Call for Judges – Top Hand Awards


Each year, Colorado Authors’ League members produce some of the very best writing in the West. Since 1931, a significant mark of professional achievement for Colorado authors has been the peer recognition of a Top Hand Award from CAL. Winners will be honored at the Awards Banquet in the Spring in Denver.

Won’t you join us as a judge in the 2009 Colorado Authors’ League Top Hand Awards? You don’t have to be a CAL member to be a judge.

CAL is looking for contest judges for the preliminary and final rounds of the Top Hand Awards. Complete information, as well as a Judge’s Application, is on the Colorado Authors’ League website at<> Anyone interested in serving as a judge in any category (other than a category you are entering), may also contact Christine Goff, CAL Awards Chair at 303-393-1846 or<>.

Judges’ work will be concentrated during March and April. This is a great opportunity to spend some dark, chilly evenings reading Colorado’s best while you’re giving back to the Colorado writing community.

Thank you for considering the Colorado Authors’ League Top Hand Awards.

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.)


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