the prize.
Pyle Named Guest Judge & Panelist
Robert Michael Pyle, renowned author, lepidopterist, teacher and environmental humanitarian, was the guest judge for the 2020 Waterston Desert Writing Prize. Pyle will also take part in "A Desert Conversation" panel at the 2021 awards event at the High Desert Museum. Read more about him here.
Dahr Jamail Panel Coming in 2021
Dahr Jamail, author of The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption, will join the panel of "A Desert Conversation," at the 2021 awards event. Read more about him here.
Prize Alums News
Rebecca Lawton, 2015 Prize winner, is nominated for a 2020 Oregon Book Award for The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West.
Kat Wilder, 2018 Prize Finalist, will publish a book, via Torrey House Press, in 2021, titled Desert Chrome.
Charles Hood, 2017 Prize Finalist, won Best Nonfiction Book of 2019 from the California Association of Independent Booksellers for his title, Wild L.A.