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Panel Helps Prepare Authors for CAL Writing Contest

Posted on August 19, 2015 | in Events | by

Freelance  Workshop 9-13-2014 003As you consider entering the 2016 Colorado Authors’ League writing awards competition or reflect on past awards, have you ever wondered:

• What a contest judge is looking for when he or she reads your work and decides whether or not it’s prize-worthy?
• What distinguishes a winner from other finalists?
• If judges read your entire book or piece of writing?
• If different criteria apply to different genres?

And have you ever wondered:

• What makes a good contest entry?
• How to decide which category is best suited for the work you want to enter?

These are the kinds of questions the Colorado Authors’ League’s first program of the 2015-16 season will address on September 12.

9-2015-panelLarry 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 more effectively and achieve more sales.

The 2016 CAL Awards entry period opens soon – December 1, 2015 – and closes January 31, 2016. To encourage submissions, anyone who registers for the September 12 program will receive a $10 rebate on the contest entry fee when they submit their entry and pay that entry fee. (See the CAL Web site for contest categories, rules and other details.)

“CAL’s writing contest has grown dramatically in recent years, and the awards have become among the most prestigious recognition Colorado writers can earn,” said CAL president Mike Madigan. “So it’s a natural to provide insight into the judging process and help prospective entrants understand how to make their entries more compelling and increase their chances of success.”

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.

Please click on the PayPal button below to register. 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. For information, please contact Programs Chair Denny Dressman at or 303-717-7301.

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