The conference also sponsors the Paul Gillette Writing Contest which runs annually and whose winners are recognized at the conference. Past winners who went on to publication include: Carol Berg, Margaret Coel, Laura Hayden, Colleen Collins, Kimberly Willis Holt, Robin Owens, Leslie O'Kane and Ralph Wetterhahn.
The 2007 Pikes Peak Writers Conference was held April 20-22 at the Marriott Colorado Springs on Tech Center Drive. (Formerly known as the Wyndham Hotel.) Featured speakers included Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files series, Robert Crais, author of the Elvis Cole books, Mary Jo Putney, USAToday bestselling author of romance and fantasy and Dr. Eric Maisel, renown creativity coach.
The conference celebrated its 15th year with several special events including a Thursday night booksigning, an additional track of workshops on Friday, a Saturday night Awards Banquet and 15th Anniversary Celebration and a never-before Sunday-only option for readers and fans of Robert Crais.
Additional authors who presented included: Daniel Abraham , Jodi Anderson, Shannon Butcher, Sybil Downing, Christine Goff, Beth Groundwater, Victoria Hanley, Laura Hayden, Tara Janzen, Page Lambert, R.T. Lawton, Pam McCutcheon, Maggie Sefton, John Shors, Robert Spiller, Deb Stover, and Shanna Swendson.