Craig Lancaster is a novelist and playwright. Two of his novels—600 HOURS OF EDWARD and AND IT WILL BE A BEAUTIFUL LIFE—have won High Plains Book Awards. His work has made bestseller lists and been translated widely, and it has been recognized by the Montana Book Awards, the Utah Book Awards, the Independent Publisher Book Awards (gold medal), the American Fiction Awards, and many other organizations.

In 2023, his first full-length play, STRAIGHT ON TO STARDUST, made its world premiere as a production of Yellowstone Repertory Theatre in Billings, Montana.

Other Works

Awards and Recognition

  • 600 Hours of Edward: 2010 High Plains Book Award winner; 2009 Montana Honor Book The Summer Son (2010 Utah Book Award finalist) The Art of Departure (2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards gold-medal winner; High Plains Book Award finalist) This Is What I Want (2016 High Plains Book Awards finalist) Edward Unspooled (2017 Best Book Awards winner; 2017 International Book Awards finalist) Julep Street (2017 Best Book Awards finalist) You, Me & Mr. Blue Sky (co-written with Elisa Lorello; 2019 International Book Awards finalist; 2020 Best Book Awards finalist) And It Will Be a Beautiful Life (2022 High Plains Book Award winner for fiction; 2022 American Fiction Awards winner for literary fiction, 2021 Best Book Awards finalist for literary fiction; 2022 International Book Awards finalist for literary fiction)