Yearly Contest Results

2014 Results

Action/Thriller

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


Mainstream

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


Mystery

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


Romance

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

Action/Thriller

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

Mainstream

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

Mystery

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

Romance

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/ThrillerCathaver and a Big Belgian Crime by Robert Mangeot, Franklin, TN
MainstreamThe Hot Tub Club by Z.J. Czupor, Denver, CO
MysteryBlood Under Will by V.R. Barkowski, Duluth, GA
RomanceThe Leighton Legacy by Monica Emerich, Lafayette, CO
Speculative FictionCity of Strangers by M.H. Boroson, Denver, CO
Young AdultLittle Miss Life by Emily Calwell France, Boulder, CO


2011 Winners

Action/ThrillerPersephone Falls by Angie Hodapp, Lakewood, CO
MainstreamProfessional Beauty by Chrisann Winiecki, Lakewood, CO

MysteryTenement by Lynne Kennedy, Arlington, TX

RomanceVital Signs by Val Moses, Denver, CO

Speculative FictionThe Artist of Arun by Michele Winkler, Littleton, CO

Young AdultDissonance in A Minor by Nicole Disney, Denver, CO

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2010 Winners

Action/ThrillerContract of Defiance by Tammy Sayler, Boulder, Colorado

MainstreamPrince of the West by Marc Graham, Castle Rock, Colorado

MysteryBad Blow and Old Silver by Randy Reims, Lafayette, Colorado

RomanceThe Bloodsucker by Abigail Schmidt, Chicago, Illinois

Speculative FictionThe Hearts of Dragons by Luanne Smith, Longmont, Colorado