Matthew P. MayoA prolific writer of novels, short stories, and non-fiction books, Matthew P. Mayo won Western Writers of America’s 2013 Spur Award for Best Western Short Novel for his novel, Tucker’s Reckoning. He has also been a Spur Award Finalist in the Short Fiction category and a Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award finalist.

He also collaborated with his wife, photographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo, on a series of popular hardcover books (Maine Icons; New Hampshire Icons; and Vermont Icons).

The Mayos run Gritty Press (www.GrittyPress.com) and rove North America in search of hot coffee, tasty whiskey, and high adventure….

Member: Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout); Western Writers of America; Western Fictioneers; SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators); and Grizzly Boxers Anonymous.



Western Writers of America’s 2013 Spur Award for Best Western Short Novel.
Finalist, Western Fictioneers 2010 Peacemaker Award for Short Fiction.
Finalist, Western Writers of America’s 2010 Spur Award for Short Fiction.

Contributor (Fiction, Poetry, Essays, TV/Film):
“Myth Hunters: Legend of Treasure Mountain” (BBC TV series; on-screen expert)
Somewhere, Sometime…. (Lowestoft Chronicle Press anthology)
Livin’ on Jacks and Queens (Piccadilly Publishing anthology)
Wolf Creek, Book 7: The Quick and the Dying (Western Fictioneers shared novel)
The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the Crucible (Moonstone Books anthology)
How the Red Sox Explain New England (Triumph Books)
Six-Guns and Slay Bells: A Creepy Cowboy Christmas (Western Fictioneers anthology)
Wolf Creek, Book 3: Murder in Dogleg City (Western Fictioneers shared novel)
Beat to a Pulp: Round 2 (Beat to a Pulp Books anthology)
Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook (Moonstone Books anthology)
The Traditional West: A Western Fictioneers Anthology (WF)
Cactus Country Anthology, Vol. 1 (High Hill Press)
Bad Austen: The Worst Stories Jane Never Wrote (Adams Media)
Bookgasm Presents: Mondo Sasqatch anthology
Port Yonder Books’ Christmas Campfire Companion anthology
PulpWork Press’ How the West Was Weird, Vol. 2 anthology
Needle: A Magazine of Noir
DAW Books’ Steampunk’d anthology
DAW Books’ Timeshares anthology
A Fistful of Legends
Where Legends Ride
Beat to a Pulp
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk High School

Goose River Anthology
Out of the Gutter Magazine
Astonishing Adventures Magazine
Harbor Journal
Out West
The Berkshire Review
Wolf Moon Journal
The Lowell Pearl
The Lyndon Review
Many Harmonies
Ratbone Rag
Green Mountain Trading Post
The Snook

Editor (Anthologies):
Beat to a Pulp: Round 2 (Beat to a Pulp Books anthology)
Where Legends Ride (Express Westerns)

Editor/Contributor (Articles, Essays, Reviews):
Roundup Magazine
Meridian Bridge
Big Sky Journal

Western Art & Architecture
Down East—The Magazine of Maine
Miami Living
Fly Rod & Reel
Fishing Tackle Trade News
The Face