Panel Prepares Writers for CAL Writing Contest

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Panel Helps Prepare Authors for CAL Writing Contest

Have you ever wondered just what exactly contest judges are looking for? Or just where your book or freelance article fits into categories in the annual Colorado Authors’ League contest? Or how different judging criteria might apply to different categories?

These are the kinds of questions a panel of judges and experts will address in CAL’s first program of the 2015-16 season on Sat., Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Larry Greenly, president of the Southwest Writers Group, which has judged CAL’s writing contest for several years, will be the featured speaker on a panel that also will include Peg Brantley, last year’s contest chair; Jerry Mitchell, this year’s contest chair; and past CAL president and CAL Award winner Mary Taylor Young, who will speak to how winners and finalists can leverage their success to market and achieve more sales.

The 2016 CAL Awards entry period opens Dec. 1, 2015 and closes Jan. 31, 2016. Anyone who registers for the Sept. 12 program will receive a $10 rebate on the contest fee when they enter. (Go to coloradoauthor.org for contest categories, rules and details.)

The program will be held at Colorado’s Finest Alternative High School, 300 W. Chenango Ave. in Englewood. Doors will open at 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:30 and ending not later than 12:30. There is ample free parking at the school.

Registration is open now on the CAL Web site. CAL members who register by September 9 pay $20, and non-members $30. The member price increases to $30 at the door the day of the program, and the non-member charge to $40.

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