The annual Top of the Mountain Book Award is the chance for authors of both fiction and creative nonfiction to submit samples of their works for a chance at a $1,000 cash prize. All we require by February 15th is the first 20 pages of your unpublished fiction or nonfiction work, a double-spaced, one-page synopsis, and a $25 entry fee. Finalists are posted on the NCW website at the end of March, and the winners are announced April 22nd at the 11th annual Northern Colorado Writers Conference.
Guidelines for the competition can be found here. Make 2016 the year of recognition for your works!
Since the days of stagecoaches and cattle drives, the wide-open spaces of the west have inspired writers of all genres. Hitch up your wagon and hit the trail for the 11th Annual Northern Colorado Writers conference April 22-23, 2016, at the Fort Collins Marriott. Lasso some learnin’ and corral your creativity at sessions taught by industry professionals. Deal a winning hand with agents and editors. Relax around the chuckwagon with delicious grub. Whether you’re a greenhorn or have plenty of hours in the saddle, you will rustle up a herd of ideas and droves of inspiration. Don't get caught with your britches down; mark your calendars! Registration opens February 25th for members and March 1st to the public.
The 2016 Northern Colorado Writers Conference will bring back some local favorites such as Todd Mitchell, Laura Resau, and Kerrie Flanagan, as well as welcome several new-to-NCW presenters such as Melanie Crowder, Judith Briles, and Shane Kuhn, not to mention, four new agents. We're also thrilled to announce that Grant Blackwood, #1 NYT Bestselling author of the Briggs Tanner series, and co-writer with Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy, will not only be our keynote speaker, he will be offering a workshop as well.
We will be releasing more information in the coming weeks and Rich Keller will be interviewing several of our presenters in February and March on the NCW Podcast, so stay tuned here and check your inboxes for updates! See the Conference page for pricing.