The Colorado Gold Writing Contest

Contest News and Notes

Contest has hit our maximum number of 200 entries and is now CLOSED. Thanks very much for your interest.


The 2015 Colorado Gold contest is now closed to submissions.
Check back with us next year to enter.

Entering contest? Start here.

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Contest Timeline

April 1, 2015 at midnight: Contest opens
June 1, 2015, 11:59 PM MST: Contest closes
Wed. August 5: All entries due from first-round judges, finalists chosen and notified.
Thur. August 6: Finalists announced
Sat. August 8: Entries go to finalists for updating
Sat. August 15: Updated entries due 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 thirty years, the Colorado Gold contest for emerging writers has given aspiring novelists the chance to get their work in front of publishing professionals while also providing feedback and encouragement for the craft of writing.

Contest opens for submissions on April 1st and closes June 1st. Two judges from RMFW evaluate and score each entry. The top five submissions scoring 130 points or more in each category make the finals and will then be judged by an agent or editor who is attending the Colorado Gold Conference.

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

New This Year
Enter the first 4000 words of your manuscript and a 750 word synopsis in one of six categories (see below). Final judges will pick 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

We've upped our prize money. In addition to a beautiful certificate, finalists will receive:
1st place: $150
2nd place: $100
3rd place: $75
2 remaining finalists: $30
Winners will be announced at the Colorado Gold Writers Conference awards banquet September 12th, 2015, at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, Colorado.

Also new this year: We're inviting contestants to submit  a short pitch along with their entry in order to give judges some idea what the book is about. (This won't be judged or counted in your final score.) So polish up your elevator pitch and get in some practice for those pitch sessions with editors and agents. Click here for tips and info about this exciting new service.

Announcing the final judges for Colorado Gold 2015!
Action/Thriller: Denise Dietz, Senior Editor, Five Star Publishing
Mainstream: Danielle Burby, Agent, Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency
Mystery/Suspense: Trish Daly, Associate Editor, William Morrow/HarperCollins
Romance: Latoya Smith, Executive Editor, Samhain Publishing
Speculative Fiction: Emily S. Keyes, Agent, Fuse Literary
YA/MG: Melissa Jeglinski, Agent, The Knight Agency

2015 Contest Committee

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


Twitter: @RMFWriters, #cogo2015