Colorado Authors League Contest


Sure, your mom loved it. But will your peers honor your work? Enter the Colorado Authors’ League’s 2009 contest honoring the finest writing in the state.

Make room in your trophy case! It’s time to enter the 2009 CAL Awards for work published in 2008.

Why enter? The Colorado Authors’ League Awards are among the most prestigious writing awards in the region. Previous winners represent the best of western writers in all fields of writing, as judged by their peers and professionals in the field. As in recent years, recipients will be honored at the Awards Banquet in the Spring in Denver, and will receive cash prizes, an engraved plaque and 25 gold seals from promotional purposes.

Need More? Winners may anticipate exposure for their work throughout 2009. Press releases on finalists and winners will go out to newspapers, letters of notification will be sent to the finalists’ and winners’ editors, and finalists and winners will be highlighted at all literary events in which CAL participates.

The DEADLINE for entry is February 28, 2009. You must be a CAL member in good standing to enter (there is still time to join or to send in that renewal – application must be made by January 31, 2009) and the entry fee is $25.

Quick! How do I enter? Everything you need to know is at<>. Go there right now to get started on your entry. Make your mom proud!

IN ADDITION, we need judges! 30 to be exact-two per category. Anyone interested in serving as a preliminary judge in any category (other than a category you are entering), please contact Christine Goff, CAL Awards Chair at 303-393-1846 or<>.

Categories include:


1. Mainstream

2. Genre

3. Middle Grade/Young Adult

4. Children (picture books and early readers)

Short Fiction:

5. Adult

6. Young Adult/Children

Book Length Nonfiction:

7. General Nonfiction

8. Creative Nonfiction

9. How-to NonFiction

10. Young Adult/Children

Nonfiction Articles:

11. Adult Feature

12. Adult Essay

13. Young Adult/Children


14. All forms

Specialty Writing (anything the author doesn’t believe fits in any other category)

15. Any published work the author believes is not covered by any other category (i.e. non-print media, scripts, newsletters, brochures, calendars, etc.)

Your moment in the spotlight is waiting…Good luck!


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