Upcoming events

Desert Writers Expo
Read the Coachella Valley Weekly article here.

Poetry Contest Winners
1st Place: Lucinda Sue Crosby
2nd Place: Lucinda Sue Crosby
3rd Place: George E. Shultz

Read the wining poems here.
Certificate of Achievement was awarded to Brianna Erb for her poem “Every Footprint Left Behind” - Rancho Mirage Poetry Contest Winner, Palm Springs Writers Guild 2017 Poetry Contest.

Monthly Writing Contest is Back!

  • 500 words
  • Theme (NOT TITLE) "Desert Heat" - submissions accepted starting April 15, 2017, closing at noon Friday, May 5, 2017.
  • Entry fee $10 ea. $5 goes into kitty to be given to winner ONLY. Prize amount based on number of entries.​
  • Submit to pswgcontest@gmail.com, no hardcopies accepted.
  • Winner announced at the June 3, 2017 monthly meeting.

May 2017 Annual Short Story Month, Day of New Works
The May Guild meeting is going to be an action-packed meeting where the winners of the annual short story contest will be announced, where local, well-known author Michael Craft will be the reader of the winning story, and where New York Times best-selling author, Todd Goldberg, will be presented with a check from the Guild’s Barbara Seranella Scholarship program. This grant will be given to a deserving graduate student in the UCR Master of Fine Arts program. Todd will also explain the MFA program and its wonderful benefits. You will not want to miss it. We are looking forward to having you celebrate with us!

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Barbara Seranella Scholarship
Each year The Guild awards a scholarship to a deserving student from one of the local colleges who is majoring in a writing-related subject. The scholarship is awarded in the name of Barbara Seranella, an award-winning writer and member of the Guild who died prematurely from liver disease after a long and courageous battle in 2006. This year, the Barbara Seranella Award, in the amount of $5,000.00 will be given to a graduate student in the MFA program at UCR, Palm Desert. According to Tod Goldberg, who was a personal friend of Barbara Seranella and currently directs the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at UCR, “The Palm Springs Writers Guild was more than generous in our establishing our own Barbara Seranella Award a few years ago, and we are delighted that the Guild has chosen us for this honor once more.” Read more here.


The Palm Springs Writers Guild is a 501(c)(3) not for profit public benefit organization established in the state of California.
Tax ID #43-2093738

*The specific purpose of this corporation is to encourage, develop and support  aspiring and established Coachella Valley writers as they pursue their craft by offering educational programs, mentoring, critique groups, and fellowship.
*Article II: Purpose B


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