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CAL Announces Two New Awards for 2014

Posted on January 17, 2014 | in Awards and Scholarships, CAL News | by

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From L to R: CAL’s Margi Evans, Marti Stewart with Tattered Cover,
CAL President Vickie Bane, CAL’s Denny Dressman

Hey fellow CAL members,

Last night at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Lodo, we were pleased to announce two new awards that CAL will present in 2014 to celebrate our gifted writers and those who help us be even better at what we do: the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Author Advocate Award.

dennyThe CAL Lifetime Achievement Award will recognize the outstanding work, significant contributions and distinguished achievements of a CAL member during a long and successful career in the publishing arts. The basis for receiving the award: longevity in professional writing, the honoree’s body of work, including distinctions and honors, and the contributions to both CAL and the profession of writing.

Each year, the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be chosen by a select panel of five CAL past presidents. This year those judges include Doug Hawk, Pam Novotny, Leslie Petrovski, Sandra Lamb and Sally Stitch.

The nomination forms were handed out last night, and are included in this blog post as well as on our website under Awards. Nominations will be taken until March 1, 2014, and the winner will be appropriately honored at the CAL Banquet on Thursday, May 8th. We hope you will think about a person you know within our organization who is deserving of this honor and send in a nomination soon. Nomination forms can be found here on the CAL site.

vickie baneOur second award is the Author Advocate Award. Unlike the first award, this one will not be given annually, nor will it be awarded through a nomination process. Instead, it will be initiated by the CAL Board of Directors ONLY when the board decides there is a person worthy enough to receive the designation: Author Advocate – a person who supports and promotes the interests of all writers. Because of how important these advocates are to our success as writers, the CAL Board will select our first ever Author Advocate Award winner this coming March. This person will be recognized and celebrated for his or her very significant contributions to writing and writers within our state. The award will be presented at the May 8th banquet so that all of you can thank this honoree personally.

Look forward to seeing you at the banquet!
Vickie Bane

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