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Everyone can dance.


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1 agoraphobic man

+ 1 vivacious delivery woman

= a whole new life

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A remarkable story of

humanitarian aid

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A girl's journey through the

aftermath of abuse.

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Hunting ghosts and solving the case

all before checkout.

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She crossed an ocean,

why not a continent?

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She lost her unborn child.

And her short term memory.

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What's a little bloodshed

among friends?

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Investigations into an elite Denver club

reveals an unexpected darkness.

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She watched him die, but it seems

the psychopath is back from the dead.

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In the nineteenth century,

Colorado was not for the faint of heart.

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A riveting account

of unimaginable neglect.

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CAL Authors Release New Books!

A timeless coming of age story

with an unforgettable heroine

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What if Prince Albert had been

assassinated in 1842?

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Sharing the good news of the resurrection

in a way that children will love.

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When fiction collides with

cold hard crime.

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A tangled web of deception and duplicity

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Some safety in the north,

but in the south, a storm is brewing

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Full of amazing activities

sure to entertain!

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When your dreams of 1st century Rome

may be more than dreams.

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Sometimes honor gets in the way.

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Will magic bring them together

or push them apart

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And Publish Essays, Articles, and Poems!

Carol Wilson ponders the fate of Hong Kong in her essay, "The Fireworks in Hong Kong" published in the literary journal, The Write Launch.

Jennie MacDonald's poem Seaglass was published in the Literary Journal, Riddled With Arrows

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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

In the difficult summer of 2020, CAL authors rose to the occasion with the Little Library Book Bomb!

Dozens of authors donated their books to Little Free Libraries all over Colorado. Way to go, CAL!

Watch our slideshow and read the Little Library article 2020 from the Denver Post

Book Bomb Participants
Where can I find CAL books?

CAL books are on GoodReads!

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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

Thomas Hornby Ferril,

first Colorado Poet Laureate 

Poet Thomas Hornsby Ferril was a founding board member Colorado Authors League. Born in 1896, Ferril graduated from Colorado College. He worked for Great Western Sugar Company as publicity director for more than 40 years. He and his wife Helen also published the weekly Rocky Mountain Herald from 1939 to 1972. Ferril remained active in Colorado’s writing community and was appointed Colorado’s first Poet Laureate in 1979.
Ferril’s poetry engages the American West through science and mythology. Read More


Lillian de la Torre,
Early CAL Member


During the 1940s, de la Torre began her writing career in earnest. After a year's absence in 1945, working as a technical advisor to 20th Century-Fox in Hollywood, she began to write mystery stories. Her 1946 collection of Dr. Sam Johnson stories were well received. She held board positions in national and local writers organizations. A regular contributor to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and the Armchair Detective, she also reviewed books. Her byline appeared in The New York Times and the New Republic, and local newspapers. Read More

Mary Coyle Chase

Pulitzer Prize Winner

In 1944 the Colorado Authors League awarded Denver playwright Mary Chase with the William McLeod Raine Award for her blockbuster play about a slightly tipsy gentleman named Elwood P. Dowd and his six-foot invisible rabbit friend Harvey. The year after, she received the Pulitzer Prize in Drama over Tennessee Williams's iconic play The Glass Menagerie. Today she remains the only Coloradan to have received this honor. In her lifetime Mary Chase published fourteen plays, three screenplays, and two award-winning children's books. Read More

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.

2021 Awards announcements: May 10

Virtual ceremomy: July 17

Contest Info & Entry

Mary Taylor Young,

recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award


Book Trailer

The Colorado Authors League held their first-ever virtual awards ceremony on the evening of June 7, 2020 to announce the winners of the 79th Annual CAL Writing Awards. You can see a complete list of finalists and watch the video right here!

Awards Finalists

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