Anthology 2014: Crossing Colfax

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This year’s theme is Crossing Colfax. Playboy Magazine once called Colfax Avenue “the longest, wickedest street in America.” Over one hundred years ago, it was the main road into and out of the city. East Colfax was the address to have for many of the city’s elite, and West Colfax was a trail that led to the mountains and dreams of Gold Rush riches. A 105-acre tuberculosis sanatorium for the poor once fronted the street – the Golden Hill Cemetery still houses many of the White Plague’s victims.

Colfax Avenue played a part in bucking against Prohibition, and repaving and expanding it became a public works project during the Great Depression. One of the first theme parks ever built in America was constructed at its west end – “Magic Mountain,” now known as Heritage Square. And, of course, the infamous Casa Bonita restaurant still resides along its course.

Colfax Avenue has been a part of almost every major era that defines the American West. It has housed the richest and the poorest, supported massive public works projects and the seediest criminal enterprises. If that isn’t the stuff of great fiction, we don’t know what else could qualify.

We invite you to explore Colfax Avenue – its past, present, or future. Its greatest moments, real or imaginary, and its darkest secrets. Tales of romance, action, fantasy and more – we’re certain that Colfax has seen it all. We just need you to bring those stories to life.

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers periodically publishes an anthology of short fiction showcasing the talents of its members.

The stories speak to the anthologies’ titles and themes in a variety of ways—literally, emotionally, symbolically, spiritually, and supernaturally, providing the reader with a satisfying set of stories by some of today’s emerging and established writers.

Past Anthologies

broken linksBroken Links, Mended Lives
2009 Colorado Book Award Finalist
In a complex world splintered by myriad interests and needs, we rely increasingly on links. Connections are formed between people, between cities, among nations. Intricate networks are formed between everything from computers and satellites to iPhones and hamburger franchises. This pulsing, living planet spins within the patterns of its links.

The authors present memorable tales of loss, sacrifice and suffering, stories of rediscovery, humor, hope and redemption. Solid or fragile, ancient or still wet from the paint of our newest creations, these links contribute to the unique pattern we call life. Includes the work of well-known novelists Mario Acevedo, Carol Berg, Jameson Cole and Cindi Myers.

mistwillowTales from Mistwillow
Travel to this legendary Colorado town, nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills, shrouded in myth and mystery. Members of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers have woven inspiring, chilling and downright fun stories about this fictional town. Relax, settle back and enjoy the suspense, the mystery, the love, the comedy, and the ghosts that wander this colorful western town that harbors so many secrets. Includes the work of well-known novelists Cindi Myers, Jeff Shelby, Janet Lane, and Terry Wright.

dry spellsDry Spell: Tales of Thirst and Longing
A dreary winter afternoon, an apple pie, and a bottle of cognac ignite a thirst for a time long gone but note quite forgotten … A homesick mother, an understanding daughter, a promise kept, and a poignant return to the Atacama Desert … A remarkable horse, an outlaw drifter, five days in the desert, and a too-sly-for-her-own-good beauty who overestimates the power of feminine wiles … Grandpa’s little habit and the private achings of an aging heart … Join the storytellers of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers as they appeal to the yearnings of your soul. Includes the work of award-winning novelists Kay Bergstrom and Margaret Coel.

Contact Anthology Chair, Nikki Baird, at with questions about past and future anthologies.