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Press Kit



C.W. Allen (she/her) is a Midwestern transplant to rural Utah, where she serves on the board of the League of Utah Writers. She writes fantasy novels for tweens, picture books for children, and short stories and poems for former children. Keep up with her latest projects at


C.W. Allen is a Nebraskan by birth, a Texan by experience, a Hoosier by marriage, and a Utahn by geography. She knew she wanted to be a writer the moment she read The Westing Game at age twelve, but took a few detours along the way as a veterinary nurse, an appliance repair secretary, and a homeschool parent. She writes long stories for children and short stories for former children. When she's not writing, she helps other writers hone their craft as a board member of the League of Utah Writers.

Her debut novel Relatively Normal Secrets is the winner of the Gold Quill award, being named the best children's book of the year by a Utah author. The Falinnheim Chronicles series continues with The Secret Benefits of Invisibility (Cinnabar Moth, 2022) and Tales of the Forgotten Founders (Cinnabar Moth, 2023). She also has shorter work published in numerous anthologies. Keep up with her latest projects at



To invite C.W. Allen to speak at schools, writing conferences, and conventions, or arrange an interview for podcasts, blogs, or media articles, please contact her at



Relatively Normal Secrets book talk video for students
The Secret Benefits of Invisibility 
book talk video for students

Relatively Normal Secrets Gold Quill Award press release

Relatively Normal Secrets NetGalley category win press release
Audio Interview on The Writers Triangle (September 3, 2021)

Print Interview by The Avid Reader (September 15, 2021)

Guest article "The Perks of Writing Holidays" (November 7, 2021)

Audio Interview on The Writers Triangle (June 5, 2022)

Print Interview with author Deborah-Zenha Adams (June 8, 2022)

Guest article "Writing Middle Grade: The Power of In-Between" (June 14, 2022)

Print Interview by Books in the Hall (June 15, 2022)

Video Interview on E Train Talks (June 15, 2022)

Guest article "Create Your Own Masterclass: Reading with a Student's Eye" (June 17, 2022)
Print Interview
 by Bonnie Reads and Writes (September 16, 2022)



              Awards: Gold Quill Award winner, Eric Hoffer Award middle reader runner up, First Horizons award finalist, 

          Whitney Award nominee, Cybils Award nominee, Readers' Favorite starred review



  • Body Be Gone anthology: "Mum's the Word" (Tesseray Publishing, 2020)  read free online
         Awards: Body Be Gone grand prize winner

  • Inkpot literary journal: "The Raven's Way" (2021)  read free online

  • Anthology of Hope: "Lullaby for the Weary Grown" (Glass Spider Publishing, 2021)  buy link
          Awards: Bronze Quill Award winner

  • Strong at Broken Places anthology: "Saturday Magic" (LUW Press, 2021)  buy link

  • Red Rocks in My Socks anthology: "Rules for Hunting Jackalopes" (OdieGroup Press, 2021)  buy link

  • Art and Sedition anthology: "All in a Day's Work" (LUW Press, 2022)  buy link

  • Ancestry Data Conglomerate anthology: "The Platinum Option" (FIGID Press, 2022)   buy link

  • We Are Dangerous anthology: "Lavronia City Jail, 12:36am" (coming soon from LUW Press)


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