Pikes Peak Writers Conference



Winners of the PPWC 2018 Flash Fiction Contest

Due to a misplacement of the contest entries, we were unable to announce the winners of the flash fiction contest at the conference.  But the papers were found and we’re pleased to note the following winners and their entries:

1st Place: Brandy Smith for Black is the Color

Black is the color of the Merlot Sanguine’s soul, but oh, I love her. We stand toe to toe on the slippery wayside while rain rinses away the evidence. her delirious laugh is like thundersnow, dangerous, cold, — awe-inspiring. She retracts the knife from my chest inch by painful inch. Death, it seems so inconsequential, doesn’t it? When compared to the smile she shoots me now. The color black, like her soul, embraces me. It’s beautiful.

2nd Place:  Torie Fox-Phillips for Intergalatic Galas are such a Pain in the Ass

Intergovernmental galas are such a pain in the ass. Inconsequential turds with gargantuan egos arguing over stupid shit like whether or not “Thundersnow” should be added to the dictionary.
They’ve outlived their usefulness…
“If you’ll reach under your seats, ladies and gentlemen,” I say. “You’ll find your weapon du jour.”
I’m gleefully mindful of their confused chatter.
“The doors have been locked from the outside, and they won’t open until the conditions of our session have been met.”
Puzzled looks mingle with the indignant ones, incomprehension coloring them all.
“Only ten of you will leave alive. Ten… or none.”

3rd Place:  Torie Fox-Phillips for The Wind Nearly Blew Me Off the Mesa

The wind nearly blew me off the mesa, and that parochial prick just sat and stared.
“Thundersnow’s a-comin’,” he said calmly, smacking his lips.
“No shit, you illiterate bastard,” I snarled, bracing against the incessant squall. “Thanks for helping me.”
The grizzled old coot shook his head. “No help for you here. Thundersnow’s a-comin’.”
I was suddenly mindful that the gales had died down, and another sound filled its space. A different howling that had nothing to do with the snow and climate around me.
Thundersnow was not the weather I thought he meant…
Thundersnow was a fallen god…

I sincerely apologize for the delay in notifying all the winners.

2018 marks our 26th annual conference, so we’re inviting any and all fiction writers to join us for a chance to meet with editors and agents and learn more about the craft of writing.

The dates: April 27-29, 2018. The prequel: April 26, 2018.

Regular registration is available from November 11, 2017 through March 15, 2018 for $405.

Late registration is available from March 16, 2018 through April 22, 2018 for $460.

The earlier you register, the better your chance of getting your first choice for Read & Critique and/or Query appointments.

About Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Pikes Peak Writers Conference has a welcoming, friendly atmosphere filled with the topics that interest you the most, and perhaps a few topics that you will become interested in after. You will be surrounded by industry professionals and other dreamers who are eager to learn, connect and network. Our three-day conference is full of in-depth workshops, best-selling keynote speakers, opportunities for one-on-one time with agents and editors, the chance to read your work aloud for constructive critique, and the opportunity to socialize with fellow writers while building your network.

Your conference registration fee includes Friday’s welcome lunch and dinner, Saturday’s continental breakfast, keynote luncheon and The Zebulon Awards banquet, and Sunday’s continental breakfast and farewell luncheon. Additional Saturday Zebulon Banquet tickets are available to purchase for spouses and guests. Faculty members will host lunch and dinner tables so you have the opportunity to chat with that editor, agent, or author you’ve been dying to meet. The exceptional keynote speakers will make each meal an unforgettable experience.

We are pleased to announce that our longtime partner, the Colorado Springs Marriott, has agreed to the discounted room price of $112/night for the 2019 conference. Please make your reservation at the Colorado Springs Marriott website or by calling 719-260-1800 by March 25, 2019 and remember to tell them you are with PPWC to get the discounted price.

Banquet from keynotes perspective.

Latest Conference News

New Proposal Portal

The new Proposal Portal is now open for business! If you’d like to propose workshops for the annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference or for our non-conference events, please go here. Please note: we are now using Submittable for this process, so you will need to set up a Submittable account to get started. It’s free […]

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Time Change for Stitch, Pitch and Color

The open session with Sourcebooks editor, Deb Werksman, entitled Stitch, Pitch and Color will still be held on Thursday evening in the Ascent Library.  However, the time has changed to 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Bring your knitting, coloring books and questions and join Deb for an informal, friendly session of crafts and answers.

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We have a new keynote

Bob Mayer has graciously agreed to fill in as a keynote speaker for PPWC 2018.  You’ll love this guy.  Bob Mayer is a New York Times bestselling author, a graduate of West Point, former Special Operations, and the feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over seventy books published, including the #1 […]

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2018 PPWC Faculty

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Workshops, Panels, & Appointments

Workshops, Panels, & Appointments

PPWC Roundtable

R&C Author, a read and critique by a published author

PPWC brings you a diverse line-up of workshops to attend. You can choose from workshops on craft, genre, queries, proposals, marketing, e-books, self-publishing, and more. There are workshops for writers at every stage of their career.

Dying to get your manuscript in front of an editor or agent? Sign-up for a Read & Critique or Query 1-on-1 appointment, and you may have that chance. Editors and agents will be on hand to read your query or to give you feedback on your writing.