For a second straight year CAL set a record for numbers of entries and categories judged for the CAL Writing Awards. There were 39 finalists selected in 13 categories. Southwest Writers, the Albuquerque-based writing group that judged our entries, again had high praise for the quality of work from Colorado authors. They are recommending a strong list for recognition, and setting the stage for an outstanding awards banquet on Friday, May 5, 6 p.m. at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada. Tickets for the banquet are available now -sign up here! This year’s featured speaker is Drew Litton, award-winning sports cartoonist and creator of ‘win, lose & DREW.’
In addition to the thirteen category winners to be announced at the banquet, CAL will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the CAL Writing Awards. We will also honor this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Phyllis J. Perry, author of 87 titles, including children’s and adult books and works of poetry. Phyllis joins previous year’s winners including 2016 winner, mystery writer Margaret Coel, 2015 winner, adventure/thriller writer Clive Cussler, and 2014 winner, poet Lois Beebe Hayna. Jim Kroll, Manager of the Western History and Genealogy Department at Denver Public Library will receive CAL’s Author Advocate Award.
The 2017 CAL Writing Award finalists (authors in alphabetical order, by category) are:
Poetry, single poem—Carolyn Evans Campbell, Evergreen, “A Love Story”, New Millennium Writings. Carol Grever, Boulder, “Stones”, Create Space. Dan Guenther, Morrison, “Among the White-Barked Gums”, Quadrant Magazine. Varerie A. Szarek, Louisville, “Letters to an Unknown God”, Encore: Prize Poems 2016.
Poetry, collection—Art Elser, Denver, “High Plains Register, 5 poems”, High Plains Register. Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Placerville, “Even Now: Poems & Drawings”, Lithic Press.
Blogs—Sharon Cairns Mann, Denver, “Swindled”. Susan J. Tweit, Cody, WY, “Susan J. Tweit Blog”. Claire Walter, Boulder, “Culinary Colorado”.
Feature Articles—Jon Ackerman, Parker, “Most Valuable Mike”, Mile High Sports Magazine. Denny Dressman, Englewood, “These Guys Can Rake”, Mile High Sports. Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Ph.D., Granby, “Paul Amen, 1916-2005: A Legend in Banking and Baseball”, Nebraska Bankers Association. Mary Taylor Young, Castle Rock, “The Embodiment of Wild”, Colorado Outdoors.
Essays—Lou Dean, Dinosaur, “Lost in the Storm” Guideposts. Page Lambert, Golden, “Mother Tongue”, Sojourns, Peaks, Plateaus, and Canyons Association. Ellen Nordberg, Louisville, “Telling My Twins Their Birth Story Changed Their Relationship”, Multiples Illuminated. Susan J. Tweit, Cody, WY, “No Species is an Island”, Center for Humans & Nature.
General Non-Fiction—Jane Bock, Loveland, “Forensic Plant Science”, Academic Press. Abraham M. Nussbaum, Denver, “The Finest Traditions of My Calling: One Physician’s Search for the Renewal of Medicine”, Yale University Press. William Wei, Boulder, “Asians in Colorado: A History of Persecution and Perseverance in the Centennial State”, University of Washington Press. “
Creative Non-Fiction—Carol Grever, Boulder, “Turnings: Reflections on a Conscious Life”, Create Space. Tanja Pajevic, Boulder, “The Secret Life of Grief: A Memoir”, Abbondanza Press. Sandra Windsor, Denver, “FBI Wife: A Memoir”, Abbott Press.
Children’s Fiction—Aaron LaPedis, Denver, “A Boy Named Penguin & His Great Adventure”, Attila Publishing. Nancy Oswald, Cotopaxi, “Trouble Returns”, Filter Press. Kathleen T. Pelley, Greenwood Village, “Happy Mamas”, Child Welfare League of America.
Young Adult—M.J. Evans, Foxfield, “The Stone of Mercy: Book 1 of the Centaur Chronicles”, Dancing Horse Press. Nancy Bo Flood, Glenwood Springs, “Soldier Sister, Fly Home”, Charlesbridge Publishing. Leslea Wahl, Greenwood Village, “An Unexpected Role”, eLectio Publishing.
Childrens/Young Adult Nonfiction—Daniel Ginsberg, Denver, “African American Heritage”, Ginsberg Publications. Beth Walker, Boulder, “Princess Monori”, Our Golden Hour.
Mainstream Fiction—Sheldon Friedman, Englewood, “The Velvet Prison”, Custom Book Publications. Darin Gibby, Lone Tree, “Gil”, Koehler Books. JB Winsor, Boulder, “The Punishments”, Boulder Digital Publishing, LLC.
Genre Fiction—Sara Hoffman, Fort Collins, “Finding Baby Ruth”, Ingram Sparks. Barbara Nickless, Colorado Springs, “Blood on the Tracks”, Thomas and Mercer. Kevin Wolf, Littleton, “The Homeplace”, St. Martins Press.
eBook—Rex Burns, Boulder, “The Better Part of Valour”, Tirgearr Publishers. Carol Grever, Boulder, “Turnings: Reflections on a Conscious Life”, Create Space.