The Colorado Gold Writing Contest

Contest News and Notes

Workshop to get ready for the 2015 Colorado Gold contest with chair Chris Devlin and co-chair Monica Poole
Saturday March 7th, 2-4pm at the Sam Gary Library. Join us for live judging and learn what's new.


Contest Timeline

April 1, 2015 at midnight: Contest opens
June 1, 2015, 11:59 PM MST: Contest closes
Wed. August 5: All entries due back from first-round judges, finalists chosen, entries go to finalists for updating
Sat. August 15: Updated entries due back from finalists, finalist entries go to final judges
Mid-to-late August: Non-finaling entries returned to contestants
Sat. September 12: Winners are announced at the Saturday night banquet

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For almost thirty years, the Colorado Gold contest for unpublished writers has given aspiring novelists the chance to get their work in front of an acquiring agent or editor while also providing feedback and encouragement for the craft of writing.

Enter the first 20 pages of your manuscript and a 3 to 4 page synopsis in one of six categories (see below). Two judges from RMFW will evaluate and score each entry. The top five submissions scoring 130 points or more in each category will make the finals and will then be judged by an agent or editor who is attending the Colorado Gold Conference. One winner will be named in each category. Winners receive $100 and a certificate. The remaining finalists receive $30 and a certificate. Winners will be announced at the Colorado Gold Writers Conference awards banquet September 6th, 2014, at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, Colorado.

Entry Fee
$30 per entry or $55 per entry to receive a critique from one of the first two judges.

2015 Contest Committee

Chris Devlin, RMFW Contest Chair
Monica Poole, Co-Chair
Nikki Baird
Karen Duvall
Wendy Howard
Susan Smith
Jeanne Stein
Mark Stevens
Pam Nowak

Helpful Links

Twitter: @RMFWriters, #cogo2015