Military Writers Society of America Announces the 2011 book awards and Korean War Book Finalists

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The annual award presentation will be held in Pittsburgh at the Airport Marriot Hotel on October 1, 2011.

The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) announces the finalists for its 2011 book awards. This year 66 books in 21 categories have received nominations. The MWSA book awards recognize outstanding military-themed books in a wide range of categories from children to adult. The categories include fiction, non-fiction, spiritual/religious, individual service branches, poetry, business/how to, and others. Entries included books published by traditional, subsidy, self-published, and e-book formats.

In addition, MWSA, together with the Center for the Study of the Korean War, Our History Project, and Positively Pittsburg Live, is a co-sponsor of a special Korean War Book Award. Six books are finalists in this category designed to raise awareness of the conflict known as the “Forgotten War.” The Korean War Book Award contest includes a First Prize Cash Award of $150, was open to all authors who have written a book about the Korean War, whether fiction or non-fiction.

The annual Awards program is MWSA’s most important and exciting function. We focus on content, style, visual, and technique. Each year, more active military, veteran and historians submit their work. Each year, the competition is more intense,” says Joyce Faulkner, president of Military Writers Society of America, “and 2011 is no exception.”

The Military Writers Society of America is an association of more than 800 authors, poets, artists, and photographers whose core principle is a love of the men and women who defend this nation, and an understanding and respect of their sacrifice and dedication.

MWSA 2011 Award Nominees (In no particular order)

Historical Fiction – Event
Beyond Those Hills by M.H.A. Menondji
David & the Mighty Eight by Marjorie Hodgson Parker
Victory Road by Mark Bowlin
The Corydon Snow by Richard Whitten Barnes
Once a Knight by Walt Shiel
Look Long Into the Abyss by A.R. Homer

Historical Fiction ― Chronicle
Shall Never See So Much by Gerald Gillis

Historical Fiction ― Protagonist
For Love of Country by William C. Hammond

Fiction ― Mystery
Loose Ends Kill by Bob Doerr
Laos File by Dale A. Dye
ARGOPELTER by Ronald Smith
I Know Why the Dogwoods Blush by Bill Cain

Fiction ― Thriller
Project Dragonslayers by Kathy Rowe
Pirates & Cartels by Lee & Vista Boyland
Sgt. Rock - The Lost Battalion, HC by Billy Tucci
The Mullahs Storm by Thomas W. Young

Fiction ― Literary
The Book in the Wall by John F. Simpson

Non-Fiction ― History
Eisenhower & Montgomery by William Weidner
Keeping the Promise by Donna Elliott
American Guerilla by Mike Guardia
Targeted Killing by Thomas B. Hunter
T-41 Mescalero: The Military Cessna 172 by Walt Shiel
Lost Eagles by Blaine L. Pardue

Non-Fiction ― Memoir
DAI Uy Hoch by David R. Hoch
Wing Wife by Marcia J. Sargent
Life Interrupted by War by Thomas van Hees
Lullabies for Lieutenants by Franklin Cox
We Came to Fight a War by Jack Flynn & Alvin E. Kotler
Earning My Wings by Shirley Dobbins Forgan

Non-Fiction ― Reference
Aerial Aces of the Universal Newsreel by Philip W. Stewart

Non-Fiction ― Biography
True Blue: A Tale of the Enemy Within by Joe Sanchez & MoDhania
Women in the U.S. Armed Forces by Darlene M. Iskra
Grey Eminence by Edward Cox
Beyond All Price by Carolyn Poling Schriber

Non-Fiction ― How To/Business
Disability Compensation by Thomas van Hees
Breastfeeding in Combat Boots by Robyn Roche-Paul

Non-Fiction ― Creative Non-Fiction
Gated Grief by Leila Levinson

Non-Fiction ― Spiritual/Religious
God + Military Spouse by Lori Kathleen Cline
A Prayer Journey through Deployment by Donna Mull
Bringing Courage to the Courageous by Don Williamson
I Want to be the Fat Pretty One by Lori Kathleen Cline

Artistic ― Pictorial
USAF Interceptors by Marty Isham & David McLaren

Poetry ― Book
Through the Years by James Jellerson
Blooming Red by Carolyn Howard-Johnson & Magdelina Ball
Kings of the Green Jelly Moon by L.King, J.Greenwald, J. Jellerson, M. Mullins

Children ― Ages 12 & Below
The Adventures of Briskey Bear by Steve Bolt
The Sandpiper's Game by Charles Boyle
Klinger by Betsy Beard
Our Daddy is Invincible by Shannon Maxwell
Eddie & Bingo: A Friendship Tale by Katherine & Kathleen L. Taylor

Military ― Air Force
Safe Landings by Fran McGraw
Belle of the Brawl by Gary A. Best
The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe by Jay A. Stout
Two Gold Coins and a Prayer by James H. Keeffe lll

Military ― Army
Incoming by Jack Manick
Alan's Letters by Nancy E. Rial
Still Standing by Jim Kosmo
The Sentinel & the Shooter by Douglas W. Bonnot
Inside the President's Helicopter by G.T. Boyd & J. Boor
War Remains by Jeffery Miller

Military ― Marines
Obediently Yours, Orson Welles by Ulman Bray

Military ― Navy
The Seventh Angel by Jeff Edwards
The Untold Experiences by C. Gilbert Lowery
Listening to Ghosts by Robert (Bob) Stockton

Military ― Coast Guard
The Coast Guard by Tom Beard

Korean War Book Award
Chitose Road by Robert S. Ruehrdanz
A Hill Called White Horse by Tony Sobieski
The Untold Experiences by C. Gilbert Lowery
Truman & MacArthur by Donald Farinacci
Eddie & Bingo by Kathleen & Katherine Taylor
War Remains by Jeffrey Miller


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