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Local authors nominated for 2015 CIPA EVVY awards

— Four local authors have been selected as finalists for five awards in the annual EVVY book contest, sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association.

At Sunday’s CIPA banquet, the group will announce the official winners for categories including nonfiction, poetry, fiction, academics and everything in between.

The statewide nonprofit cooperative of independent book publishers, CIPA exchanges information on publishing-related optics and marketing programs to independent publishers all over the state. This is a contest that recognizes the top independently pushlished or self-published authors in various categories.

Steamboat finalists include Maj. Gen. Louis W. Prentiss, Jr. for his book "Memories of a Life in the Army" in the military category; Merit Clark's novel, "Killing Streak," in the fiction/mystery and detective category and for cover design; Erik Landvik for his novel "Uncluttered Faith" in the spirituality/religion category; and author Jane Stein and illustrator Pam Duckworth for their book "Dear Class: Traveling Around the World with Mrs. J."

"It's not easy to write a book and follow through with it, but to see someone publish a book and submit it into a contest, then have it recognized, is a pretty exciting thing," said 2014 EVVY award-winning local author Sue Leonard who has been a CIPA member for five years.

Known as one of the largest and most active independent publishing organizations in the country, CIPA, Leonard said, is an organization that provides speakers, workshops and resources out of Denver for writers all over the state.

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In Steamboat, resources for writers include organizations such as CIPA, the "We Write Steamboat Group" and the Steamboat Writers Group. The distinction between the two local groups, Leonard said, is that the Steamboat Writers Group is centered solely around critiquing works in progress while the We Write Steamboat Group, which she oversees, primarily provides resources — networking opportunities, lectures, workshops, etc. — to writers.

"Steamboat offers an inspirational environment, and artists of all kinds like to go to places where they feel inspired," Leonard said. "Steamboat happens to have that quality."

With Steamboat authors being nominated each year, local author and 2015 finalist Susan Paturzo — pen name Merit Clark — said the supportive community and resources have helped encourage her writing career.

"This award is definitely a big deal," Paturzo said. "As writers, we always believe in our work and the value of our stories, and it's wonderful confirmation to have others in our industry feel the same way."

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