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Colorado Authors League 79th Annual Writing Awards Finalists and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

First-ever virtual awards ceremony on June 7th



The Colorado Authors League held our first-ever virtual awards ceremony on the evening of June 7, 2020. We are proud to announce the winners of the 79th Annual CAL Writing Awards and honoring this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, nature writer Mary Taylor Young.




Each spring since 1942 CAL has recognized multiple works across several different categories and genres and one author with a Lifetime Achievement Award. More than 90 CAL members submitted published works for consideration of this year's writing awards. Past Lifetime Achievement Award winners include poet Lois Beebe Hayna, children’s writer Phyllis Perry, and mystery writer Clive Cussler.


This year two of our members won Colorado Book Awards through the Colorado Center for the Book that were given out on May 30th. Harper McDavid won a Colorado Book Award in the Romance category for Zapata. Clive Cussler (deceased) and Dirk Cussler also won a Colorado Book Award in the Mystery category for Celtic Empire.


The Colorado Authors League Writing Awards Winners and Finalists


MAINSTREAM FICTION:

Winner:
Melissa Payne for “The Secrets of the Lost Stones” 

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CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK:

Winner: Linda Osmundson for “Papa's Changes”


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COOKBOOKS, TRAVEL, SELF HELP, HEALTH AND FITNESS:

Winner: Jody L. Pritzl for “A Story of American Made Christmas Ornaments”


Finalists: 

  • Marc Graham for “Runes for Writers, Destroy Writer’s Block”

  • Kim Murdock for “Feeling Left Behind: Permission to Grieve”

CHILDREN’S/JUVENILE:

Winner: Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl for “Merged” 

Finalists:

MYSTERY, CRIME, SUSPENSE:

Winner: Barbara Nickless for “Ambush”

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POETRY - COLLECTION:

Winner: Jared Smith for “That's How It Is”


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SCIENCE FICTION:

Winner: M.H. Boroson for “The Girl With No Face”

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POETRY - SINGLE POEM:

Winner: Valerie Szarek for “This Winter's Day”

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HISTORICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL:

Winner: Mary Taylor Young for “I Found You In The Mountains”

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SHORT STORY:

Winner: Amy Hempe for “Finding The Perfect Sandy”

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WESTERN:

Winner: Cindy Maynard for “Soyala”

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ESSAYS:

Winner:  R. Gary Raham for “Curing the Bindweed Blues”

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ROMANCE:

Winner: Harper McDavid for “Zapata”

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FEATURE ARTICLES:

Winner: Lou Dean for “Blue Mountain Summers”

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COVER DESIGN: ANY BOOK COVER, PRINTED OR E-BOOK:

Winner: Mary Taylor Young for “I Found You In The Mountains”

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SCREENPLAY/STAGE PLAY:

Winner: Bruce Leaf for “Pinto”

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