CAL authors set a record for number of entries for this year’s CAL awards, and we are please to announce the 39 finalists selected in 12 categories. Southwest Writers, the Albuquerque-based writing group that judged our entries had high praise for the quality of work from Colorado authors, recommending a strong list for recognition, and setting the stage for a outstanding awards banquet on Friday, May 6, 6 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott-Denver Cherry Creek. Tickets for the banquet – where CAL will also be celebrating it’s 85th birthday – are available online at coloradoauthors.org. Finalists will participate in “The Best of CAL” book readings at The Tattered Cover BookBar in late April and early May, so look for the schedule and come support your fellow CAL authors.
The 2016 Colorado Author’s League finalists
(in alphabetical order, by category):
Poetry, single poem–Art Elser, Denver, “My Band of Brothers”, Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Vol. 4: Southeast Missouri State University Press. Karen Weinant Gallob, Crawford, “Aspen,” Blue Sage Press. Dan Guenther, Morrison, for two separate entries, “To the Orchid Hunter” and “When the Owl Came to Gunnamatta Park”, Quadrant.
Poetry, collection–Art Elser, Denver, “Three Poems in Prey Tell: An Anthology of Poems about Birds of Prey”, Owl Moon Raptor Center. Lois Beebe Hayna, Montrose, MI, “Moon-Hung Midnights”. Beverly Jones, Fort Collins, “Where You Live”, Penstemon Publications; and, Gail Waldstein, Denver, “The Hauntings”, Swan Scythe Press.
Blogs–Andrea M. Jones, Cañon City, “Between Urban and Wild”. Carol McKinley, Golden, “Batman Theater Shooting Trial: Notes from Courtroom”. Mimi Pockross, Denver, “Mimi’s Caregiving Commandments, One, Two, Three and Four”.
Feature Articles-Jon Ackerman, Parker, “An Unlikely Approach”, Mile High Sports Magazine. Denny Dressman, Englewood, “From Boulder to Bowl Championships”, Colorado Avid Golfer. Jen Reeder, Durango, “A New Breed of Therapy”, Modern Dog.
Essays–R. Gary Raham, Wellington, “To New Beginnings”, Fort Collins Coloradoan. Patricia Raybon, Aurora, “After Charleston”, Christianity Today. Jen Reeder, Durango, “I Donated My Kidney to My Husband”, XOJANE.
Children’s–Claudia Cangilla McAdam, Highlands Ranch, The Mermaid’s Gift, Pelican Publishing. Judith Robbins Rose, Centennial, Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco, Candlewick Press. Mariko Tatsumoto, Pagosa Springs, Ayumi’s Violin, Ichiban Books.
Young Adult–M.J. Evans, Foxfield, “In the Heart of a Mustang”, Dancing Horse Press. Nancy Bo Flood, Glenwood Springs, “Water Runs Through This Book”, Fulcrum Publishing. Beverly Jones, Ft. Collins, “War Bonds – Remembering One Small Town in America During World War II”, Penstemon Publications.
General Non-Fiction— Robert V. Dodge, Denver, Andrea and Sylvester: Challenging Marriage Taboos and Paving the Road to Same Sex Marriage, Algora Publishing. Heather Hansen, Boulder, Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bear, Mountaineers Books. Mike McPhee, Denver, Dana Crawford – 50 Years Saving the Soul of a City, Upper Gulch Publishing.
Creative Non-Fiction— Carolyn Evans Campbell, Evergreen, Flying with El Condor, Virtual Bookworm. Maggie McCann Pike, Centennial, A Chardonnay a Day, Vignettes that Bring Cheer, Willow Creek Publications. R. Gary Raham, Wellington, Confessions of a Time Traveler, Penstemon Publishing. Carol Ann Wilson, Boulder, Because We Wanted to: Two Women, a Dream, and a Ranch Called Singing Acres, CreateSpace.
Short Fiction—Lawrence Dunning, Denver, The Sycamore Tree, Prime Number Magazine. Sharon Cairns Mann, Denver, for two separate entries, “Cowboy Heart” and “Knife River Flint”, from the collection, Tesserae: A Mosaic of Story, Alacrity House Publishing.
Mainstream Fiction— R.J. Stewart, Boulder, Then Comes a Wind. Cynthia Swanson, Denver, The Bookseller, Harper. Maura Weiler, Denver, Contrition, Simon and Schuster/Infinite Words.
Genre Fiction— Chris Goff, Pueblo, Dark Waters, Crooked Lane Books. Jennifer Kincheloe, Denver, The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, Seventh Street Books/Prometheus. Bruce Most, Denver, Murder on the Tracks, Black Opal Books.