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Attention Book Illustrators and Cover Designers!

Colorado Authors League has long been about the business of storytelling, and now we’re opening our membership to include those who tell stories through art! Book Illustrators and Cover designers, we invite you to apply for membership and take advantage of the rich benefits that CAL provides its members from friendship to promotion to a chance to win your very own CAL award for Illustration or Cover Design!

CAL Writing Awards

Submissions are now open!

Submission period: Nov 1-Jan 31

Eligibility: You must be a CAL member to enter (See Membership tab above)

Categories: Multiple categories are judged from essays, articles, and poetry to full-length novels.

2022 Awards announcements: May /June

Awards ceremomy: July

Contest Info & Entry

Joe Nigg

recipient of the 2021

Lifetime Achievement Award


Watch past Award Ceremonies

79th Annual CAL Writing Awards Video

hosted by Kevin and Jodi Bowersox

80th Annual CAL Writing Awards Video

hosted by Jody Pritzl

The BigHorn Book Nook is Back!

As part of the Georgetown Christmas Market 2021

When: Two Weekends in December: Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12

Time: Open 9 am-4pm

Where: The Community Center, Georgetown CO


Reserve your spot now as a book vendor.

Contact Jerry Fabyanic: for details


Get thee to Georgetown in December and buy books for all the readers on your Christmas list!



The CAL Co-op Booths made a great comeback for the 2021 Colorado Country Christmas Gift Shows held in Denver at the Convention Center Nov. 5-7 and at the Colorado Springs Event Center Nov. 19-21.


Did you miss it?
You can still find great books by CAL authors.
Check out our genre pages!


Autographed books make the best Christmas presents ever!
Contact the authors directly to get your signed copies!

In the spotlight: Virginia White, Winner of CAL's Summer Reading Program

When I wonder how I went from a struggling reader to guiding AP Literature students toward success on the exam to becoming a published author, I realize it was sheer determination and hard work, both inspired by my parents.

As a kid I loved stories. Reading them was a challenge because I was never taught phonics. Through trial and error I taught myself what I could and eventually found myself reading with a flashlight under the covers after it was “lights out.”

My confidence in reading and writing can be attributed to Mr. Kloefkorn during my sophomore year in college. When I received an A on my original short story and he told me that I should submit it to The Flintlock, Wesleyan’s literary magazine, I decided I might actually have strength in my writing. By my senior year, I decided I wanted to write stories for children. I wanted them to be fun as well as educational.

I was armed with what I thought would be the answer for struggling readers after I received my Master’s Degree. Boy, was I wrong. The students taught me! I had two classes of “Leisure Learners” who did not want to take English, a four-year requirement. Trial and error again and then one day a student came in and said. “I think you’ve got it, Mrs. White.” Yea for me.

I developed the class further and put it into two more schools. I moved on to teach World Humanities, Creative Writing, AP Literature, and Freshman English. I became the English Department Coordinator in two schools. I was hired to develop an English curriculum at Eaglecrest High School before we actually moved to Colorado.

The idea of writing my own poems and stories began with the reading of both. Use of language intrigued me. Words gave me a vision. I wanted to be able to create a vision with my own words.

Not only does reading inspire me, but I love to observe—people, actions, dialogue, any details that develop a character or a scene. I wonder what goes on inside a person’s head or inside a house. What IS that story?  What is the motivation for characters to do what they do?  My imagination has a good time with possibilities. 

Ideas come to me in the shower, in the car, right before I go to sleep, when I watch a movie, when I read –anything! I jot ideas down, let them simmer, and then I play with various scenarios until something clicks. The best time for me to express those ideas is early morning. It’s quiet and I feel refreshed. 

There is something inside me that urges a story. After I play with a number of “what ifs,” I flesh  out the “what if” I think works the best—again and again until I feel it is a good fit. I try them out on others and make changes if I think that is the best avenue. It pleases me to know that my words and ideas have made a positive impact upon the reader.

Besides reading and writing, I enjoy spending time with my family and three rescue cats.

Virginia has lived in South Dakota, Nebraska, South Carolina, Nebraska again, and Wyoming before settling in Colorado, where she has lived with her husband Warren for 31 years. She taught at Eaglecrest until 2002 then transferred to Cherry Creek High School before retiring in 2008. She has two daughters and three grandchildren. She won this opportunity for a spotlight in our newsletter and on the website by reading the most pages of books by CAL authors during our CAL Summer Reading Program.

CAL Authors Release New Books!

A spell-binding fairytale.

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This fateful night could be a new beginning.

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Was it an unfortunate accident, bad decision making, or something worse?

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A collection of family favorite recipes across the miles and years.

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The value of feelings and teaching kids to use them in a positive way.

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It's 1066 in England, and for 13-yr-old Edan, everything is about to change.

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No place is safe.

There's nowhere to hide.

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Ruby has managed to find some trouble...


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Inspiration for a creative life.

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Can a bit of Christmas magic bring two lonely souls together?

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While unraveling sinister motives, will Annalee become a victim, too? 

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True stories of historic women aviators and female astronauts of the world.

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A Valentine's getaway is on the rocks when a winemaker discovers a body.

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Who is an enemy? Who is an ally?

Is there honor among wolves?

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It's not polite to eavesdrop,

but it can be profitable.

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And Publish Plays, Essays, Articles, and Poems!

Kathryn Winograd's poem "Octopus on a Sea Dock" was published in the Split Rock Review.

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Helping Students

In 2020, CAL members joined together to create Prompts For Young Writers, a book to inspire and launch great stories. Our authors also provided writing tips in the book available in both English and Spanish. To download this FREE Resource, Click here: Prompts Book.

Helping the Community

CAL authors often contribute to Little Free Libraries!

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CAL will participate in the 2021 Colorado Country Christmas Gift Shows in November. The Denver booth will be held Nov. 5-7 at the Convention Center. The Colorado Springs booth will be held Nov. 19-21 at the Event Center. Come on out and support Colorado Authors and buy some great books!

Note for authors: The booths are currently full, but we do have waiting lists started. Click for more details. 

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Celebrating 90 Years



Wilson Rockwell


Known as the “Western Colorado historian” former CAL member Wilson Rockwell wrote several books. The titles include Uncompahgre Country; New Frontier-1938; Driftwood- 1940; No Way-1950; Sunset Slope- 1956; The Utes –a Forgotten People-1956; and Memoirs of a Lawman-1962. He contributed to many Colorado newspapers and magazines.  He also hosted several radio programs including- True Epics of Western Colorado and Frontier Reminiscences and the T.V. series Uncompahgre Frontier. Read More 

Read about Thomas Hornby Ferril, first Colorado Poet Laureate.

Read about Marian Castle     

Edwina Hume Fallis
Early CAL Member

CAL member Edwina Fallis was the daughter of a president of the Denver school board. She became an outstanding teacher, and wrote many books for children. She taught in the Gilpin School and Whittier and Lincoln Schools. Her students learned the art of listening to a story and encouraged them to write. She used creative toys and props to bring stories to life. She turned to a manufacturer to produce her learning toys and opened the Fallis Toy Shop. Read More

 Read About 
William Edmund Barrett 

Read about Lillian de la Torre

Frances Traher


Traher's professional career was distinguished by 7 Colorado Authors League Top Hand awards, and her spouse was internationally acclaimed mural painter William Traher (1908-1984).

During WWII, Frances was Continuity Director at KOY Radio in Phoenix, AZ. Working alongside announcer Steve Allen, who later became a popular TV personality. She oversaw station programming and hosted her own radio show.

She was best known for her feature articles in national art publications, as well as dozens of fiction stories exploring contemporary women's issues. Read More

Read About Mary Coyle Chase

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