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January 31 CAL Awards deadline

February 11 The Expert Edge

June 11, 2023 CAL Awards at the Washington Park Boathouse

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Colorado Conference Calendar 2023

March 29-April 1 Christian Writers Conference/Retreat

March 30-April 2 Readers Take Denver

March 31-April 1 Write In The Springs Christian Writers Conference

April 28-30 Pikes Peak Writers

May 25-27 Northern Colorado Writers

Sept 8-10 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

CAL Awards

Submissions for the 2023 Awards are now closed.

Finalists will be announced in May.

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.

2023 Awards announcements: May

Awards ceremony: June

Awards Info

Bruce Most

recipient of the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award

Watch Bruce's Interview Video

Watch past Award Ceremonies

79th Annual CAL Awards Video

hosted by Kevin and Jodi Bowersox

80th Annual CAL Awards Video

hosted by Jody Pritzl

81st Annual CAL Awards Video

hosted by Jodi Bowersox, Laurie Marr Wasmund, and Claire L. Fishback

In the spotlight: Judy Kundert


Every author's journey is different. Samantha and the Legend of the Whispering Trees, a middle-grade novel, was the first book that started my writer's life. So many authors have a moment or person who inspired them. Mine was a Commercial Music Producer who came to Universal Recording Studio in Chicago to record his commercial jingles. One day as he was leaving the studio, he turned to me and said, “I had a dream about you last night - you should be a writer."

Then, I moved on from Universal Recording to a new employer at an advertising agency. One cold winter night after work, I was walking down Michigan Avenue, and a copyrighter from the agency stopped me on the street and then he said, "you should be a writer."

After receiving these two messages, I decided to explore writing and signed up for Screen Writing class at Columbia College, Chicago and received a third prompt to become a writer. My instructor was Paul Max Rubenstein, a former Walt Disney employee and co-author of Writing for Media. He gave me continual encouragement for my writing journey. The outcome of the class, my screen writing script became the source for my first women’s fiction novel. After I journeyed from Chicago to Denver, I joined a Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s critique group led by Mary Ann Kersten, a very talented inspiration for many Colorado authors.

Now I love the wonders of being a writer. I can research and explore new worlds, new ways to look at life, and new ways to share my discoveries in my children’s books and my women’s fiction novels. And I hope my books bring wonder to my readers.

My personal life influences my writing. My first women’s fiction is an outgrowth of my stewardess life in the 1960s.

Here is a Kirkus review for my first women’s fiction novel Sky Queen:

"Kundert paints a vivid portrait of Katherine's flight attendant world. A thoughtful and sensitively observed tale with a heroine whose adventures are worth following."

And my middle grade novels are my ideas about life to entertain and inspire middle grade kids to see wonders in the world.

Here’s a portion of Bestseller’s review for my new middle grade novel, Abigail and Sego’s Magical Train Ride:

“Abigail and Sego’s Magical Train Ride is a time warp story roller-coasting throughout the Transcontinental Railroad to the present time of 1976 while intermixing lifestyles, events, and influential people of both times. Adding supernatural assistance helps to explain the past in their current time while fulfilling a family’s lifelong dreams. Abigail and Sego’s Magical Train Ride

is a delightful romp for those of us over the half-century mark. Numerous references to people and events of a prior time are enjoyable to remember, such as Nancy Drew books, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Polar Express Line, Ted Nugent, Moon River, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and many references to our country’s western expansion.”


Did you miss our CAL Co-op Booths?

You can still get great books by CAL authors!

Check out our Genre Pages for ideas and contact an author for a direct purchase of an autographed copy. What could be a more unique gift?

2022 co-op booth, Robert, Tyler

CAL Racks in Colorado Springs and Lakewood

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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!

No Time For Murder

Death wasn't on the calendar.

Find it on Amazon

Cold Star

The first of twelve sci fi shorts

Check them out on Amazon

Essential Denver 2nd edition

Updated for the 2nd edition

Buy yours today!

The Slate Wizards

Only the Whisper Prince stands in the way of their conquest.

Check it out on Amazon

In The Family Way

A John Pickett Mystery

Find it on Amazon

A Light in the Forest

Even during the darkest of times, there's light in unexpected places.

Buy yours today!

Paxton Plays the Piccolo

Hold on to your dreams.

Check it out on Amazon

The Fear of Winter: Book One in The Fear Of Series

A haunting crime thriller

Find it on Amazon

The Reprise of Rooster Rockstar

Art with heart.

Buy it on Amazon

Battle for Eklatros

An unlikely group takes on an alien threat.

Check it out on Amazon

Lunar New Year

Discover all of the celebratory traditions

Buy it on Amazon

for where you go I will go

One family's journey to America

Check it out on Amazon

Death Hunts the Weak

Death becomes easy when hope is in finding the end of days.

Buy yours today!

Operation White Out

Another exciting Mac MacDowell Adventure

Check it out on Amazon

Dark of Night

A sacred lost treasure and poisonous retribution.

Check it out on Amazon

And Publish Plays, Essays, Articles, and Poems!

Amy Rivers' essay "What's In A Name?" was published by Modern Identity via Medium.

Robert V. Dodge published an article in the Journal of Indigenous Research: "Indigenous Americans Became Red: Racism as Justification for Exploitation of Native Americans."

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

Crisosto Apache has had two poem published in Thin Air Magazine: "Calm" and "Creating Golden Heliotropes in His Hands."

Carol Ann Wilson's essay "Live Oaks" was published by The Wrath-Bearing Tree, a literary journal founded by combat veterans and dedicated to issues of social justice and human resilience. 

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Helping Students

In 2020, CAL members joined together to create a book of writing prompts for students of all ages.

Paperback and Kindle versions available on Amazon

Download Options in English and Spanish

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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!


Registration has partially opened for the 2023 Colorado Gift Shows in November.

The Denver booth will be held Nov. 3-5 at the Convention Center.

The Colorado Springs booth will be held Nov. 10-12 at the Event Center.

Read all about it and how you can participate next year:

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