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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.

Read CAL's Statement on AI


June 22 Mountain of Authors, CO Springs

July 21 CAL Awards Celebration

Nov 22-24 Denver Christmas Show

Dec. 7-8 Georgetown Christmas Market

Dec. 14-15 Georgetown Christmas Market

Retail Opportunities Calendar

Colorado Conference Calendar

April 18-21, 2024 Readers Take Denver

April 19-20, 2024 American Christian Fiction Writers Conference

April 24-26, 2024 Pikes Peak Writers

July 19-20, 2024 Writing Heights Conference

Aug 23-24, 2024 Castle Rock Writers Conference

Sept 27-29, 2024 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Margi J Evans

Margi Evans has been named CAL's 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Michael Peever

Michael Peever, with the Colorado State Library, has been named CAL's 2024 Author Advocate

Introducing the CAL Speakers' Bureau

Are you searching for a speaker for your special event or book club? Look no further! Click HERE to find a Colorado author to fit your needs.

In the spotlight: Talya Rotbart


I am named after the heroine of a dime novel that my mother read while pregnant with me. Maman’s own childhood and schooling ended in France under Nazi occupation. Nightly, when I was growing up, she read to me, impersonating all the storybook characters with gusto. Like a spell, her narrative voice was entrancing. My imagination was fired up.

As an adult, I see potential children’s books almost everywhere I turn. For me, the act of writing is engrossing.

My earliest children’s books were written for family and friends. Then, helping my husband, Dean, research and write a nonfiction biography of a Canadian couple, I fell in love with the true-life childhood escapades of Dean’s adult protagonist, Riyaz Adat. I had to turn his capers into a series of children's books.

Riyaz, a free spirit, was raised by Ismaeli Muslim parents of Indian descent in Tanzania. School proved too confining for him, so one time, the nine-year-old and a couple of schoolmates played hooky — walking, hitchhiking, and train hopping hundreds of miles on their own from Dar es Salaam to Mt. Kilimanjaro. Thus was born The Adventures of Riyaz series and its first installment, The Boy Who Answered

the Call of Kilimanjaro.

Each book immerses readers in the magical world of Tanzania, with its expansive parks, natural wildlife habitats, tropical rainforests, savannas, and a rich inheritance of multiculturalism and culinary delights.

The first book in the Adventures series has been translated into multiple languages, including an English/Swahili version that is being used to teach English to students of an impoverished school in Arusha, Tanzania.

All my stories draw a moral conclusion. It is thrilling for children to read about characters making mistakes just like they do. We all learn and grow from our blunders.

My latest book project is about a boy who loves soccer so much that without permission, he takes over his neighbor's prized backyard garden as a soccer field and winds up crushing many of the plants. He is surprised that his neighbor doesn’t accept his standard “get-out-of-trouble” apology word, “sorry.” My character, Marco, ultimately learns what a sincere apology is and

what he must do to make amends. I can’t wait to have it come to life.

The search for a talented local illustrator is on. Writing and publishing a book is a team project, and I am fortunate to have one. My son, an educator and historian, has a great time editing (my English is still “creative” after all these years). The layout and design are made by my very talented daughter, who is a professional photographer and book designer. And I continue to collaborate with my husband on both adult nonfiction and children’s volumes.

To my fellow dreamers and authors, keep writing; don’t stop, even if the majority of your stories only serve to delight you, as do mine. It’s the journey, not the destination.

Congratulations to CAL Members Named As Finalists

in the Colorado Book Awards!

The Colorado Book Awards are presented by Colorado Humanities and Center For the Book.

Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other: A Love Story


Brynn & Sebastian Hate Each Other

by Bethany Turner

Autumn of the Big Snow


Autumn of the Big Snow

by Lou Dean

Not Quite Dead Geniuses at Large on an Angry Planet

Sci Fi / Fantasy

Not Quite Dead Geniuses At Large on An Angry Planet

by R. Gary Raham

Surviving Daybreak

Young Adult

Surviving Daybreak


Kendra Merritt

Paradise Undone

Historical Fiction

Paradise Undone


Annie Dawid

Did you miss our gift show appearances?

2024 booth Evans, Woodward

You can still get great books by CAL authors!

Check out the CAL Genre Pages for buy links and author websites.

2024 booth Anderson, Bowersox, Scheuermann, Frisbie

The CAL Awards

The CAL Awards are now closed. They will reopen for a new submission year on Nov. 1, 2024

The CAL Awards isn't just about books. We also have categories for published Poetry, Essays, Short Stories, Articles, Illustration, Plays, Screen Plays, and Cover Design!

Find out more HERE

Finalists will be announced in June.

CAL Awards Celebration will be held in July.

Barb Lundy was the 2023 CAL Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Watch Barb at the Awards

Watch past CAL Celebration videos

79th Annual CAL Awards, presented by Jodi & Kevin Bowersox

80th Annual CAL Awardss, presented by Jody Pritzl

81st Annual CAL Awards, presented by Jodi Bowersox, Laurie Marr Wasmund, and Claire Fishback

82nd Annual CAL Awards, presented by Jodi Bowersox, Laurie Marr Wasmund, and Kathryn Winograd

CAL Racks in Colorado Springs and Lakewood

Support these businesses that support CAL

5670 N. Academy Blvd

Colorado Springs

Third Space Rack

Located in the

Colorado Mills Mall

14500 W. Colfax Avenue

Lakewood, CO

Perfect Gift book rack

Nowhere near our book racks?

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

Autographed books make a great gift year-round. Contact authors directly to get signed copies.

CAL Authors Release New Books!


A small town’s deadly past is exposed

Buy Your Copy Here


What can go wrong when an angel and a demon go on vacation?

Find it Here!


What is a life worth?

Available on Amazon


Her truth could start a war…or set her heart free.

Buy yours today!


A world where technology knows no bounds but friendship proves timeless.

Buy Your Copy Here


Sometimes the sun can melt even the iciest of hearts.

Find it on Amazon


A mix of tried and true wisdom (adapted from God’s Word) and modern advice

Available on Amazon

There may be a way to find a future in the ruins of a desolate world. If you don't die trying, that is.

Buy Your Copy Here


She was counting on a miracle and one deluded Dragon. Was she out of her mind? 

Buy yours today!


A late night call sends Selina Moonstone to track down a Wendigo and exterminate it.

Available on Amazon


 A story of mass migration as relevant today as it has been since humans walked out of Africa.

Available on Amazon


Heroism in the face of danger and what it means to be a Christian witness. 

Buy yours today!


A Mexican kidnapping and baby smuggling scheme.

Buy Your Copy Here


A magical quest within a hidden world.

Buy yours today!

Dreamer. Wannabe. Overnight success. Catastrophic failure. Writer.

Buy Your Copy Here

And Publish Plays, Essays, Articles, and Poems!

Cassi Clark Ward-Hunt has published her first short story, "The Woman Who Planted Men" at

Read it here!

An Interview with CAL poet and former Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison can be found at:


Gregory SETH Harris' poem "After the Flood" was published by Lightwood.

Kathryn Winograd's essay, "Mist Nets: After the Uvalde Shooting," is now posted at Another essay, "Floating in the Riparian," can be read at Shanti Arts!


Theresa Crater's story "Sugar Plum Faeries," part of the Spirit Springs series can be found at On Winter Solstice, can Willow find the Heart of Spirit Springs in time to save the town's magic?

An essay by Petra Perkins, "What Oppenheimer Didn't Show," appears in Elephant Journal. Find it here: 


What is Bibliotherapy

  • Storytelling has been integral to the human experience for over 40,000 years.
  • Reading fiction can build empathy, enhance theory of mind, and improve social skills.
  • Research shows that bibliotherapy can help children overcome anxiety, depression, and aggression.

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