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Congratulations CAL Award Winners!

Posted on May 10, 2015 | in Awards and Scholarships | by

2015-CAL-Winners-2Winners of the Colorado Authors’ League 2015 Writing Awards, announced Friday, May 8, are back left to right: Mark Stevens, Denver, Genre Fiction; Ellen Nordberg, Louisville, Essays; Jerry Mitchell, Littleton, Mainstream Fiction; Julene Bair, Longmont, Creative Nonfiction; Denny Dressman, Englewood, Feature Articles. Front: Mary Taylor Young, Castle Rock, General Nonfiction; Lydia Gil, Centennial, Children’s book; Lois Beebe Hayna, Montrose, Mich., Poetry; and Sharon Cairns Mann, Denver, Short Fiction. (Not pictured,Linda LeBlanc, Westminster, Young Adult.) Photo by Allison Hiltz

Lois Beebe Hayna, still one of Colorado’s most prolific and successful writers at 102 years old, won the 2015 Colorado Authors’ League prize for Poetry. The former resident of Colorado Springs, who traveled from her new home in Montrose, Mich., to accept the award, was among the winners in 10 categories announced at CAL’s annual banquet on Friday night, May 8. Ms. Hayna won for her latest book of poems titled Lagniappe. Last year CAL honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Bestselling adventure author and CAL member Clive Cussler accepted this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Denver author Mark Stevens took the prize in Genre Fiction for his novel Trapline, third in his Alison Coil mystery series. J.M. Mitchell of Littleton won the award in Mainstream Fiction for The Height of Secrecy, about politics and wildfire inside national parks. Mary Taylor Young of Castle Rock, one of Colorado’s best-known nonfiction authors, won in General Nonfiction for her coffee table book Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years.

The complete list of 2015 Colorado Authors’ League Writing Awards winners are (click here to download the slide show of the winners):

Poetry—Lois Beebe Hayna, Montrose, MI, Lagniappe (pub. Lois Beebe Hayna)

Feature Articles—Denny Dressman, Englewood, Next on the Tee: Lewis & Clark (Colorado Avid Golfer magazine)

Essays—Ellen Nordberg, Louisville, The Ambivalent Mother (Flatirons Literary review)

General Nonfiction—Mary Taylor Young, Castle Rock, Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years (Farcountry Press)

Creative Nonfiction—Julene Bair, Longmont, The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning (Viking/Penguin)

Children’s—Lydia Gil, Centennial, Letters From Heaven (Arte Publico Press)

Young Adult—Linda LeBlanc, Westminster, No Summit Out of Sight (Simon & Schuster)

Short Fiction—Sharon Cairns Mann, Denver, Pockets (Progenitor Art & Literary Journal of Arapahoe Community College)

Mainstream Fiction—J.M. Mitchell, Littleton, The Height of Secrecy (Prairie Plum Press)

Genre Fiction—Mark Stevens, Denver, Trapline (Midnight Ink)

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