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IPAL Author Takeover: Join IPAL online on August 18, 2016 from 10AM to 1PM for the summer RMFW IPAL Takeover! Meet authors, learn about their work, and win eBooks! Can't make it at that time? Stop by the Facebook event page at any time on August 18th to comment on author posts and enter contests!


WOTY & IWOTY Discussion Panel: Join all six finalists as well as our 2015 Writer of the Year, Susan Spann at Tattered Cover Colfax at 7:00 PM as we discuss all manner of writerly things.


Conference Bookstore Sign Up Closes: The Colorado Gold Conference bookstore is a great way to promote yourself as an author and sell copies of your books. Sign up for the bookstore remains open to members. Sign up for the book signing is closed.

Writer of the Year and Independent Writer of the Year

Join all six finalists as well as our 2015 Writer of the Year, Susan Spann at Tattered Cover Colfax on Thursday, August 18th at 7:00 PM as we discuss all manner of writerly things.

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.
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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

Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast – Episode #54

Writer of the Year & Independent Writer of the Year Panel at The Tattered Cover 

This episode is a live recording of the Thursday, Aug. 18 panel at the Tattered Cover.

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.

2016 Colorado Gold Writing Contest Finalist Results

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

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

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

A Knight’s Ransom by Edwina Moore
Atlas by Megan Stirler
Intaglio by Steven Moores
Saint or Sinner by Terri Benson
Until Death by Tracy Brisendine

Speculative Fiction
ACHE by Levi Jacobs
Griffin and the Spurious Correlations by Krista Wallace
My Planet by Nicole Lawrence
Soul Affinity by Alice Yu
The Fourth Intervention by Rebecca Dickson

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

2016 Keynote Speakers
Robert J. Sawyer & Ann Hood

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2016 Colorado Gold Conference
September 9-11, 2016
Renaissance Hotel
Denver, Colorado

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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.