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Colorado Gold Conference
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And They Lived Happily Ever After: Crafting the Romance Novel with Sarah Hegger, Denver Free Program, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Sam Gary Branch Library. Come learn the basics of writing in the hottest-selling genre of all time. This will be an interactive writing-craft-based workshop.


Four deadlines!
(1) Last day to submit to our 2018 anthology.
(2) Last day to register for our 2017 Colorado Gold Conference at regular rates.
(3) Last day to apply to a scholarship for our 2017 Colorado Gold Conference.
(4) Last day to vote for Writer of the Year (WOTY) and Independent Writer of the Year (I-WOTY).


Online Class: July 10-22: Behind the Curtain: Removing the Mystique of Self-Publishing with Lisa Manifold. There has never been an easier time to take the plunge and become an author-publisher. In this class, we will go through the steps of Production, Planning and the Launch. Sign up today!


Three deadlines! All related to our 2017 Colorado Gold Conference:
(1) Last day published authors can sign up for the Friday-night bookstore and signing event.
(2) Last day to register for critique roundtables (pages due August 9)
(3) Last day to register for the Nelson Literary Agency Story Clinic (pages due August 9)

2016 Anthology: Found
Winner of the Colorado Book Award for Best Anthology

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

Please join us in congratulating our 2017 nominees for Writer of the Year (WOTY) and Independent Writer of the Year (I-WOTY). Colleen Oakes, Shannon Baker, and Robin D. Owens are this year's WOTY nominees, and Bernadette Marie, Stephanie Reisner, and Wendy Terrien are this year's I-WOTY nominees. Voting for WOTY and I-WOTY is open now through June 30. Winners will be announced at RMFW's summer gathering in July (details TBA) and honored at our Colorado Gold Conference September 8-10, 2017, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver.

RMFW U Online Classes

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Want to Turn Your Novel Into a Screenplay?

Presented by Karen Albright Lin
June 4-17
Members $30 | Non-Members $35

Delve into this very different approach to storytelling and the unique challenges to breaking in. Explore how this collaborative industry works: coverage, finding representation (agents, managers, entertainment attorneys, and the cons - such as stable agents), define options vs. sales, story expectations and the unique format of the film script. Learn more.

Behind the Curtain: Removing the Mystique of Self-Publishing

Presented by Lisa Manifold
July 10-22
Members $30 | Non-Members $35

For many, self-publishing (or indie publishing, as it is also known) seems out of reach. With so many aspects of the business to run, it's hard to know where to begin. But in reality, there has never been an easier time to take the plunge and become an author-publisher. Learn more.

Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast – Episode #88

A chat with award-winning writer Denise Vega, who writes for both teens and toddlers.

For suggestions about content or to comment on the show, email host Mark Stevens at podcast @rmfw.org. 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.


for submission guidelines and schedule or

contact anthology@rmfw.org with questions.

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.