Yearly Contest Results

For almost thirty years, the Colorado Gold contest for unpublished writers has given aspiring novelists the chance to get their work in front of an acquiring agent or editor while also providing feedback and encouragement for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

2015 Results


Contest Winners 6

JUDGE: Denise Dietz, Senior Editor, Five Star Publishing

WINNER: The Searing Flames, Micheal Hope, Littleton, CO
Massacre, Douglas Adcock, Breckenridge, CO
Fire Step, Bruce Leaf, Boulder, CO

2014 Results


JUDGE: Matt Martz, Editor, The Quick Brown Fox and Company (center)
WINNER: The Homeplace, Kevin Wolf, Littleton, CO (left)
The Lineage, Vanessa Lillie, Providence, RI
The Treasure of Seleucia, Powl Smith, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


JUDGE: Peter Senftleben, Associate Editor, Kensington Books
WINNER: The Cookbook, Monica Comas, New York, NY
The Breath of a Sea Gypsy, Rebecca Hopkins, Indonesia
Book Two, Monica Comas, New York, NY
The Shape of a Kiss, Charis Himeda, Worcester, MA
A Sister in Need, Jenny Hansen, Orange County, CA


JUDGE: Terri Bischoff, Editor, Midnight Ink (far right)
WINNER: The First Cut, Mary Birk, Centennial, CO (left)
Iced, Hamilton Crow, Breckenridge, CO
The Last Government Girl, Ellen Herbert, Falls Church, VA
Low Country Blood, Sue Hinkin, Littleton, CO
Until We Meet Again, Jill Flateland, Arvada, CO


JUDGE: Raelene Gorlinsky, Publisher, Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc. (third from left)
WINNER: Beloved Foe, Janet Baltz, Lakewood, CO (left)
Cherub's Play, Steven Moores, Littleton, CO
Love's Last Stand, Steven Moores
The Reluctant Heart, Annie Parnell

Speculative Fiction

JUDGE: Jessica Renheim, Associate Editor, Dutton / Penguin Group (left)
WINNER: Beauty is for Suckers, Michael Carson, Montrose, CO (fourth from left)
Don't Wake Me if I'm Dreaming, Darla Upchurch, Westminster, CO
Immortality Reborn, Tracy Brisendine, Denver, CO
The Jack of Souls, Stephen Merlino, Seattle, WA
Wicked Thorn, Kristina Wright, San Jose, CA

Young Adult/Middle Grade

JUDGE: Shannon Hassan, Agent, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
WINNER: The Shuvani's Spell, Kara Seal, Parker, CO
The Amulet of Isis, S. D. Keeling, Nixa, MO
Never Believe a Lie Twice, Kathleen Pinckard, Brea, CA
Requiem in La Paz, Jonna Gjevre, Broomfield, CO
Virago, Ida Olson, Cheyenne, WY

2013 Winners


Judge: Sally Harding, The Cooke Agency
Winner: Unbelievers by Charles Kowalski, Japan


Judge: Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency
Winner: Ten Seconds by Kristin Meachem, Australia


Judge: Sandra Bond, Bond Literary Agency
Winner: The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe, Denver, CO


Judge: Kerri-Leigh Grady, Entangled Publishing
Winner: Between Skin and Soul by Jessica Naab, Englewood, CO

Speculative Fiction

Judge: David Pomerico, 47 North/Amazon Publishing
Winner: Paragon of the Eccentric by Terry Kroenung, Loveland, CO

Young Adult

Judge: Hannah Bowman, Liza Dawson Associates
Winner: Hole in the Thumb by MaryAnn Kersten, Littleton, CO

2012 Winners

Action/Thriller - Cathaver and a Big Belgian Crime by Robert Mangeot, Franklin, TN
Mainstream - The Hot Tub Club by Z.J. Czupor, Denver, CO
Mystery - Blood Under Will by V.R. Barkowski, Duluth, GA
Romance - The Leighton Legacy by Monica Emerich, Lafayette, CO
Speculative Fiction - City of Strangers by M.H. Boroson, Denver, CO
Young Adult - Little Miss Life by Emily Calwell France, Boulder, CO

2011 Winners

Action/Thriller - Persephone Falls by Angie Hodapp, Lakewood, CO
Mainstream - Professional Beauty by Chrisann Winiecki, Lakewood, CO

Mystery - Tenement by Lynne Kennedy, Arlington, TX

Romance - Vital Signs by Val Moses, Denver, CO

Speculative Fiction - The Artist of Arun by Michele Winkler, Littleton, CO

Young Adult - Dissonance in A Minor by Nicole Disney, Denver, CO


2010 Winners

Action/Thriller - Contract of Defiance by Tammy Sayler, Boulder, Colorado

Mainstream - Prince of the West by Marc Graham, Castle Rock, Colorado

Mystery - Bad Blow and Old Silver by Randy Reims, Lafayette, Colorado

Romance - The Bloodsucker by Abigail Schmidt, Chicago, Illinois

Speculative Fiction - The Hearts of Dragons by Luanne Smith, Longmont, Colorado