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RMFW's PubCon 2017, Saturday, April 29, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Table Mountain Inn, Golden, Colorado. Come find out what it takes to get your book published, whether you're interested in pursuing a traditional deal or in going indie.


Registration for our 2017 Colorado Gold Conference opens. Early-bird pricing will only be available May 1-31. Stay informed about all things Colorado Gold at #RMFW2017


The spring 2017 RMFW Board Meeting will take place at the Sam Gary Branch Library from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Anyone interested in becoming more involved in RMFW is welcome and encouraged to attend. See you there!


Deconstructing the Horror Genre with Shannon Lawrence, Denver Free Program, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Sam Gary Branch Library. Horror extends beyond jump scares and slashers. We'll break horror down into its base elements to learn how to build a good horror story.


Last day to enter the 2017 Colorado Gold Contest. Entries will be accepted through 11:59 pm MST. If you're interested in serving as a first-round judge, please email

2016 Anthology: Found
Colorado Book Awards Finalist

Sometimes things are better off lost. And sometimes they were never meant to disappear. Either way, when they’re found, everything changes. Explore illuminating tales of short fiction that reveal the consequences of finding something once lost or better off forgotten. These stories will draw you in and show you the profound changes that happen when something is found. From Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers comes this collection of inspired works from both award-winning and talented new writers to include Mark Stevens, Dean Wyant, J.A. Kazimer, Joshua Viola, Diana Holguin-Balogh, Terry Kroenung, Natasha Watts, and more. More Info

Writer of the Year and Independent Writer of the Year

Mark Stevens
Writer of the Year

The son of two librarians, Mark Stevens was raised in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He is the author of the Allison Coil Mystery Series. Trapline won the 2015 Colorado Book Award for best mystery and the 2015 Colorado Authors League award for best genre fiction. Lake of Fire is a finalist for the 2016 Colorado Book Award in the mystery category.
More About Mark

Lisa Manifold
Writer of the Year

Lisa published four books in 2015. Once Thea’s Tale was finished and edited, she decided to self-publish rather than looking for representation. Lisa joined RMFW in 2013 as the Hospitality Chair. She is currently the Newsletter Editor and IPAL Liaison. More About Lisa

RMFW U Online Classes

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Writing a Winning Contest Entry

Presented by Karen Duvall
April 2-15
Members $30 | Non-Members $35

Contests, such as the coming Colorado Gold, are an important part of the writer's journey. Contests provide the author with exposure and oftentimes, the final entries are judged by agents and editors. This two week online class will review the various elements judged in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest as well as offer participants a chance to submit samples of their work for feedback...learn more.

The Dreaded Synopsis Workshop

Presented by Sharon Mignerey
April 16-29
Members $30 | Non-Members $35

Sure some people like to write a synopsis. For most writers, the task is about as appealing as jumping into a frozen lake during sub-zero weather—even though some people like that, too. How is a writer to choose among all the conflicting rules, such as a synopsis should be no longer than 3/5/8/10 pages (would somebody please decide)? Condensing this much from a whole long novel seems impossible, right? You may be thinking, why not simply read the story?...learn more.

Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast – Episode #82

Margaret Mizushima catches us up on all the upbeat news about her Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Series. The second installment, Stalking Ground, is a finalist this year for the Colorado Book Award.

For suggestions about content or to comment on the show, email host Mark Stevens at podcast Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

CLICK HERE to listen to previous podcasts.

2018 Anthology

Submissions Open March 1st

False Faces: Tales of Fakes, Frauds, and Facades

Masks. Everybody wears them. Perhaps they are literal masks worn by surgeons, superheroes, bank robbers, trick-or-treaters, or thespians. Perhaps they are metaphorical masks, shaped by the stories we tell each other and lies we tell ourselves. Whether for a single moment or for the span of an entire life, we’ve all been drawn to the idea of masquerading as something we are not.


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2016 Colorado Gold Writing Contest Results

1ST Day of the Watchers by Charles Kowalski
2ND Hard Dog to Kill by Craig Holt
3RD The Blue Fox by Kevin Deighton
Odd Man Out by Val Moses
Shot Caller by Gilbert Roman
The Foreboding by Susie Lindau

1ST Whisper of Other Voices by Sandy Fails
2ND The Chinese Ghost by Andrew Beasley
3RD Solotramp by Eleanor Binnings
Lost in Hotness by Mindy McIntyre
The Edge of Endings by Karin Belz

1ST Coded for Murder by Ritu Sethi
2ND Doppel by Val Moses
3RD Cut. Print. Kill by Robert Kidera
Deadly Prose by Jedeane MacDonald
Questions for the Dead by Matthew Porter

1ST Until Death by Tracy Brisendine
2ND A Knight’s Ransom by Edwina Moore
3RD Atlas by Megan Stirler
Intaglio by Steven Moores
Saint or Sinner by Terri Benson

Speculative Fiction
1ST ACHE by Levi Jacobs
2ND My Planet by Nicole Lawrence
3RD The Fourth Dimension by Rebecca Dickson
Griffin and the Spurious Correlations by Krista Wallace
Soul Affinity by Alice Yu

Young Adult /Middle Grade
1ST Kinetic by Amy Kolquist
2ND Nightshade by Emily Bybee
3RD Merlin's Children by Becky Rawnsley
The Installation by Angela Penland
Wild Magic by Rachel Craft

2016 Honored Guiding Members

Each year, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers recognizes members who have significantly contributed to the success of our organization over the years. These individuals are honored for their talent and abilities, as well as the leadership they've shown.

Christine T. Jorgensen is author of seven mystery novels, her latest is Missing, is a local best seller featuring Detective Casey Jansen. First in a planned series, Missing is a suspense thriller set in Colorado and written under the name, C.T. Jorgensen, separating it from her previous humorous amateur sleuths. Next in the series, Disappeared, will be out in 2016. Jorgensen, a confirmed critiquer, is a former Writer of the Year, a long time member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Colorado Gold Contest judge and member of Mystery Writers of America. Her second novel, You Bet Your Life, was a finalist in the Colorado Book Award.

Sharon Mignerey remembers vividly getting that first library card, and from then until now she’s always read as much as she could. All that reading, in turn, fueled her passion for writing. Though the path to becoming published was a longer one than she’d ever anticipated, she never gave up on her dream to be a published author. After she graduated from college, she became a technical writer, and for many years wrote software documentation for computer systems. User’s guides and system analysis weren’t quite what she had in mind, though, and she always wrote fiction on the side. During the years she kept polishing her stories and submitting them for publication.

Robin D. Owens has been writing longer than she cares to recall and has published twenty seven books, five novellas, and two short stories. She is profoundly thankful to be a recipient of the 2002 Romance Writers of America RITA® Award (like the Oscar in her field) for HeartMate, various other awards throughout the years, and has been named the Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers twice. She has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Colorado Romance Writers. Her fantasy/futuristic romances found a home at Berkley with the issuance of HeartMate in December 2001. She credits the "telepathic cat with attitude" in selling that book.