Sixteen authors, illustrators and editors took center stage at the 2023 Colorado Book Awards on Saturday, winning top honors in a celebration of literature at the historic Penrose House in Colorado Springs.
Among the winners were “Denver Noir,” an anthology of location-based short stories by a wide variety of authors edited by Cynthia Swanson, who also wrote one of the pieces; “Tell Me Everything,” Erika Krouse’s creative nonfiction account of a sexual assault investigation; “Bratwurst Haven,” Rachel King’s literary fiction winner for a collection of interconnected short stories; and “Conscious Designs,” the winner for science fiction/fantasy by Nathanial White.
The awards added a Romance category this year, won by Christina Holbrook for “All the Flowers of the Mountain.”
The Colorado Sun is a sponsor of the annual awards, presented by Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book. The Sun’s weekly literary feature, SunLit, already has published excerpts and author interviews from three category winners and eight of the finalists, with more to come in the months ahead.
Here’s the complete list of winners, with the ones previously featured in SunLit linked to their excerpts.
Cynthia Swanson, editor
“The Earth Is All That Lasts”
Mark Lee Gardner
“The Immortal King Rao”
“Totality! An Eclipse Guide In Rhyme and Science”
“Aunt Dimity and the Enchanted Cottage”
Andrea Monath Schumacher
“All the Flowers of the Mountain”
“The Wrong Woman”
Leanne Kale Sparks
Young Adult Literature
“Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves”