. . . of the first annual Rope and Wire Short Story Contest have been announced, and I'm very pleased to note that my friend (and the publisher of the fantastic Black Dog Books line) Tom Roberts has won third place with his excellent story "Toby." We all know Tom is a great artist and publisher, but he's a fine writer as well. You can read Tom's story here, and you can check out all the other top finishers here. While you're there, take a look at the rest of the site. If you have any interest in the West or in Western fiction, you won't be disappointed.