The Zebulon Awards are presented to the winners of the Pikes Peak Writers Fiction Contest each year during the Awards Banquet at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference.
The Zebulon began as the Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest in 1998 in conjunction with the sixth annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference (PPWC). It was named to honor Paul Gillette (1938-1996), who was a New York Times Best Seller, a member of the faculty at the first PPWC, and a mentor of the Conference’s founder, Jimmie Butler.
Prior to 1998, the PPWC co-sponsored a writing contest with the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, so the history of a Pikes Peak Writers writing contest is as old as the Pikes Peak Writers Conference itself!
In 2010 the contest became known as the Pikes Peak Writers Fiction Writing Contest, better known as The Zebulon, a reference to 19th century explorer Zebulon Pike for which Pike’s Peak is named. Winners of The Zebulon can be proud of their ties to the rich history of this contest.
To read more about The Zebulon Awards, and see a list of the most recent winning writers, please visit our Contest page.