In the forty years since the Guild was founded, it has recognized twenty people for their body of work or their contributions to the San Diego writing community. This post includes information about five of those previous awardees.
Chet Cunningham was a long-time member of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. He published his first novel in 1968 and went on to publish nearly 300 more novels and 15 nonfiction books.
Chet Cunningham was also instrumental in establishing the San Diego Book Awards, intended to boost the reputation and prestige of authors in the San Diego area. In recognition of his contribution to the San Diego Book Awards, that organization established the Chet Cunningham Spur Award in 2017.
Dean Nelson is frequently seen at local writers' events such as the La Jolla Writer's Conference and the Point Loma Writer's Symposium by the Sea held each February at Point Loma Nazarene University, an event he founded.
Judy Reeves is an author and supporter of other local authors who is a frequent speaker at events around the area, including presentations at the Guild in recent years. She established San Diego Writers, Ink, a venue for writers to meet, take classes, and network.
Judy Cullins was recognized for her support of authors through her book coaching. More than 80 clients have worked with Judy since 1986 to get their books completed and published.
Local poet, Quincy Troupe, was recognized with an Odin Award for his volumes of poetry, children's books, and non-fiction works, including the biography of Miles Davis.