(PRWEB) April 3, 2005
The Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC) is proud to present the sixth annual EPPIE Awards. These awards, which honor the finest electronically published books of the year, were presented at a gala affair on Saturday, March 12, 2005 in Long Beach at the EPPIE Banquet during EPICon 2005.
"Spotlighting excellence in electronic publishing, the EPPIES are the premiere award in the e-publishing industry," says Jane Bierce, EPIC president. The longest-standing award of its type, the EPPIE has continued to flourish as the market makes gains every year and has grown in esteem throughout the publishing world. As cutting-edge as the industry itself, the EPPIE has come to exemplify the best books coming out of small press. Open to all e-published books, written by EPIC members or not and in a variety of genres, it is the most inclusive award of its type.
"Film has Cannes and the Oscars. The stage has the Tonys and television has the Emmys," said Micqui Miller, Vice President of EPIC. "We're still a fledging industry, but in ten years, when PDAs are an accepted part of everyone's life like cell phones and e-mail, you'll see our EPPIEs right up there with Oscar and Tony. I've garnered some prestigious awards and critical praise for my writing over the years, but none I cherish more than finaling in last year's EPPIEs. Our peers are our toughest critics, so their acclaim means the most."
Finalists were selected from 457 entries in 19 categories -- a significant number of entries for a six-year-old competition in a young industry. The judging was done by EPPIE members, all published authors or publishing professionals. The 86 finalists were sent to another panel for final judging.
In addition to the EPPIE, each year EPIC presents the Ariana Best in Category Cover Awards and the Quasar Award for superior achievement in cover art, along with the Patricia White Service Award to one individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to EPIC and the Friend Of E-Publishing Award to an individual who has made a contribution to e-publishing as a whole.
According to the head of Epic's Publisher Coalition, Karen Syed, "When a publishing company steps into the electronic arena, EPIC is a must. The EPPIE Awards offer those publishers an opportunity to showcase their best titles and gain accolades and credibility in a highly competitive industry."
In contrast to the pomp and circumstance of the EPPIE banquet, an event marked this year by authors and industry professionals in gowns worthy of the Queen Mary's opulence and history, EPICon boasts three tracks of educational programming that attendees claim are second to none. PR co-chair Brenna Lyons comments, "Our second place standing as a writers' resource in the 2004 P&E Polling says it all. If you are e-published or only interested in the market, there is no better place to learn about e-publishing or to network with the established names in the business. When you attend EPICon, you will meet the best in the field, people who are willing to share their knowledge and experience. That is how an industry grows, and EPIC will stand the test of time as the first and best resource for the e-publishing industry."
And the 2005 EPPIE goes to...
**WINNER** For the Love Of... Book One Luck of the Irish By Kally Jo SurbeckÂLoose-ID
**WINNER** Beyond the Mundane: Unravelings By Daniel J. Reitz, Sr. (ed.), Nick Aires, Nick Andreychuk, June Avila, Michele R. Bardsley, Margaret L. Carter, Lawrence Crossett, Frances Evlin, Sharon K. Garner, Robert L. Hecker, Linda Hope Lee, Carrie S. Masek, L.B. Milano, Carolyn Russell,Terry Sheils, Eolake Stobblehouse, Jeff Strand, C.J. WintersÂMundania Press LLC
**WINNER** The Thing in the Tub and Other Poems By Charlott Babb, Jim Johnson, KG McAbee, Richard C. Meehan, Diane Thompson, Steve Thompson, Allen Johnson ÂMystic Toad Press
**WINNER** Brother Dragon By Terri BransonÂDragonfly Publishing, Inc.
**WINNER** All's Faire By Sally SorensonÂScheherazade Tales
**WINNER** Natural Law By Joey W. HillÂElloraÂs Cave
**WINNER** The Crow Queen By Elaine CorvidaeÂMundania Press LLC
FANTASY/PARANORMAL/SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE
**WINNER** To Challenge a Dragon By Shelly LaurentsonÂTriskelion
**WINNER** The Golden King By Max OvertonÂMundania Press LLC
**WINNER** Promises Linger By Sarah McCartyÂElloraÂs Cave
**WINNER** Illusion of Memory By LB MilanoÂMundania Press LLC
**WINNER** Reach of the Claw By Lawrence CrossettÂLTD Books
**WINNER** Heaven's Blue By Penelope MarzecÂAwe-Struck Books
**WINNER** Murder in La Paz By Murdoch HughesÂHard Shell Word Factory
**WINNER** Teach Me, I'm Yours By Joan Bramsch ÂJB Information Station
**WINNER** Chapter and Verse By Barri BryanÂHard Shell Word Factory
**WINNER** Harley Street By Lynne ConnollyÂNovel Books Inc.
**WINNER** Regs By Nina M OsierÂeBooksOnThe.Net
**WINNER** Progressions By Judy LawnÂZumaya Publications
**WINNER** Blind-Sided By Monette Michaels and Janet FerranÂAtlantic Bridge Publishing
**WINNER** Heritage of Horror Book 2: The Change By Lynne HansenÂHard Shell Word Factory
PATRICIA LUCAS WHITE SERVICE AWARD TIE!
**WINNER** Betty Kasischke
**WINNER** Daniel J. Reitz, Sr.
FRIEND OF E-PUBLISHING AWARD
Steve and Scott Pendergrast, Fictionwise, Inc.
QUASAR AWARD (Cover Art)
**WINNER** Best in Category Historical and Western - Death Rides A Pale HorseÂcover artist Holly SmithÂpublisher Treble Heart Books
For the complete list of finalists, please visit our site at http://www.epicauthors.com/