Maggie Sefton Signing, The Mystery Bookstore, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., Sat. Jan. 14, noon to 2 p.m. Free. For more information, call 632-2727.
COSine Science Fiction Convention, Clarion Hotel, 314 W. Bijou St. $35. Guests of honor are Sharon Lee and Steve Miller of the Liaden Universe series. Programming includes author talks, games and a regency dance. Jan. 20-22. Call 522-0484 for more.
Colorado College's Visiting Writer Series, featuring Demetria Martinez on Thurs., Feb. 2; Jay Parini on Thurs., Feb. 23; Philip Levine on Thurs., March 9; David Foster Wallace on Thurs., April 6; Chris Bachelder on Mon., April 17; Jim Moore on Thurs., April 27; Peter Matthiessen on Thurs., May 4. All at 7 p.m. Call 389-6853 for more.
Pikes Peak Branch NLAPW Flash Fiction Contest: write a complete short story in no more than 100 words. Open to all ages and genres. Deadline is March 1. Call Jaye at 488-3580 for more.
Pikes Peak Library District is seeking papers for an upcoming symposium highlighting the life of Zebulon Montgomery Pike. The symposium, "Spare No Pains: Zebulon Pike and his 1806-1807 Expedition," will be held June 3. The deadline to submit papers is Feb. 1. Send proposals to Chris Nicholl, Symposium Co-chair, Pikes Peak Library District, P.O. Box 1579, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colorado Sonnet Competition, for sonnets with a Colorado theme. No entry fee, deadline of Jan. 30. Call Jim at 282-0811 for more.