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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.

Read CAL's Statement on AI

UPCOMING EVENTS



July 21 @ 3pm 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


July 19-20, 2024 Writing Heights Conference


Aug 23-24, 2024 Castle Rock Writers Conference


Sept 27-29, 2024 Rocky Mountain Fiction 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.

Margi J Evans



Margi Evans has been named CAL's 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Michael Peever



Michael Peever, with the Colorado State Library, has been named CAL's 2024 Author Advocate

Congratulations to our CAL Awards Finalists

Book Cover Design: Children

In Search of Kin

Tap and Rap, Move and Groove

by Connie B. Dow


Cover Design

by

Colleen Pidel

In Search of Kin

Oski Becomes a Service Dog

by Chris Mandeville


Cover Design

by

L.B. Hayden

Book Cover Design: Adult-General



In Search of Kin

Unexpected Riches

by C.S. Boyll


Cover Design

by

Jacqueline and Ariane Peveto

In Search of Kin

Raven Woods: Smoke Signals

by Denise Gard


Cover Design

by

Denise Gard

In Search of Kin

Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other

by Bethany Turner


Cover Design

by

Sandra Chiu

Book Cover Design: Adult-Suspense

In Search of Kin

Time Agents: Complications

by Jodi Bowersox


Cover Design

by Tristan Bowersox

In Search of Kin

The Other Side of the Rainbow

by Julie Cordova


Cover Design

by

Julie Cordova

True Crime Redux

by Stephanie Kane


Cover Design

by Christine Van Bree

Illustration

Too Much cover

Tap and Rap, Move and Groove

by Connie B. Dow


Illustrations

by

Debbie Palen

Poop Theory

Too Much!

An Overwhelming Day

by Jolene Gutierrez


Illustrations

by Angel Chang

Poop Theory

Poop Theory: Find Your Pony

by Andrea Rudolph


Illustrations

by Jennifer Matthews

Articles

"Dwight Eisenhower:

America's First Pilot President"


by Penny Rafferty Hamilton

"Respiratory Distress in Pets:

Helping Clients Understand the Dangers and Signs"


by Roxanne Hawn

"Antidote to Truth"


by Carol Ann Wilson


Essays

"Memento Mori: Eulogy For Marilee"


by Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick

"Memento Mori: Eulogy For My Father"


by Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick

"Just Like Your Father"


by Carol Ann Wilson


Single Poems

"Contemplating a Statue of the Reclining Pan, Nimbin, 2012"


by Dan Guenther

"Sunrise on the Shortgrass Prairie"


by Dan Guenther

"HEAT"


by Petra Perkins

Short Stories

Shoot the Horses First

"Casting Grand Titans"

from Shoot the Horses First


by Leah Angstman

Anika and Edward

"The Light Ages"

from Shoot the Horses First


by Leah Angstman

Anika and Edward

"Anika and Edward"


by Stefan Scheuermann

The Forgotten Shifter Files

"Kami's Curse"

from The Forgotten Shifter Files


by Benjamin M. Weilert


Children

Monsters in the Briny

Monsters in the Briny


by Lynn Becker

Too Much cover

Too Much!

An Overwhelming Day


by Jolene Gutierrez

Cats

Cats


by J.B. Stockings

Middle Grade

Hawk's Cry: The Story of a Cheyenne Hero


by Luann Koester

Control Freaks

Control Freaks


by J.E. Thomas

Katie Cooper: Time Traveler

Katie Cooper: Time Traveler


by Bill E. Wright

Young Adult

Finding Fionn

Finding Fionn


by M.J. Evans

Charting the Course

Charting the Course


by Leslea Wahl

Spirited Book 1: No Accidents

Spirited: No Accidents


by S.M. Webb

Nonfiction: Biography/Memoir

Promise Me Christmas

Dr. Martha Cannon of Utah:

The Unexpected Victorian Life of America's First Female State Senator


by Joan Jacobson

In Search of Kin

True Crime Redux


by Stephanie Kane

Promise Me Christmas

Bluebird Seasons:

Witnessing Climate Change in My Piece of the Wild


by Mary Taylor Young

Nonfiction: General

Grace in the Wound

Grace in the Wound:

Finding Hope in Long-Term Grief


by Kathleen Hendricks

Photography and Schizophrenia

Photography and Schizophrenia


by Jean Manthei

Culturally Responsive Reading

Culturally Responsive Reading:

Teaching Literature for Social Justice


by Durthy A. Washington

Nonfiction: History

Promise Me Christmas

Dr. Martha Cannon of Utah:

The Unexpected Victorian Life of America's First Female State Senator


by Joan Jacobson

Disneyland on the Mountain

Disneyland on the Mountain:

Walt, the Environmentalists, and the Ski Resort That Never Was


by Kathryn Mayer & Greg Glasgow

Gold-Fated Family

Gold-Fated Family:

J.J. Brown--Husband of Unsinkable Margaret "Molly" Brown


by Jody Pritzl

Adult Fiction: Mainstream/Literary

Paradise Undone:

A Novel of Jonestown


by Annie Dawid

As Joan Approaches Infinity

As Joan Approaches Infinity


by Kika Dorsey

The Lion's Den

The Lion's Den


by Jerry Fabyanic

Adult Fiction: Fantasy/Paranormal

In Search of Kin

Personal Demons


by L.R. Braden

Rhenn the Traveler

Rhenn the Traveler


by Todd Fahnestock

In Search of Kin

The Truth Stealer


by Kendra Merritt

Adult Fiction: Historical

Louise and Vincent

Louise and Vincent


by Diane Byington

Esperanza's Way

Esperanza's Way


by Cindy Burkart Maynard

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After Anne: A Novel of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Life



by Logan Steiner

Adult Fiction: Thriller

WYONATION

Time Agents: Complications


by Jodi Bowersox



WYONATION

Wyonation


by Dallas Jones

Sinai Surrender

Sinai Surrender


by Jeff Lelek

Adult Fiction: Mystery-Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

In Search of Kin

Brittle Bones


by Paulla Hunter

In Search of Kin

Dying To Ride


by Lenore Mitchell


The Killer Without a Face


by Helen Starbuck

Adult Fiction: Mystery

Law Enforcement

Hunting the Truth

Hunting the Truth


by Kathleen Donnelly

Mamie's Well

Mamie's Well


by Daniel Ginsberg

Play of Shadows

Play of Shadows


by Barbara Nickless

Adult Fiction: Sci Fi

Crystal of Tears

Crystal of Tears


by A. James

Surviving Daybreak

Surviving Daybreak


by Kendra Merritt

Promise Me Christmas

Minimum Safe Distance


by X. Ho Yen

Adult Fiction: Romance

WYONATION

Time Agents: Complications


by Jodi Bowersox



Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other: A Love Story

Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other


by Bethany Turner

The Do-Over

The Do-Over


by Bethany Turner

Adult Fiction: Novellas

Promise Me Christmas

The Adventure of the Speckled Band... REVISITED


by Daniel Ginsberg

A Home For Christmas

A Home For Christmas


by Jean Jacobsen

Promise Me Christmas

Promise Me Christmas


by Gini Rifkin

Congratulations to CAL Members Named As Finalists

in the Colorado Book Awards!

The Colorado Book Awards are presented by Colorado Humanities and Center For the Book.

Gold-Fated Family

WINNER

Romance


Brynn & Sebastian Hate Each Other

by Bethany Turner

Autumn of the Big Snow

Romance


Autumn of the Big Snow

by Lou Dean

Not Quite Dead Geniuses at Large on an Angry Planet

Sci Fi / Fantasy


Not Quite Dead Geniuses At Large on An Angry Planet

by R. Gary Raham

Surviving Daybreak

Young Adult


Surviving Daybreak

by

Kendra Merritt

Paradise Undone

Historical Fiction


Paradise Undone

by

Annie Dawid

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

CAL Racks in Colorado Springs and Lakewood

Support these businesses that support CAL



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Colorado Springs

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14500 W. Colfax Avenue

Lakewood, CO


Perfect Gift book rack

Nowhere near our book racks?

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!

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An archeologist must stop a century-old crime to save his daughter.

Find it Here!





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A novel about the power of friends and family.

Find it Here!


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Can Darcy find answers before more innocent people are dragged into the violence?

Buy yours today!



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A collection of poetic snapshots of a long life, well lived.

Buy Your Copy Here



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A whimsical bedtime story.

Find it Here!



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They just have to find Tera. And make her a Giant killer.

Buy Your Copy Here






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Every choice has cosmic consequences.

Buy yours today!

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Jake is drawn ever deeper into a morass of treachery, danger, and tragedy.

Buy yours today!





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Will Khyven prevail? Or will he go to his grave along with everyone else?

Buy Your Copy Here


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If When Harry Met Sally had a love child with Gilmore Girls' Luke and Lorelai, you'd get Cole and Laila.

Available on Amazon


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Diplomacy has never been Alex’s strong suit…

Buy Your Copy Here

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A fascinating and meaningful integration of recovery ideas.

See it here!







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Lance Bear Wolf's Origin Story

Find it Here!







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When all hell breaks loose, Maddie knows she's going to have to cowgirl up to ride this rodeo.

Available on Amazon


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Amidst the chaos of war, a Valkyrie defies the gods to save a fearless warrior.

Buy yours today!


And Publish Plays, Essays, Articles, and Poems!

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

Read it here!




Carol Ann Wilson's nonfiction flash essay, "Trust," was published in April 2024 and can be found in HerStry. Her essay, "House of Mirrors" was published in the Spring 2024 volume of The Awakenings Review. You can read it here.

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 Terrain.org. Another essay, "Floating in the Riparian," can be read at Shanti Arts!

https://www.shantiarts.co

/SPAQ/SPAQ49/files/winograd.pdf

Theresa Crater's story "Sugar Plum Faeries," part of the Spirit Springs series can be found at https://amzn.to/4agV8Pk. 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: https://www.elephantjournal.com/2024/01/what-oppenheimer-didnt-show-petra-perkins/?fbclid=IwAR1zZcTl 


 


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In 2020, CAL members joined together to create a book of writing prompts for students of all ages.


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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

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