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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!

Congratulations to the CAL members who are first place winners

in the Colorado Independent Publishers Association's Evvy Awards!



by John Dwaine McKenna



The Mars Heir

by Jodi Bowersox


Literary and Contemporary Fiction

The Perfect Stranger

by Gregory SETH Harris


Thrillers / Suspense

The Diamond Diva Vendetta

by Jodi Bowersox


Travel / Outdoors

Essential Denver

by Lisa J. Shultz


CAL Authors Release New Books!

Is the enemy real or imagined?

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Not everyone in the U.S. Military was rooting for America in 1942

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The past and the present in one beautiful book!

Vale faces the Four alone.

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Imagine a world where a blood sacrifice is required for the simplest cure

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The thirst for power and money breeds evil.

Check it out on Amazon

Six summers with Hemmingway

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We all have trouble fitting in sometimes.

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A deadly secret is buried in the Colorado high country

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Is going to school a grave mistake?

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And Publish Essays, Articles, and Poems!

Jennie MacDonald is participating in this year's National Audio Theatre Festival, where her hardboiled detective monologue, "Late Night at Sam's," will be performed by the talented Guy Williams. Jennie's scary doll story, "Inheritance," is a part of One Night Stand Theatre's audio production.

Among the people who've placed flowers at the memorial outside a Boulder grocery store is poet Valerie Szarek of Boulder. She lost a friend in the shooting, Suzanne Fountain. Szarek was thinking about the tulips she placed. About the job she was asking them to do. The weight they'd carry. And she wrote a short poem about them -- in three parts. Tulips

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Congratulations to all 2021 CAL 1st Place Award Winners!

Watch the Awards Video right here!

Fiction: Mainstream/Literary

 An absurd, lyrical, satirical parable.

The Perfect Stranger

by Gregory SETH Harris


Fiction: Mystery (Crime/Suspense)

A savage killer on the loose in Denver.

Gone to Darkness

by Barbara Nickless


Fiction: Mystery (Cozy)

One sour grape could kill her business!

Killer Chardonnay

by Kate Lansing


Fiction: Action/Adventure

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

Brother, Can You Spare a Crime?

by Sheri Cobb South


Fiction: Historical

When coming of age comes too soon.

Falling Forward

by Pat Benedict Jurgens


Fiction: Romance

A case of mistaken identity turns a Brazilian vacation deadly.

The Diamond Diva Vendetta

by Jodi Bowersox


Fiction: Science Fiction

Not your average Sasquatch story!

The Sasquatch Series

by L.V. Ditchkus


Fiction: Fantasy

What's a bit of blood among friends?

Tower of the Four Episodes 1-3

by Todd Fahnestock


Fiction: Paranormal/Horror

A haunted hotel with lingering guests.

Ghost Tour

by Claryn Vaile



Glimpses of God from

Life's Roller Coaster.

Beauty From Ashes

by Kristen Paris


Poetry Collection

A landscape ravaged by war.


by Kika Dorsey


Non-fiction: Biography/Memoir

Adapting to life with epilepsy

Grand Mal

by Robert V. Dodge


Non-fiction: History

A treasury of toys from days gone by.

Exploring the History of Childhood and Play

by Susan A. Fletcher


Non-fiction: History

As instructive as it is harrowing.

Sand Creek and the Tragic End of a Lifeway

by Louis Kraft


Non-fiction: Lifestyle

Write better. Write faster.

Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel

by Becky Clark


Young Adult

Fight together

or lose everything.

The Forge of Bonds

by Wendy Terrien


Picture Book

Everyone can dance.


I Will Dance

by Nancy Bo Flood


Middle Grade

A journey through

the aftermath of abuse.

When You Know What I Know

by Sonja K. Solter


Cover Design

Irish Town

by Matthew John Meagher

Cover Design by Kateri Kramer


Short Story

"Farhi and the Crystal Dome"

by Daniel A. Willis


Single Poems

Valerie A. Szarek

"Soar Ready"

"There's No Place"

"Christmas Cactus"


"Chosin Reservoir Campaign"

by Irv Sternberg



"The Girl from Coke"

by Carol Ann Wilson


Blog Post

"My Reckoning with Racism"

by Eliza Cross

Blog post

Two CAL Members To Be Inducted Into The Colorado Authors' Hall of Fame

Denver Post Article

Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Ph.D.

A longtime member of the Colorado Authors League, Penny Rafferty Hamilton's writing reflects her passions–aviation, Western heritage, and women's history. Penny calls Granby, Colorado home.

A world-record-setting aviator, Penny focuses on aviation and aerospace. She authored America's Amazing Airports, Inspiring Words for Sky and Space Women, and 101 Trailblazing Women of Air and Space. Hamilton earned numerous journalism, education, business, and aviation awards. For more than 25 years, her "Penny the Pilot" program has been a cornerstone in many schools teaching preschoolers and elementary children about the history of women in aviation and she received the Champion of

Aviation Education Award for her work. Penny also authored the popular Western history book, A to Z: Your Grand County History Alphabet. She donates 100% of this popular book's net proceeds to promote local history projects. ABC-TV in Denver recognized her with its Everyday Hero award in 2009.

Penny's ground-breaking Teaching Women to Fly Research Project findings were published in the Human Resource Development International proceedings and in the International textbook, Absent Aviators: Gender Issues in Aviation. Penny is a Laureate of both the Colorado Aviation and Women's Halls of Fame. Books of note include: Arcadia Images of America Around Granby and Absent Aviators: Gender Issues in Aviation.

Patricia Raybon
Patricia Raybon says her father wouldn’t say no.

No, you can’t be a writer. No, you can’t climb a mountain. No, you’re a brown-skin girl in a color-struck world. So go for something safe. Something small. Something easy. Instead, her Dad bought her a typewriter. Shiny blue plastic. A Christmas surprise. Better than a Barbie. Or ice skates. Instead, she got the plastic blue Remington. That sealed it. 

Lifelong Colorado resident Patricia is an award-winning author, essayist, and novelist who writes top-rated books at the daring intersection of faith and race. Her notable books include My First White Friend, her racial forgiveness memoir, which won the Christopher Award; I Told the Mountain to Move, her prayer memoir on her struggle to learn to pray, a Book of the Year Finalist in Christianity Today Magazine in 2006. Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace, written with her younger daughter, educator Alana Raybon.

Patricia’s newest writing adventure is writing mystery series about a prim, clever, Black female theologian, solving murder and crime in Colorado’s dangerous Klan era. All That Is Secret, An Annalee Spain Mystery, releases October 2021, from Tyndale House. Patricia’s essays on faith and race have been published in the New York Times magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, USA Weekend, Guideposts, In Touch magazine (In Touch Ministries), Christianity Today, the Washington Post’s Acts of Faith and aired on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition. Patricia lives with her husband Dan, a retired educator. They love movies, gardening, and biking with their two grown daughters, a son-in-law, five
grandchildren and their “grand dog” Max.

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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

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CAL books are on GoodReads!

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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



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     

William Edmund Barrett,
Early CAL Member


Barrett served as CAL’s president from 1943–1944. Born in 1900 in New York City, William published his first poem at age 15. Barrett attended Manhattan College. In 1916, he moved to Denver, Colorado. In 1923, Barrett became the Rocky Mountain advertising manager for Westinghouse, which he held until 1929. After that, Barrett wrote full-time.

Three of his novels became films: The Left Hand of God, Lilies of the Field, and  Pieces of Dreams, based on his novel, The Wine and the Music.Read More

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

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

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

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