Contest

Contest
2018 Zebulon Winners With Past (far left) and Current (far right) Coordinators

The Zebulon

Pikes Peak Writers Fiction Writing Contest

The Zebulon has returned and has been pumped up for the 2020 edition. Hosted by Pikes Peak Writers, the Zebulon gives fiction writers at all levels the chance to get their work in front of professional agents and editors. The contest simulates the real process of submitting to an agent, serving as an excellent learning experience. Do you have what it takes to get published? The Zebulon will help you find out.

The contest opens September 1st, 2019 and closes November 1st, 2019, 12:00 p.m, MST. Only the first 200 entries will be accepted.

For eligibility, fees, and awards, see the contest rules on the side-bar.

To better serve our writing community we have revamped and improved the contest, both for contestants and judges:

  • We’ve streamlined the contest format for simplifying submissions and judging. We are doing away with the Query Round and condensing into a single round of synopsis and pages for novels, or just your short story for the new Short Story category (see below)
  • We’ve moved to a pure monetary award system with larger cash prizes to encourage more geographic diversity among our writers
  • We’ve revamped the judging to encourage a more geographically diverse judging panel and to provide more consistent feedback
  • We’re adding a Short Story category. It’s genre agnostic and with stories up to 5K in length

Please review all the related contest information on the right-hand sidebar before entering the contest.

How do I enter the contest?

The Zebulon is now closed. Best of luck to all who submitted. Prizes will be awarded in March 2020. We hope to see you at the conference and at next year’s contest.


Thank you to all who have entered contests of years past.

View a list of the Zebulon winners here!

Questions? If you can’t find your answer in the FAQ or complete contest rules, email your question to contest@pikespeakwriters.com.