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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!

We want to promote your work, click HERE to see just one of the ways.

CAL Awards

Submissions are now open!

Writing, Illustration, and Cover Design from 2020 and 2021 Published Works

Submission period: Nov 1-Jan 31

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

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

Categories also include illustration, cover design, and graphic 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

Did you miss our Co-op Booths?

You can still find great books by CAL authors.
Check out our Genre Pages !


Autographed books are a great way to spend your Christmas cash!

Contact the authors directly to get your signed copies!

CAL Authors Release New Books!

Where the dead hunger for living flesh,

 a killer tells his story.

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Just one more battle to freedom.

One more fight to become a knight.

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An essential foundation for enthusiasts and skeptics alike.

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They have arisen from the ground itself, aware now of that origin.

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New for 2022!

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A journey of loss, friendship, and healing.

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An invaluable resource

for short story writers.

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The new edition is here.

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Football, ghosts, and growing up.

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Corruption, compromise,

and a deadly virus.

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Ritual murder. Archaic clues. A visionary killer.

Words can kill.

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Stay hidden to stay alive.

Find it on Amazon

A self-help book full of unsolicited advice from a lifestyle influencer you never knew you needed

Get it at BooksByBeetsByBeth

To save Christmas,

he must defeat the beast.

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Someone in this charming artistic community has murder on their mind.

Check it out on Amazon

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!

Little Library 2021

Where can I find CAL books?

CAL books are on GoodReads!

Click to find them all in one place!


REGISTER NOW for the 2022 Colorado Country Christmas Gift Shows in November.

The Colorado Springs booth will be held Nov. 4-6 at the Event Center.

The Denver booth will be held Nov. 11-13 at the Convention Center.

Read all about it and how you can participate here:

Christmas Booth

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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