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WINNERS NAMED IN CAL 2009 TOP HAND AWARDS

June 2, 2009

WINNERS NAMED IN COLORADO AUTHORS’ LEAGUE 2009 TOP HAND AWARDS

The Colorado Authors’ League named winners in 13 categories in the 2009 Top Hand Awards, honoring books written in 2008. In two categories, authors tied for first place.

“What do Clive Cussler, Margaret Coel and Wick Downing have in common? First, they are all members of the Colorado Authors League. And, second, they’ve all been honored with the Top Hand Book Award that is given each year to outstanding authors who are members of CAL. Winning one not only says you are GOOD, but puts one in glorious company,” says Judith Briles, CAL president.

Winners received cash prizes, recognition plaques and CAL contest winner book seals.

2009 Colorado Authors’ League Top Hand Award Finalists

Mainstream Fiction – Tie

A Thousand Veils by D. J. Murphy

Neptune’s Chariot by Irv Sternberg

Genre Fiction

Dark Harvest by Lynda Hilburn

Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction – Tie

The Trials of Katie Hope by Wick Downing

Fact of Life #31 by Denise Vega

Children’s Fiction

Clue School, The Ghost in the Music Room by Phyllis J. Perry

Adult Short Fiction 

“The 405 is Locked Up” by Manuel Ramos

General Nonfiction

It Happened in RMNP by Phyllis J. Perry

Creative Nonfiction

Disappearing Destinations by Heather J. Hansen 

How-to NonFiction

The Caregiver’s Choice by Elaine Long

Young Adult/Children

Seize the Story by Victoria Hanley 

Adult Feature Article

Final Roundup by Joy Overbeck 

Adult Essay NonFiction

“Out in the Cold” by Julene Bair 

Poetry

Omniscient Eye by Bruce Berger 

Specialty Nonfiction Writing 

One Gay, One Straight (Film) by Carol Grever 

The Colorado Authors’ League (CAL) is the state’s premier organization of professional writers. Established in 1931 to “foster the art and craft of authorship,” the Colorado Authors’ League boasts more than 250 professional writers, including authors of adult fiction and nonfiction, magazine journalists, children’s book writers, playwrights, and poets. For more information on CAL and the Top Hand Awards, visitwww.ColoradoAuthors.org<http://www.coloradoauthors.org/>.

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RMFW Contest for Novel Length Fiction

April 2, 2009

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2009 Colorado Gold Writing Contest is now OPEN.

Polish up the first twenty pages of your manuscript and hone that eight page synopsis.

Electronic submissions are now being accepted.

Deadline is June 1, 2009.

There are FIVE categories: Mainstream, Mystery, Romance, Action/Thriller, and Speculative Fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror).

The Final Round Judges are:
Mystery – Charlotte Cook, editor, Komenar Publishing
Speculative Fiction – John Helfers, editor, 5 Star
Mainstream – Jenny Rappaport, agent, Rappaport Agency
Romance – Becca Stumpf, agent, Prospect Agency
Action/Thriller – To Be Announced

For more information, rules, and an official entry form, go to rmfw.org and click on the Writing Contest link.

Colorado Romance Writers Conference

March 22, 2009

When: Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2

Where: Radisson Graystone Castle, 83 E. 120th Ave., Northglenn, CO

Conference Website: http://www.coloradoromancewriters.org/conference.html

Special Guest Speakers:

Keynote: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Luncheon: Dianna Love

Closing: Mary O’Gara

Other Guest Presenters: Sue Grimshaw, Jeanne Stein, Lynda Hilburn, Robin Owens, Esri Rose, Pamela Clare, Melissa Mayhue, Jeff Strand, Lynne Hansen, Lindsey McGurk, Kathy Williams, Melissa Schroeder, Margie Lawson, Janet Lane, Lynda Sandoval,  Margaret Huth, Deb Stover, Teresa Bodwell, Sally McKenzie . . . and more.

Agent and Editor appointments available.

Book signing (open to the public) 4:30-6 p.m., Friday, May 1

Early Bird Rate until April 15.

CAL Top Hand Awards Deadline Extended

February 26, 2009

Great news about the Colorado Authors League 2009 Top Hand Awards:
*** Only one author of a work must be a CAL member. We realize that not all authors or contributors to a work qualify to be CAL members. Effective immediately, only one author must be a CAL member.
*** New Deadline – Monday, March 9, 2009. We’ve extended the deadline for all entries.
This is your year! Go to www.Coloradoauthors.org<http://www.coloradoauthors.org/> and click on the CAL Awards link. Everything you need is right there waiting for you, so what are you waiting for?
Best of luck to all authors in the Colorado Authors’ League 2009 Top Hand Awards!

Writers Studio Contest

January 16, 2009

5th Annual Writers Studio Literary Contest

First place winners in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction each win
$250, publication in ACCs literary magazine, Progenitor, and a guest
invitation to our yearly Literary Festival in April. The winners are
invited to read their work at the festival.

Deadline: Feb 2, 2009

General Guidelines

* Contest open to all Colorado residents

* Fiction and Creative Nonfiction–original, unpublished
manuscripts should not exceed 20 pages typed, double-spaced.

* Poetry: submit up to three original, unpublished poems per one
entry fee.

* A $10 entry fee is required. $7 for registered ACC students.
Please make checks payable to Arapahoe Community College.

* If you submit in more than one genre, please include
additional entry fees for each submission..

For submission information go to:
http://www.arapahoe.edu/deptprgrms/eng/writerscontest.html

Kathryn Winograd, Ph.D.

Writers Studio Coordinator

Arapahoe Community College

phone: 303 797 5815

email: kathryn.winograd@arapahoe.edu

Go to Writers Studio
<http://www.arapahoe.edu/deptprgrms/eng/writersindex.html>

THE 2009 SANDY WRITING CONTEST

January 14, 2009

Less than a month to polish up your entry for The Sandy Writing Contest for unpublished writers! Sponsored by the Crested Butte Writers. Fantastic Editor/Agent Final Judges and cash prizes. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to impress one of these final judges! Tell your critique partners and all your writing friends! The deadline is Feb. 17th, 2009.

Eligibility and Rules can be found at http://www.thesandy.com

Categories & Final Round Judges Romance — Adam Wilson, Assistant Editor, MIRA Mainstream Adult Fiction — Katherine Nintzel, Editor, William Morrow/ Harper Collins Suspense/Thriller — Alex Logan, Editor, Grand Central Fantasy/Science Fiction — Cameron McClure, Agent, Donald Maass Agency Children’s YA — Kaylan Adair, Associate Editor, Candlewick

Call for Judges – Top Hand Awards

January 5, 2009

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 http://coloradoauthors.org/Site/CalAwards.php<http://coloradoauthors.org/Site/CalAwards.php> 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 chris@christinegoff.com<

mailto:chris@christinegoff.com>.

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:

Fiction:

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

Poetry

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.)

Deadline Jan 31 for Poetry and Fiction Contests

January 3, 2009

Saturday, Jan. 31, is the deadline for entries into both the Thomas Hornsby Ferril Poetry Prize and the Flashbulb Fiction Award.

The FERRIL contest has two categories, student (entry fee $10) and professional (entry fee $20). Two cash prizes will be given in each category, $150 and $100, and each winner also will receive a one-year membership in the Denver Press Club. The first-place winners will be invited to accept the award and read in the company of Colorado’s best-known poets and dignitaries at the 2009 Ferril benefit reading on May 22. QUESTIONS: questions@FerrilPrize.info INFO and RULES: http://www.ferrilprize.info/

Make checks payable to the Denver Press Club and mail entries to Ferril Poetry Prize, c/o the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, Denver CO 80204.

The FLASHBULB FICTION AWARD: Each entry should be no more than 500 words and should relate in some way to the state of Colorado. The Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop and the Denver Press Club co-sponsor this award. Cash prizes: $150 and $100, and each winner also will receive a one-year membership to the DPC.

The first-place winners also will be invited to read at the May 22 event. The entry fee is $15. Make checks payable to the Denver Press Club and mail entries to Ferril Poetry Prize, c/o the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, Denver CO 80204. Questions: questions@FlashbulbAward.info. Info: www.flashbulbaward.info

Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest

December 21, 2008

Announcing the 2009 Pikes Peak Branch National League of American
Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest
A complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer

Deadline: Postmarked by March 2, 2009
Entry fee: $10.00
Prizes: 1st $75; 2nd $40; Judge’s Merit $15.00
Theme: “Everything was perfect”
Flash fiction is a complete, but very short story of 100
words or fewer. The title is not included in the word count. The
story must pertain to the theme, “Everything was perfect.” All
genres are welcome, and multiple entries may be submitted. An entry
fee is required for each entry. No poetry. A self-addressed,
stamped envelope must be included. Winners will be notified by or
before April 15, 2009. For complete rules and entry blank please go
to www.nlapwcolorado.org. (click Pikes Peak branch, then contests)

Carol Caverly
Flash Fiction Contest Chair
86 Rising Sun Ter
Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Colorado Authors League Awards

December 5, 2008

The TOP HAND Awards are back!

In days of yore, the best cowboy on a Colorado ranch was honored with the Top Hand award. That lucky rounder won cold, hard cash, plenty of whiskey and braggin’ rights forever.

The winners of the 2009 Colorado Authors’ League Top Hand Awards will get the cash, the liquor, a nice plaque and gold seals for their books. While a cowboy probably wouldn’t have much use for an engraved plaque, we’re sure he’d put the stickers on his saddle!

Most important, CAL’s Top Hands will be award-winning authors forever!

Are you a Top Hand? It’s time to enter the 2009 Colorado Authors’ League Top Hand 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. Since 1931, a significant mark of professional achievement for Colorado authors has been the peer recognition of a Top Hand Award.

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.

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.

Categories include:

Fiction:

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

Poetry

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.)