About the Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame

Authors Hall of Fame

The Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing and preserving the history of the accomplishments of past and present women and men who have created and published books. Both historical and contemporary authors who have shared their words of wisdom, encouragement and entertainment are celebrated. The Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame ensures that their insight and visionary achievements will not be forgotten.  The Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame is an all-volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2013.

Our Mission

To inspire by celebrating and sharing the lifetime contributions of Colorado’s extraordinary authors.

The Hall strives to educate the people of Colorado and the country about the stories of the authors who shaped their works using their personal presence and the environment of our State with courage, leadership, intelligence, compassion, and creativity. Their talents, skills, struggles, and contributions form a legacy that the Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame is dedicated to protecting and celebrating. Authors of diverse backgrounds, from pioneers to politicians, educators to entrepreneurs, are inducted into the Hall of Fame during a gala event held in every even-numbered year. The authors inducted into the Hall of Fame have made a major impact on the lives of others with their words, elevating their knowledge; solving problems; inspiring them to reach and stretch; delivering stories that entertain; stirring the imagination of young and old alike; and changing lives within out State, our Nation and for many, around the World.

Who We Are

The daily operations of the Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame are carried out by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. The organizational structure also includes an Honorary Board comprising notable citizens from across the State who support the mission and goals of the Hall of Fame. Throughout the year, volunteers help with the many projects, programs, and events planned by the Board of Directors. All share the same goal of educating society about the contributions of Colorado’s remarkable authors and ensuring their legacy for future generations.

Inducting New Members into the Hall of Fame

The Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame depends on members of the public to nominate extraordinary women and men for induction. Nominations are accepted from organizations or individuals throughout the state. A diverse group of Colorado citizens, including literary professionals, is recruited to act as a Selection Committee. The Selection Committee reviews all nominations, performs additional research if necessary, and selects nominees for induction into the Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame. In odd-numbered years, up to 12 new inductees are admitted into the Hall of Fame at an event attended and sponsored by people and organizations from across Colorado.

Induction Criteria

The Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame inducts authors, both historical and contemporary, who have significant ties to Colorado and during their lifetimes:

  • They were born in Colorado, currently live in Colorado and/or created one of their published works in Colorado.
  • Made significant and enduring contributions to their fields of work.
  • Helped open new frontiers for writing styles, ideas and concepts.
  • Inspired others by the breadth of their writing and work.
  • Advanced the status of authors.

Do you know of an extraordinary AUTHOR who meets these criteria? If so, please read how to nominate him/her for induction into the Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame.



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Nominate an Author Who Made a Difference Today!

The Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame depends on members of the public to nominate extraordinary authors for induction. The Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame inducts Authors, past and present, who:

  • Made significant and enduring contributions to their fields or work.
  • Advanced the status of authors.
  • Helped open new frontiers for writing styles, ideas and concepts.
  • Inspired others by the breadth of their writing and work.
  • They were born in Colorado, currently live in Colorado and/or created one of their published works in Colorado.

Nominees must have strong ties to the State either through birth, residence, or by having creating/working on books while living or visiting here. Nominees are judged solely on the above criteria and are selected on merit, not endorsement. Multiple authors can be nominated in a joint nomination, if the contribution for which they are being considered involved the efforts of all authors. Authors nominated, but not selected, in the past can be re-nominated.

The Selection Process

A diverse group of Colorado citizens and literary professionals is recruited to act as a Selection Committee. The Selection Committee reviews all nominations and selects nominees for induction into the Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame. The 2015 inductees will be announced in March 2014, and the Gala induction event will take place in October 2015.

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