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Attention Book Illustrators and Cover Designers!

Colorado Authors League has long been about the business of storytelling, and now we’re opening our membership to include those who tell stories through art!

Book Illustrators and Cover designers, we invite you to apply for membership and take advantage of the rich benefits that CAL provides its members from friendship to promotion

to a chance to win your very own CAL award for Illustration or Cover Design!

We want to promote your work, click HERE to see just one of the ways.

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May 4 Spring Book Bash, CO Springs

June 22 Mountain of Authors, CO Springs

July 21 CAL Awards Celebration

Nov 22-24 Denver Christmas Show

Dec. 7-8 Georgetown Christmas Market

Dec. 14-15 Georgetown Christmas Market

Retail Opportunities Calendar

Colorado Conference Calendar

April 18-21, 2024 Readers Take Denver

April 19-20, 2024 American Christian Fiction Writers Conference

April 24-26, 2024 Pikes Peak Writers

May 19-20, 2024 Writing Heights Conference

Sept 27-29, 2024 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Sept 30, 2023 Castle Rock Writers

Introducing the CAL Speakers' Bureau

Are you searching for a speaker for your special event or book club? Look no further! Click HERE to find a Colorado author to fit your needs.

In the spotlight: Laurel McHargue


Ever since I was old enough to remember my wild and colorful dreams, I’ve told stories. I love the thrill of that smile, that raised eyebrow, that tilt of head telling me my tale is engaging.

After pursuing three semesters of literature and art at Smith College in Massachusetts (my home state), I craved bigger, broader challenges. The United States Military Academy at West Point offered more experiences than I could have imagined.

Upon graduation, my thirteen years as an Army Officer continued to provide story fodder, as did my years of teaching in the public school system after my children were older.

When my mother handed me a shoebox filled with letters my father wrote to his family while deployed with the Army during WWII, I knew the time had come to ditch paid employment and write books. Although I have yet to finish the book inspired by Dad’s letters, I committed myself to writing stories about life, real and imagined.

As my list of published works continues to grow, I’m excited about the stories I have yet to write. I thrive on fun challenges, so I’ll be writing in as many different genres as I’m inspired to for the rest of my life. And as long as I can make one person smile, laugh, cry, or cringe while reading my work, I’ll know I should keep writing. 

My debut novel–“Miss?”–is based on my first year as a 7th grade language arts teacher in a school that was shut down at the end of that year (I didn’t break it). It took me seven years to pull out my notebook of daily bullet points from that stressful year, and another year to create the novel based on my notes, but it was a labor of love that helped me believe I could do more.

Since that first (loosely fictionalized) novel, I’ve written several more, all inspired by people and dreams and the magical atmosphere surrounding me in Colorado. I’ve learned that although people say I write well, I know I can always improve. Writing communities, workshops, contests, conferences, and critique groups have helped me improve my craft.

I’ve also learned that creatives must have tough skins. Once a work is published, it belongs to consumers, and some consumers will never be completely satisfied. One negative review can invalidate twenty glowing ones if an artist/author allows it to, so don’t!

My story (and stories) will continue to evolve as I experience new things and challenge myself; there are worlds and genres I have yet to explore. My current WIP will take readers into a future where a Military Academy in an undersea metropolis will challenge more than our hero.

Thanks for your interest in my work!

Did you miss our gift show appearances?

2024 booth Evans, Woodward

You can still get great books by CAL authors!

Check out the CAL Genre Pages for buy links and author websites.

2024 booth Anderson, Bowersox, Scheuermann, Frisbie

The CAL Awards

The CAL Awards are now closed. They will reopen for a new submission year on Nov. 1, 2024

The CAL Awards isn't just about books. We also have categories for published Poetry, Essays, Short Stories, Articles, Illustration, Plays, Screen Plays, and Cover Design!

Find out more HERE

Finalists will be announced in June.

CAL Awards Celebration will be held in July.

Barb Lundy was the 2023 CAL Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Watch Barb at the Awards

Watch past CAL Celebration videos

79th Annual CAL Awards, presented by Jodi & Kevin Bowersox

80th Annual CAL Awardss, presented by Jody Pritzl

81st Annual CAL Awards, presented by Jodi Bowersox, Laurie Marr Wasmund, and Claire Fishback

82nd Annual CAL Awards, presented by Jodi Bowersox, Laurie Marr Wasmund, and Kathryn Winograd

CAL Racks in Colorado Springs and Lakewood

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You can still find great books by CAL authors. Check out our Genre Pages.

Autographed books make a great gift year-round. Contact authors directly to get signed copies.

CAL Authors Release New Books!


A small town’s deadly past is exposed

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New York City's unconventional superhero: Epilectra

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What is a life worth?

Available on Amazon


Sifting through secrets and chasing the Hope Diamond

Find it on Amazon


A world where technology knows no bounds but friendship proves timeless.

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Sometimes the sun can melt even the iciest of hearts.

Find it on Amazon


Detective Nick Severs of the award-winning series returns.

Buy Your Copy Here

There may be a way to find a future in the ruins of a desolate world. If you don't die trying, that is.

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Who wants their client dead? And why?

Buy yours today!


A late night call sends Selina Moonstone to track down a Wendigo and exterminate it.

Available on Amazon


They have a plan. Can they pull it off? Or is it too little, too late?

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Heroism in the face of danger and what it means to be a Christian witness. 

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A Mexican kidnapping and baby smuggling scheme.

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New from an award-winning poet

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Don't believe everything you read on the internet.

Available on Amazon

And Publish Plays, Essays, Articles, and Poems!

Cassi Clark Ward-Hunt has published her first short story, "The Woman Who Planted Men" at

Read it here!

An Interview with CAL poet and former Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison can be found at:


Gregory SETH Harris' poem "After the Flood" was published by Lightwood.

Kathryn Winograd's essay, "Mist Nets: After the Uvalde Shooting," is now posted at Another essay, "Floating in the Riparian," can be read at Shanti Arts!


Theresa Crater's story "Sugar Plum Faeries," part of the Spirit Springs series can be found at On Winter Solstice, can Willow find the Heart of Spirit Springs in time to save the town's magic?

An essay by Petra Perkins, "What Oppenheimer Didn't Show," appears in Elephant Journal. Find it here: 


What is Bibliotherapy

  • Storytelling has been integral to the human experience for over 40,000 years.
  • Reading fiction can build empathy, enhance theory of mind, and improve social skills.
  • Research shows that bibliotherapy can help children overcome anxiety, depression, and aggression.

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