They have just announced the 2009 Alessi Seminar.
Some changes this year:
Three categories, not two..
Old system: 16 participants and a bunch of auditors
New system: 8 participants, 16 apprentices and a bunch of auditors
Top three participants are finalists in a solo competition at the seminar.
As I've said in my blog entries from the 2007 Alessi seminar, you owe it to yourself to attend.