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36 Finalists Named in CAL Writing Contest

Posted on April 3, 2015 | in Awards and Scholarships | by

CAL Writing AwardJudges of the Colorado Authors’ League 67th annual writing contest took the unusual step of naming 36 finalists—six more than the ten categories typically produce—when the preliminary results were announced Thursday. The reason? The judges, members of the SouthWest Writers based in Albuquerque, felt the superior quality of the entries deserved to be recognized, setting the stage for a dramatic awards banquet on Friday night, May 8.

Winners in the ten categories will be announced at CAL’s annual awards banquet at the Courtyard Marriott-Denver Cherry Creek. Tickets for the banquet, limited to 160, are still available online at coloradoauthors.org. Guest speaker will be bestselling Colorado author Sandra Dallas. In addition to the ten category winners who will be announced at the banquet, CAL will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to bestselling adventure/thriller writer Clive Cussler. Last year’s Lifetime honoree, poet Lois Beebe Hayna, is a contest finalist again this year at age 101. CAL will also present its Author Advocate Award to Margaret A. Coval and Josephine Jones of Colorado Humanities.

The categories in which more than three finalists were selected from this year’s record number of entries are children’s books (4), general non-fiction (5), creative non-fiction (5) and genre fiction (4).

CAL Writing Awards Finalists:

Feature Articles
Denny Dressman, Englewood, “Next on the Tee: Lewis & Clark”, Colorado Avid Golfer magazine
Joey Porcelli, Golden, “Cuba, Island of Contrast”, Colorado Expression
Jen Reeder, Durango, “Canine Crime Solvers”, Just Labs

Essays
Sharon Cairns Mann, Denver, “Divine Heat”, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Touched by an Angel
Ellen Nordberg, Louisville, CO, “The Ambivalent Mother”, Flatirons Literary Review
Susan J. Tweit, Salida, “To The VA Staff: Thank You For Your Service”, The Denver Post

Poetry (chapbooks)
Carolyn Evans Campbell, Evergreen, My Villages, Fireweed Press/Virtual Bookworm
Lois Beebe Hayna, Lagniappe, Lois Beebe Hayna
Valerie A. Szarek, Louisville, CO, Signs of Life, Breezy Mountain Press

Children’s
Lydia Gil, Centennial, Letters from Heaven, Arte Publico Press
Nancy Oswald, Cotopaxi, Colo., Trouble on the Tracks, Filter Press
Phyllis J. Perry, Boulder, Together, Custom Books
Nicole Weaver, Centennial, My Brother Is My Best Friend, Guardian Angel Publishing

Young Adult
Cheryl Carpinello, Littleton, Sons of the Sphinx, Beyond Today Educator
M.J. Evans, Foxfield, Colo., The Rising Mist, Two Harbors Press
Linda LeBlanc, Westminster, No Summit Out of Sight, Simon & Schuster

General Non-Fiction
Vera Dawson, Frisco, Cookies in the Clouds, Vera Dawson
John M. Hutchins, Lakewood, Coronado’s Well-Equipped Army: The Spanish Invasion of the American Southwest, Westholme Publishing
Jeffrey B. Miller, Denver, Behind the Lines, Milbrown Press
Michele Morris, Denver, A Taste of Washington: Favorite Recipes from the Evergreen State, Farcountry Press
Mary Taylor Young, Castle Rock, Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years, Farcountry Press

Creative Non-Fiction
Julene Bair, Longmont, The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning, Viking/Penguin
Bruce Berger, Aspen, The End of Sherry, Aequitas Books
Keith Ballard Brown, Denver, Sleeping In Trees, CreateSpace
Lou Dean, Dinosaur, Colo., On My Ass, High Plains Press
Gin Getz, Creede, The Last of the Living Blue, Norlights Press

Short Fiction
Lawrence Dunning, Denver, Mazatlan, Flatirons Literary Review
Sharon Cairns Mann, Denver, Pockets, Progenitor, Art & Literary Journal of Arapahoe Community College
J.B. Winsor, Boulder, Dutch Treat, Amazon

Mainstream Fiction
Gail Mencini, Greenwood Village, To Tuscany With Love, Capriole Group
J.M. Mitchell, Littleton, The Height of Secrecy, Prairie Plum Press
Theresa Rizzo, Erie, Just Beginning, Theresa Rizzo

Genre Fiction
Rex Burns, Boulder, Body Slam, Mysterious Press/Open Road
Wick Downing, Denver, The Widow of Dartmoor, MX Publishing
Lee Mossel, Parker, More Than 100% Dead, CreateSpace
Mark Stevens, Denver, Trapline, Midnight Ink

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