2014 Writer of the Year

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Each year, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers honors one of its published members as its Writer of the Year. The winner of the award is a member in good standing selected by RMFW's membership from candidates who have been published during the previous calendar year.

2015 RMFW Writer of the Year
Eligibility Assessment/Nomination Form

To make life less stressful for our nominating committee, we’re seeking information about those who might be eligible for our Writer of the Year award. Please return to Susan MacKay Smith (susan@mackaywood.com) and Liesa Malik (liesa@allabuzz.net) by February 25, 2015 if you are willing to be considered for RMFW’s highest writing honor OR if you wish to nominate another RMFW author for Writer of the Year.


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I. Eligibility

a. Name of work(s) published in the past calendar year:

b. Publication Date for each work (first publication only, reprints are not eligible for consideration.):

c. Publisher name and full address for each work (independently published works are not eligible):

d. Are you [the potential nominee] or any family member the owner, co-owner, or an employee of this publishing company?

e. Format(s) of each work (hardcover, trade paper, mass market paper, ebook, audio):

f. Approximate word counts of each work:

II. RMFW Participation

a. Are you [the potential nominee] a member of RMFW in good standing? Yes/No

b. Were you [the potential nominee] a member of RMFW for the entire calendar year this work was published? Yes/No

c. Briefly let us know the ways you [the potential nominee] participate in Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (ie. attendee, officeholder, teacher, volunteer, contest judge etc.)

III. Quality of Writing

a. Where can these work(s) be found (bookstores, online sites)?

b. Tell us briefly about any significant awards you [the potential nominee] have received in the past year for literary merit, award shortlists, notable reviews such as Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, RT Book Reviews, NY Times, et al, professional author commentary, or professional blogger or podcast commentary on your work. These may pertain to the eligible work or a previous work.

IV. Significant Professional Achievement – both aspects are important!

a. Tell us briefly about your [the potential nominee’s] most significant professional writing achievements in the past calendar year. This can be bestseller lists or “notable book” lists, literary awards, featured or guest of honor speaking engagements, new book contracts, foreign/audio/movie rights sales, career reinvention, anthology invitations/appearances, offices in other literary organizations, or other milestones of significance. Don’t be shy!

b. Tell us briefly about your [the potential nominee’s] body of work and significant professional writing achievements prior to the previous calendar year or since.


Meet your 2014 Writer of the Year Nominees


2014 Writer of the Year
Shannon Baker

Shannon Baker is the author of the Nora Abbott Mystery series by Midnight Ink, a fast-paced mix of murder, environmental issues and Hopi Indians. She can often be found backpacking, skiing, kayaking, cycling, or just playing lizard in the desert. From the Colorado Rockies to the Nebraska Sandhills, the peaks of Flagstaff and the deserts of Tucson, landscapes play an important role in her books. Tainted Mountain, the first in the Nora Abbott Mystery series, is set in Flagstaff, AZ, where she lived for several years and worked for The Grand Canyon Trust, a hotbed of environmentalists who, usually, don't resort to murder. It is a 2013 finalist in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. When Shannon moved to Boulder, CO, Nora followed her and Broken Trust , released in March 2014, is set in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. Her first thriller, Ashes of the Red Heifer, (L&L Dreamspell 2010) takes place in the Nebraska Sandhills and Israel. Visit her at Shannon-Baker.com

Christine_JorgensenChristine T Jorgensen is author of seven mystery novels, her latest is Missing, is a local best seller featuring Detective Casey Jansen. First in a planned series, Missing is a suspense thriller set in Colorado and written under the name, C.T. Jorgensen, separating it from her previous humorous amateur sleuths. Jorgensen, a confirmed critiquer, is a former Writer of the Year, a long time member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Colorado Gold Contest judge and member of Mystery Writers of America. Her second novel, You Bet Your Life, was a finalist in the Colorado Book Award.

terrywrightphoto2There's nothing mundane in the writing world of Terry Wright. Tension, conflict, and suspense propel his readers through the pages as if they were on fire. Published in Science Fiction, Supernatural, and Horror, his mastery of the action thriller has won him International acclaim as an accomplished screenplay writer. Terry's works include The 13th Power Trilogy, The Justin Graves Series, The Pearl of Death, and his latest release Black Jack. He also entertains readers with a variety of short stories such as Z-motors, Wilderness Rampage, and Return Me to Mistwillow, which appeared in RMFW's anthology Tales from Mistwillow in 2007. An RMFW member since 1998, he has served on the board as contest chair for the Colorado Gold and as Website Liaison. He's also the proud recipient of RMFW's coveted Jasmine Award for 2012. These days, as EIC of TWB Press, he has helped realize the publishing dreams of authors from California to Kenya. Storytelling isn't just a passion for Terry Wright. It's a way of life.

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