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Joe Nigg named 2021 Lifetime Achievement Winner!

Joe Nigg’s books have garnered multiple awards and have been translated into more than twenty languages. Jeff VanderMeer, The New York Review of Science Fiction said of Joe: “Nigg has done for the world of fantastical animals what Joseph Campbell did more generally for the world of myth.”

Nigg joined the Colorado Authors’ League in 1980 and has remained an active member ever since. He served on the CAL Board both as publicity and membership chairs. He counts many CAL Writing Awards among his awards. 

Among his popular titles are: The Book of Gryphons, A Guide to the Imaginary Birds of the World, Wonder Beasts, The Book of Fabulous Beasts: A Treasury of Writings from Ancient Times to the Present, The Book of Dragons & Other Mythical Beasts, How to Raise and Keep a Dragon, Sea Monsters: A Voyage Around the World’s Most Beguiling Map, and The Phoenix: An Unnatural Biography of a Mythical Beast.

“Griffins, the Phoenix, dragons, unicorns, and other traditional animals of the imagination are all around us in words and images, “Joe said. “But when you delve into the histories of these creatures, you’ll find an incredible wealth of cross-cultural lore intertwined with history, myth, religion, art, literature, science, and specialized areas such as alchemy and heraldry. While looking beyond the popular presence of mythical beasts, you’ll discover as much about the history and dreams of the human race as about our animal creations.”

Bloomsbury Review published Joe’s “Master of Mythology” interview with Joseph Campbell, the piece was later included in the Living in Words collection. He participated in the Ancient Mysteries “Dragons” segment on the Arts & Entertainment network and served as the show’s historical consultant. Joe was a guest speaker for the 2008 Dragons: Between Science and Fiction exhibit at Edmonton’s Royal Alberta Museum.

Joe remains circumspect about his success. He insists his good fortune in writing can be assigned to luck as much to skill. He adds, with a wry smile, that the Harry Potter series certainly gave his books a boost.

Congratulations to all 2021 CAL Award Finalists!


Winners Announced July 17th.


Fiction:
Mainstream/
Literary

1 agoraphobic man

+ 1 vivacious delivery woman

= a whole new life


Wesley Yorstead Goes Outside

by Stephanie Harper


Amazon

An absurd, lyrical, satirical parable.


The Perfect Stranger

by Gregory Seth Harris


Amazon

The legendary gunman reimagined.


Billy the Kid

by Peter Meech


Amazon


Fiction:

Mystery

(Cozy)

A killer comic mystery!


The Last Hurrah

by Judilee Butler & Gaga Gabardi


Amazon

One sour grape could kill her business!


Killer Chardonnay

by Kate Lansing


Amazon

A serial killer is on the loose.


The Mervin Gardens Murders

by Irv Sternberg


Amazon


Fiction:

Mystery

(Crime, Suspense)

Murder stalks the rugged

Colorado high country.


Hanging Falls

by Margaret Mizushima


Amazon

A savage killer on the loose in Denver.


Gone to Darkness

by Barbara Nickless


Amazon

Can Pickett prevent his half-brother's hanging?


Brother, Can You Spare a Crime?

by Sheri Cobb South


Amazon


Fiction:

Action, Adventure

When you look like the

Brazilian queen of diamonds.


The Diamond Diva Vendetta

by Jodi Bowersox


Amazon

A Bow Street runner isn't supposed to work against the law


Brother, Can You Spare a Crime?

by Sheri Cobb South


Amazon


Danger under the Arctic ice.


Operation Ice Breaker

by Robert Williscroft


Amazon


Fiction: 

Historical

She crossed an ocean,

why not a continent?


Custodian of the Spirits

by Bronwyn Long Borne


Amazon

The clash of life;

The mystery of death.


Mariano's Woman

by David M. Jessup


Amazon

When coming of age comes too soon.


Falling Forward

by Pat Benedict Jurgens


Amazon


Fiction:

Romance

A case of mistaken identity turns a Brazilian vacation deadly.


The Diamond Diva Vendetta

by Jodi Bowersox


Amazon


Misconceptions, revelations, intrigue, ghosts, and love.


The Mars Heir

by Jodi Bowersox


Amazon

Taking risks is how love begins.


Tearza

by Pete Carlson


Amazon


Fiction:

Sci Fi

He never wanted what his grandfather left him--his resort on Mars.


The Mars Heir

by Jodi Bowersox


Amazon


Not your average Sasquatch story!


The Sasquatch Series

by L.V. Ditchkus


Amazon

Two deaths should be quite sufficient for any genius to endure.


A Twice-Dead Genius Comporting with Misunderstood Abominations

by R. Gary Raham


Amazon


Fiction:

Fantasy

What's a bit of blood among friends?


The Tower of the Four Series

by Todd Fahnestock


Amazon

The memories of Fire Island

haunt her still.


Gods of the Bay

by Jo Fontana


Amazon

A Bow Street runner encounters his own "Wonderful Life."


Nowhere Man

by Sheri Cobb South


Amazon


Fiction:

Supernatural, Horror

Bullets fly and sparks ignite as the past and the present collide.


Key to the Past

by Iona Morrison


Amazon

Be careful what you wish for...


Nowhere Man

by Sheri Cobb South


Amazon


A haunted hotel with lingering guests.


Ghost Tour by

Claryn Vaile


Amazon


Anthology

Glimpses of God from

Life's Roller Coaster.


Beauty From Ashes

by Kristen Paris


Amazon

"imaginative, riveting, superbly crafted..."


The Best of James Van Pelt

by James Van Pelt


Fairwood Press


Observations at the intersection of humanity and nature.


Slow Arrow

by Kathryn Winograd


Amazon


Poetry Collection

A landscape ravaged by war.


Occupied

by Kika Dorsey


Amazon

A journey through life and death.


Bright Path Dark River

by Carol D. Guerrero-Murphy


Amazon

Medicine Poems for a Changing World


Soar Ready

by Valerie Szarek


Amazon


Non-fiction:

Biography/Memoir

Adapting to life with epilepsy


Grand Mal

by Robert Dodge


Amazon

A riveting account of

unimaginable neglect


Heartbreak Kennel

by Cary Unkelbach


Amazon

The Days and Flights of

a WWII Squadron Leader


Betty Gillies:WAFS Pilot

by Sarah Byrn Rickman


Amazon


Non-fiction: History,

Science, Research

A treasury of toys from the last two centuries.


Exploring the History of Childhood and Play

by Susan A. Fletcher


Amazon

As instructive as it is harrowing.


Sand Creek and the Tragic End of a Lifeway

by Louis Kraft


Amazon


A remarkable story of humanitarian aid


Yanks Behind the Lines

by Jeffrey B. Miller


Amazon

A special time

in a special place.


That Championship Game

by Jody Pritzl


Amazon


Non-fiction:

Lifestyle, Travel, How-To

Write better. Write faster.


8 Weeks to a Complete Novel

by Becky Clark


Amazon

10 lessons from a jigsaw puzzle.


Peace by Piece

by Laurel McHargue & Nadine Collier


Amazon

A discovery and exploration guide.


Essential Denver

by Lisa J. Shultz


Amazon


Young Adult

One summer to live.


The Summer of the Fetch

by Todd Fahnestock


Amazon

A clash between the "haves" and the "have nots."


Irish Town

by Matthew John Meagher


Amazon

Just one of those amazing WWII pilots.


Betty Gillies: WAFS Pilot

by Sarah Byrn Rickman


Amazon

Fight together

or lose everything.


The Forge of Bonds

by Wendy Terrien


Amazon


Middle Grade

The healing power of kindness.


Mr. Figgletoes' Toy Emporium

by M.J. Evans


Amazon

It was the summer of 1943...


V de la victoria

by Teresa R. Funke

translation by Gloria Garcia Diaz


Amazon

A journey through the aftermath of abuse.


When You Know What I Know

by Sonja K. Solter


Amazon


Children's Picture or Chapter Book

Everyone can dance.

Everyone.


I Will Dance

by Nancy Bo Flood


Amazon

Diversity appreciation,

now with activities!


Wings & Feet Activity Book

by Lisa Reinicke


Amazon

Tongue twisters that teach.


Would You Like A

Giant Ginger Garbula

by Virginia K. White


Amazon


Book Cover Design

Green Horses on the Walls

by Cristina A. Bejan


Cover Design by Cristina A. Bejan and Elizabeth Maines McCleavy


Amazon

The Diamond Diva Vendetta

by Jodi Bowersox


Cover Design by Tristan Bowersox


Amazon


Irish Town

by Matt Meagher


Cover Design by Kateri Kramer


Amazon

Short Fiction


"Molly"

by Daniel Ginsberg

MysteryTribune


"Wild Tales"

by Barb Lundy

ShotGunHoney.com


"Farhi and the Crystal Dome"

by Daniel A. Willis

DXVaros

Poetry (1-3 poems)


Carolyn Evans Campbell

"Darwin and Me and the Sea"

Quadrant

"Hop-Along Hunter"


Valerie A. Szarek

"Soar Ready"

"There's No Place"

"Christmas Cactus"


Kathryn Winograd

"The the Three Ducks Flying Beneath the Dog Star"

CascadiaPublishingHouse

Non-Fiction Articles

(Journalism, Research, Scholarly)

 

"Two Colorado Women and

an Invisible Rabbit"

by Mimi Pockross
ColoradoHeritageMagPg20

 

"Chosin Reservoir Campaign:

Battle Perspectives from Marines

Who Were There"

by Irv Sternberg
MCA-Marines

 

"Weird Bird Parts"

by Mary Taylor Young

Essays

 

"My Pegasus"

by Lou Dean
Magzter

 

"The Viral Life of Plants... and Everything Else"

by Gary Raham

ColoradoGardener

 

"The Girl from Coke"

by Carol Ann Wilson
UnderTheGumTree

Blogs

 

"Lame History Classes, Meeting O.J., and My Reckoning with Racism"

by Eliza Cross
Blog post

 

"An Elegant Haunt"

by Buffy Gilfoil
Blog post

 

"Mudlarking"

by Sheri Cobb South
Blog post

CAL Authors Release New Books!

A timeless coming of age story

with an unforgettable heroine

Find it on Amazon


What if Prince Albert had been

assassinated in 1842?

Buy it on Amazon



Sharing the good news of the resurrection

in a way that children will love.

Check it out on Amazon

When fiction collides with

cold hard crime.

Look for it on Amazon


A tangled web of deception and duplicity

Get yours on Amazon

Some safety in the north,

but in the south, a storm is brewing

Check it out on Amazon



Full of amazing activities

sure to entertain!

Find it on Amazon







When your dreams of 1st century Rome

may be more than dreams.

Get yours on Amazon

Draw your own conclusions.

Buy it on Amazon

The end of a life, the end of the world or the beginning of something else.

Find it on Amazon

And Publish Essays, Articles, and Poems!

Carol Wilson ponders the fate of Hong Kong in her essay, "The Fireworks in Hong Kong" published in the literary journal, The Write Launch.

Jennie MacDonald's poem Seaglass was published in the Literary Journal, Riddled With Arrows


Recent Articles
CAL Member News

CONGRATULATIONS TO CAL MEMBERs WHO ARE COLORADO BOOK AWARD FINALISTS!!


For a complete List: Colorado Humanities

Winners announced June 26th.


Memories in the Drift

by Melissa Payne

General Fiction


Wesley Yorstead Goes Outside

by Stephanie Harper

General Fiction


Tower of the Four 1-3

by Todd Fahnestock

Sci Fi / Fantasy



Heartbreak Kennel

by Cary Unkelbach

Biography


I Will Dance

by Nancy Bo Flood

Children's Literature


Yanks Behind the Lines

by Jeffrey B. Miller

History



The Bad Old Days of Colorado

by Randi Samuelson-Brown

History


When You Know What I Know

by Sonja K. Solter

Juvenile


Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

by Fleur Bradley

Juvenile

Gone To Darkness

by Barbara Nickless

Mystery


Custodian of the Spirits

by Bronwyn Long Borne

Romance


The Burn Patient

by Sue Hinkin

Thriller

CAL Authors In Action

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

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

In the difficult summer of 2020, CAL authors rose to the occasion with the Little Library Book Bomb!

Dozens of authors donated their books to Little Free Libraries all over Colorado. Way to go, CAL!


Watch our slideshow and read the Little Library article 2020 from the Denver Post

Slideshow
Book Bomb Participants
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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. 


Christmas Booth

Celebrating 90 Years

Marian Castle

Born in Illinois, in 1896, Marian (Johnson) Castle grew up in small Midwest towns. Her writing career began with a sixth grade story entitled What the School Clock Saw at Night. Castle took a year out from her studies at the age of 16 to teach in a county school in northern Wisconsin. In 1920, she received a Ph.B. (Bachelor of Philosophy) degree from the University of Chicago. Health problems brought Castle to New Mexico. There she met and married Edward Carrick Castle in 1924. They moved to Denver, Colorado soon after the wedding. She wrote western romance stories under the male pseudonym Monty Castle.  Read More  














Read about Thomas Hornby Ferril, first Colorado Poet Laureate.

Lillian de la Torre,
Early CAL Member

 

During the 1940s, de la Torre began her writing career in earnest. After a year's absence in 1945, working as a technical advisor to 20th Century-Fox in Hollywood, she began to write mystery stories. Her 1946 collection of Dr. Sam Johnson stories were well received. She held board positions in national and local writers organizations. A regular contributor to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and the Armchair Detective, she also reviewed books. Her byline appeared in The New York Times and the New Republic, and local newspapers. Read More

Mary Coyle Chase

Pulitzer Prize Winner


In 1944 the Colorado Authors League awarded Denver playwright Mary Chase with the William McLeod Raine Award for her blockbuster play about a slightly tipsy gentleman named Elwood P. Dowd and his six-foot invisible rabbit friend Harvey. The year after, she received the Pulitzer Prize in Drama over Tennessee Williams's iconic play The Glass Menagerie. Today she remains the only Coloradan to have received this honor. In her lifetime Mary Chase published fourteen plays, three screenplays, and two award-winning children's books. Read More

CAL Writing Awards




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.



2021 Awards announcements: May 10

Virtual ceremomy: July 17



Contest Info & Entry

Mary Taylor Young,

recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

Interview

Book Trailer




The Colorado Authors League held their first-ever virtual awards ceremony on the evening of June 7, 2020 to announce the winners of the 79th Annual CAL Writing Awards. You can see a complete list of finalists and watch the video right here!


Awards Finalists

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