Attendees enjoying the amazing lunch buffet provided by The Westin hotel.
Nugget Award recipients Mark Stevens (top left), Vicki Rubin, Wendy Howard, Charles Senseman, Susan Smith, Angie Hodapp, Wendy Terrien, Vicki Law (bottom left), Terri Benson, Linda Joffe Hull, Corinne O'Flynn, Susan Brooks, Susan Spann
RMFW Secretary, Christine Jorgensen at the book signing.
Membership chair, Saytchyn Maddux-Creech (center) and 2016 Colorado Gold co-conference chairs, Corinne O'Flynn and Wendy Howard greet #RMFW2015 attendees.
Volunteers Vicki Rubin, Veronica R. Calisto, and Vicki Law (2013 Jasmine award winner)
2014 Anthology Authors get together at the Book Bar to discuss promoting Crossing Colfax.
2015 Writer of the Year nominees Joan Johnston, Cindy Myers, and Susan Spann (Writer of the Year).

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

RMFW is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and educating writers seeking publication in commercial fiction.

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Here you can renew your membership or log in and access members-only options and information.

2016 WOTY & I-WOTY Nominations

Each year, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers honors two of its published members as its Writer of the Year (WOTY) and Independent Writer of the Year (I-WOTY). The winners of the awards are members in good standing selected by RMFW's membership from candidates who have been published during the previous calendar year. If you or someone you know is eligible to enter their credentials for consideration as either WOTY or I-WOTY, use the link below 1/22/16 - 2/24/2016 to nominate authors. The WOTY is recognition for those authors with books traditionally published during the 2015 calendar year. The I-WOTY is for those authors with books independently published during the 2014 and 2015 calendar years. SUBMIT A NOMINEE.


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Anthology Submissions Open

Submit your story to the 2016 anthology from 1/1/16 at midnight until 2/29/16 at 11:59 PM. See Anthology menu options above for details.

Next Board Meeting

The next board meeting is January 23rd at 1:00 PM at the Sam Gary Branch Library. Join us and meet Vicki Law, our new President and Wendy Terrien, our new Secretary.

Submit Conference Workshop Proposals

Proposals to present a Colorado Gold workshop or panel are open from 1/1/16 at 8:00 AM through 3/31/16 at 11:59 PM.

February 6th Denver Free Program

Filling the Gaps in Historical Fiction:
Ever wonder where the research either should or must end, and the writing begin? Ever struggle to find the balance between history and fiction, between fact and imagination? In this workshop we’ll explore how holes in the historical record can be filled with creativity. Author and librarian Jack Marshall Maness will show a little of his research and writing process, and we’ll share our own work with our fellow writers (please bring a couple pages or ideas that have you stuck and we'll try to un-stick them!) MORE INFO.

2016 Colorado Gold Conference News
It's Workshop Proposal Time

Special Free Workshop
How to Write a Winning
Conference Proposal

Presented by Susie Brooks and Pam Nowak
Saturday, February 13
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Sam Gary Branch Library
2961 Roslyn St.
Denver (Stapleton) 80238

What Makes a Winning Conference Proposal
During the proposal selection process, the committee focused on the proposed topic as well as the proposal itself. Knowing that your proposal will be one among many, it's worth your time to make sure it showcases your workshop in the best possible way.

7 Reasons to Teach at a Writers Conference
Are you asking yourself if you're qualified to teach at a writers conference? Is it worth your time and effort to develop a course? Everyone has something to offer, and this blog post outlines why you should submit a proposal for this year’s Colorado Gold Conference.

Need to Submit a Proposal?

2016 Workshop Proposal Submissions OPEN NOW through March 31st at 11:59 PM.

DOWNLOAD the 2016 Conference Proposal Worksheet for instructions that will help you complete the proposal form.

If you have questions about conference, contact Wendy Howard & Corinne O'Flynn at


Stay updated about conference happenings on social media using the hashtag #RMFW2016.

2016 Colorado Gold Conference Keynote Speakers

RobertJSawyer-smRobert J. Sawyer—called “just about the best science-fiction writer out there” by the Rocky Mountain News—is known for exploring deep philosophical and moral questions in his work. He is one of only eight people ever to have won all three of the science-fiction field’s top awards for best novel of the year including the Hugo for Hominids, the Nebula for The Terminal Experiment, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Mindscan. The Canadian publishing trade journal, calls him “one of the thirty most influential, innovative, and just plain powerful people in Canadian publishing.”  Robert J. Sawyer has proven himself to be “a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation.”
AnnHood-smAnn Hood wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She majored in English at the University of Rhode Island, and that's where she fell in love with Shakespeare, Willa Cather, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. She wrote her first novel, Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, on international flights and on the Train to the Plane, which was the subway out to JFK. It was published in 1987. Since then, she’s published in The New York Times, The Paris Review, O, Bon Appetit, Tin House, The Atlantic Monthly, Real Simple, and other wonderful places; and she’s won two Pushcart Prizes, two Best American Food Writing Awards, Best American Spiritual Writing and Travel Writing Awards, and a Boston Public Library Literary Light Award.

2016 Anthology

Submissions Open January 1st at Midnight to February 29th at 11:59 PM

Theme: FOUND

Sometimes things are better off lost.

And sometimes they were never meant to disappear.

Either way, when they're found, everything changes.


for submission guidelines, schedule of events, and link to submit your story or

contact Mario Acevedo at with questions.

Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast – Episode #30 with Jack Marshall Maness

Live recording: On Saturday, Feb. 6, Jack Marshall Maness delivered a presentation titled "Filling the Gaps in Historical Fiction." The talk was given at the Bear Valley Branch Library in Denver to a packed room. Maness, the winner of the 2015 Colorado Book Award for best historical fiction for his novel Song of the Jayhawk, talked about his research process and how he finds the space between fact and imagination to move his stories forward. Song of the Jayhawk focused on pre-Civil War Kansas and so will the follow-up, due soon.

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