Women of Thunder won three pre-publication awards. The Deep South Writers Conference named the book Best Novel in their yearly contest. Conference director Jerry McGuire said he had many entries from all over the United States, that a committee chose the top two entries, and novelist Ernest Gaines made the final choice.
In his evaluation of Women of Thunder, Ernest Gaines wrote: “It is a story of love and adventure, of reality and fantasy. The characters, the places they visit and the action are real. The language is simple and true. It is written so well that it holds our interest and keeps us turning the pages. This writer has great talent.”
A chapter from Women of Thunder won the Creative Writing Award from the Conference of College Teachers of English, and the North Texas Professional Writers Association gave Women of Thunder first place for first chapter of a novel in their yearly contest. Two stories extracted from the novel appeared in different issues of a journal published In India.