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Searching for Young Writers Conference Speaker
Sarah Sangosti is a kindergarten teacher at South Lakewood Elementary and has been a part of an elementary-teacher sponsored Young Writers Conference for 10 years. The YWC is held for kindergarten through 6th grade students, and its goal is to get elementary kids excited about being authors. Kids come and share their original writing with peers from many schools across Jefferson County. We also invite an author to speak to the kids, have a book fair, and have a Jeffco libraries summer reading club representative. Traditionally, we also have a Parent Workshop, where parents of participating students are invited to come and listen to advice from writers on how to help their children continue with their love of writing, where to get ideas, how to help their student writers and more. Any CAL volunteers who would be interested in volunteering their time to speak at the Parent Workshop the evening of May 2, 2017 from approximately 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood should contact Sarah at or 303-982-7325. There will be two sessions, and the content would be the same for both sessions. Please respond by the end of February.


Historical Fiction
Gibbs Smith, a publisher of forty-seven years, is seeking submissions for a new adult and children’s fiction venture to launch in fall 2018. We welcome completed historical fiction manuscripts, agented or unagented, set in North America—particularly those featuring Native American characters or lesser-known American historical figures or events. For detailed submission guidelines, please visit the website at and click “Contact Us”. Queries and submissions may be addressed to Fiction Acquisitions Team at

Seeking Scripts
Award and festival winning playwright and poet seeks scripts. Looking for short, 1-20 minutes, baseball themed plays to accompany my play, DUGOUT MEMORIES, to make a complete evening of baseball theme plays. Currently have not set a deadline. No restrictions on content except plays must have a baseball theme. Contact Jerry-Mac Johnston with questions or submissions.

Denver Writes
Kate Alderete is the program director for Denver Writes and would like to get in touch with local authors for the purpose of asking them to be guest lecturers and visitors at some of the organization’s workshops, after school programs and summer camps. Denver Writes is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing a creative outlet for kids ages 8-18. or 505-429-8407

Progenitor, Arapahoe Community College’s Art and Literary Journal, is looking for talented individuals throughout Colorado to submit finished works of prose, poetry, photography, and art for the upcoming 2017 edition. Progenitor has been published annually for over 50 years and has won numerous awards for content and design. Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2017. Submission information can be found at

Colorado Literary Network is a website devoted to promoting Colorado authors (website). It is currently and will always be a free service to authors and readers. The easiest way for an author to list themself and their books is to use the “Add my book” main menu item. From there, they fill out a single form with bio and book description. An author who wants full control over the content can create a login and use more advanced means to add and edit their content. Alternatively, an author can use “Add my book” and then create a login and “claim” the author entry. Disclosure: The website owner has an affiliate relationship with Kobo and may receive a commission on ebooks purchased from them via links on this site.

Windy Saddle Coffee Shop in Golden is seeking authors, particularly of children’s books and preferably from the Golden area, to participate in readings and signings. Contact Ursula at or 303-887-2876.

The “Authors Talk About It” podcast would like to include CAL authors in its lineup of author interviews. Rob Alex is moderator of the show, which originates from Colorado Springs and has reached the Top 10 in listeners on iTunes in the Literature category. “Authors Talk About It” features an interview with an author each day of the week. Authors who would like to be interviewed on the show should contact Rob Alex at or 303-815-3423. Authors are vetted before they are scheduled for an interview.

Local Editions, a new “mini-book store” in Longmont, opened in August 2015 at 2919 17th Ave. Owner Ron Vejrostek is seeking authors’ books for his Colorado-only stock. He will sell only on consignment, receiving 30% of sales. 303-776-0867 or

Covered Treasures Bookstore in Monument is seeking authors to open houses and book signing events. They need about a six to eight week lead time to organize a signing so they can get the advertising out in a timely manner.  If any CAL authors would like to do a signing next year with them, please contact them with your name, email, title and price of the book.
Paula Primavera, Manager
Covered Treasures Bookstore
105 Second Street, P.O. Box 1066
Monument,  CO  80132

Michele Morris is an award winning cookbook author and editor, and is available to assist others with cookbook and recipe editing.

Leah Wohlfarth graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Humanities, with a focus on world literature. “I love to read, and proof read. I was always editing papers for my friends, and classmates, during college, which naturally lead me to my editing internship. I interned in the editing department at Andrews McMeel publishing in Kansas City, Missouri. Here is where I knew I would LOVE to do this as a career. Here, I gained experience editing manuscripts for memoirs, fiction, children’s fiction, cook books, and puzzles. I have been freelancing since 2014, and have added editing romance novels and short stories to my resume. Comma editing has become my passion, and I want to work very hard to make it a success, and most importantly to help the authors I edit for succeed!” Contact Leah through her website or email and contact Leah about a free sample edit to see if her services are right for you.

Matthew McNulty founded McNulty Research Services and is available to do any historical research required for CAL member books. He is a professional librarian skilled in the art of research with over seven years of experience in the field. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your consideration. Matthew McNulty, MLIS


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