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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!


Or almost...

The CAL Co-op Booths will be making a comeback for the 2021 Colorado Country Christmas Gift Shows held in Denver at the Convention Center Nov. 5-7 and at the Colorado Springs Event Center Nov. 19-21.


Get your coupons HERE, and come on out and shop!!



The BigHorn Book Nook is Back!

As part of the Georgetown Christmas Market 2021

When: Two Weekends in December: Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12

Time: Open 9 am-4pm

Where: The Community Center, Georgetown CO


Reserve your spot now as a book vendor.

Contact Jerry Fabyanic: for details


Get thee to Georgetown in December and buy books for all the readers on your Christmas list!

In the spotlight: Virginia White

When I wonder how I went from a struggling reader to guiding AP Literature students toward success on the exam to becoming a published author, I realize it was sheer determination and hard work, both inspired by my parents.

As a kid I loved stories. Reading them was a challenge because I was never taught phonics. Through trial and error I taught myself what I could and eventually found myself reading with a flashlight under the covers after it was “lights out.”

My confidence in reading and writing can be attributed to Mr. Kloefkorn during my sophomore year in college. When I received an A on my original short story and he told me that I should submit it to The Flintlock, Wesleyan’s literary magazine, I decided I might actually have strength in my writing. By my senior year, I decided I wanted to write stories for children. I wanted them to be fun as well as educational.

I was armed with what I thought would be the answer for struggling readers after I received my Master’s Degree. Boy, was I wrong. The students taught me! I had two classes of “Leisure Learners” who did not want to take English, a four-year requirement. Trial and error again and then one day a student came in and said. “I think you’ve got it, Mrs. White.” Yea for me.

I developed the class further and put it into two more schools. I moved on to teach World Humanities, Creative Writing, AP Literature, and Freshman English. I became the English Department Coordinator in two schools. I was hired to develop an English curriculum at Eaglecrest High School before we actually moved to Colorado.

The idea of writing my own poems and stories began with the reading of both. Use of language intrigued me. Words gave me a vision. I wanted to be able to create a vision with my own words.

Not only does reading inspire me, but I love to observe—people, actions, dialogue, any details that develop a character or a scene. I wonder what goes on inside a person’s head or inside a house. What IS that story?  What is the motivation for characters to do what they do?  My imagination has a good time with possibilities. 

Ideas come to me in the shower, in the car, right before I go to sleep, when I watch a movie, when I read –anything! I jot ideas down, let them simmer, and then I play with various scenarios until something clicks. The best time for me to express those ideas is early morning. It’s quiet and I feel refreshed. 

There is something inside me that urges a story. After I play with a number of “what ifs,” I flesh  out the “what if” I think works the best—again and again until I feel it is a good fit. I try them out on others and make changes if I think that is the best avenue. It pleases me to know that my words and ideas have made a positive impact upon the reader.

Besides reading and writing, I enjoy spending time with my family and three rescue cats.

Virginia has lived in South Dakota, Nebraska, South Carolina, Nebraska again, and Wyoming before settling in Colorado, where she has lived with her husband Warren for 31 years. She taught at Eaglecrest until 2002 then transferred to Cherry Creek High School before retiring in 2008. She has two daughters and three grandchildren. She won this opportunity for a spotlight in our newsletter and on the website by reading the most pages of books by CAL authors during our CAL Summer Reading Program.

CAL Writing Awards

Submission period: Nov 1-Jan 31

Eligibility: You must be a CAL member to enter (See Membership tab above)

Categories: Multiple categories are judged from essays, articles, and poetry to full-length novels.

2022 Awards announcements: May /June

Awards ceremomy: July

Contest Info & Entry

Joe Nigg

recipient of the 2021

Lifetime Achievement Award


Watch past Award Ceremonies

79th Annual CAL Writing Awards Video

hosted by Kevin and Jodi Bowersox

80th Annual CAL Writing Awards Video

hosted by Jody Pritzl

CAL Authors Release New Books!

A different perspective on an old story.

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This fateful night could be a new beginning.

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The adventure of a girl with a special gift for shaping what things become.

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How do you unmask a killer you're getting paid to protect?

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Get your flabber gasted in the impossible traveling mines of Oon!

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Forced to run into a frightening future.

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No place is safe.

There's nowhere to hide.

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Think, laugh, reflect, and wonder;

rediscover the forgotten self.

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She made a place for herself in a man's world.

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A teenage girl takes on a man's world to make a difference.

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While unraveling sinister motives, will Annalee become a victim, too? 

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True stories of historic women aviators and female astronauts of the world.

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A Valentine's getaway is on the rocks when a winemaker discovers a body.

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Who is an enemy? Who is an ally?

Is there honor among wolves?

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It's not polite to eavesdrop,

but it can be profitable.

Buy it on Amazon

And Publish Plays, Essays, Articles, and Poems!

The Scholarship, a play written and performed by Cristina A. Bejan and James Brunt will be presented by the Dramatists Guild on Zoom Oct. 23, 11 am-1 pm MT. Registration is required. More information

Two CAL Members To Be Inducted Into The Colorado Authors' Hall of Fame

Denver Post Article

Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Ph.D.

A longtime member of the Colorado Authors League, Penny Rafferty Hamilton's writing reflects her passions–aviation, Western heritage, and women's history. Penny calls Granby, Colorado home.

A world-record-setting aviator, Penny focuses on aviation and aerospace. She authored America's Amazing Airports, Inspiring Words for Sky and Space Women, and 101 Trailblazing Women of Air and Space. Hamilton earned numerous journalism, education, business, and aviation awards. For more than 25 years, her "Penny the Pilot" program has been a cornerstone in many schools teaching preschoolers and elementary children about the history of women in aviation and she received the Champion of

Aviation Education Award for her work. Penny also authored the popular Western history book, A to Z: Your Grand County History Alphabet. She donates 100% of this popular book's net proceeds to promote local history projects. ABC-TV in Denver recognized her with its Everyday Hero award in 2009.

Penny's ground-breaking Teaching Women to Fly Research Project findings were published in the Human Resource Development International proceedings and in the International textbook, Absent Aviators: Gender Issues in Aviation. Penny is a Laureate of both the Colorado Aviation and Women's Halls of Fame. Books of note include: Arcadia Images of America Around Granby and Absent Aviators: Gender Issues in Aviation.

Patricia Raybon
Patricia Raybon says her father wouldn’t say no.

No, you can’t be a writer. No, you can’t climb a mountain. No, you’re a brown-skin girl in a color-struck world. So go for something safe. Something small. Something easy. Instead, her Dad bought her a typewriter. Shiny blue plastic. A Christmas surprise. Better than a Barbie. Or ice skates. Instead, she got the plastic blue Remington. That sealed it. 

Lifelong Colorado resident Patricia is an award-winning author, essayist, and novelist who writes top-rated books at the daring intersection of faith and race. Her notable books include My First White Friend, her racial forgiveness memoir, which won the Christopher Award; I Told the Mountain to Move, her prayer memoir on her struggle to learn to pray, a Book of the Year Finalist in Christianity Today Magazine in 2006. Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace, written with her younger daughter, educator Alana Raybon.

Patricia’s newest writing adventure is writing mystery series about a prim, clever, Black female theologian, solving murder and crime in Colorado’s dangerous Klan era. All That Is Secret, An Annalee Spain Mystery, releases October 2021, from Tyndale House. Patricia’s essays on faith and race have been published in the New York Times magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, USA Weekend, Guideposts, In Touch magazine (In Touch Ministries), Christianity Today, the Washington Post’s Acts of Faith and aired on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition. Patricia lives with her husband Dan, a retired educator. They love movies, gardening, and biking with their two grown daughters, a son-in-law, five
grandchildren and their “grand dog” Max.

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Helping Students

In 2020, CAL members joined together to create Prompts For Young Writers, a book to inspire and launch great stories. Our authors also provided writing tips in the book available in both English and Spanish. To download this FREE Resource, Click here: Prompts Book.

Helping the Community

CAL authors often contribute to Little Free Libraries!

Little Library 2021

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CAL will participate in the 2021 Colorado Country Christmas Gift Shows in November. The Denver booth will be held Nov. 5-7 at the Convention Center. The Colorado Springs booth will be held Nov. 19-21 at the Event Center. Come on out and support Colorado Authors and buy some great books!

Note for authors: The booths are currently full, but we do have waiting lists started. Click for more details. 

Christmas Booth

Celebrating 90 Years



Wilson Rockwell


Known as the “Western Colorado historian” former CAL member Wilson Rockwell wrote several books. The titles include Uncompahgre Country; New Frontier-1938; Driftwood- 1940; No Way-1950; Sunset Slope- 1956; The Utes –a Forgotten People-1956; and Memoirs of a Lawman-1962. He contributed to many Colorado newspapers and magazines.  He also hosted several radio programs including- True Epics of Western Colorado and Frontier Reminiscences and the T.V. series Uncompahgre Frontier. Read More 

Read about Thomas Hornby Ferril, first Colorado Poet Laureate.

Read about Marian Castle     

William Edmund Barrett,
Early CAL Member


Barrett served as CAL’s president from 1943–1944. Born in 1900 in New York City, William published his first poem at age 15. Barrett attended Manhattan College. In 1916, he moved to Denver, Colorado. In 1923, Barrett became the Rocky Mountain advertising manager for Westinghouse, which he held until 1929. After that, Barrett wrote full-time.

Three of his novels became films: The Left Hand of God, Lilies of the Field, and  Pieces of Dreams, based on his novel, The Wine and the Music.Read More

Read about Lillian de la Torre

Frances Traher


Traher's professional career was distinguished by 7 Colorado Authors League Top Hand awards, and her spouse was internationally acclaimed mural painter William Traher (1908-1984).

During WWII, Frances was Continuity Director at KOY Radio in Phoenix, AZ. Working alongside announcer Steve Allen, who later became a popular TV personality. She oversaw station programming and hosted her own radio show.

She was best known for her feature articles in national art publications, as well as dozens of fiction stories exploring contemporary women's issues. Read More

Read About Mary Coyle Chase

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