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Board Nominations Close: Nominations now being accepted for Vice President and Treasurer. See details to the right.


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Board Member Nominations Open

The RMFW election will occur at the end of this year. Nominations now being accepted for: Vice President (2 year term) and Treasurer (indefinite term; must meet specific qualifications - please query the Election Committee). VP and Treasurer are part of the Executive Board, responsible for all RMFW operating decisions, as well as fun things such as the Jasmine Award. The VP, along with the PAL and IPAL chairs, is responsible for the Writer of the Year and I-Writer of the Year nominating and selection processes. Please send all nominations through private email to the Election Committee, copying each member: Susan Mackay Smith at, Vicki Rubin at and Christine Jorgensen at Nominations must be received by October 25, 2016.

2017 RMFW Writers Retreat

RMFW is thrilled to announce our annual writers retreat! Our 2017 location, the Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a peaceful, breathtaking setting in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. You're sure to find inspiration in the natural beauty that will surround you. Come write with us!

April 6-9, 2017 – Days only registration.
Special Guests Susan Spann, Anita Mumm and Susan Brooks

The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration were founded in Olpe, Germany, in 1863, by Mother Theresia Bonzel, who was recently beatified by Pope Francis. In 1954 the sisters moved to Colorado Springs and named their campus Mount St. Francis. The Mount is “home” to all of the Sisters of St. Francis, and particularly to the sisters who live and minister.


Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast – Episode #62


FOUND - A Sampler 

Audio sampler from the new RMFW short story anthology, Found.  Samples from seven stories, read by the writers themselves.

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 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.