Student Writing Contest: A Chance for Middle School and High School Writers to be Published Electronically

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EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection, has established a competition to encourage reading and writing among middle school and high school students and to promote e-book literacy in public and private schools.

EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection, has established a competition to encourage reading and writing among middle school and high school students and to promote e-book literacy in public and private schools.

“The future of e-publishing is in the next generation,” Jane Bierce, President of EPIC, said. “As 'the voice of electronic publishing,' EPIC wants to recognize future electronic authors through this contest.”

The result of the first annual competition will be the anthology "EPIC New Voices 2006" to be published in June 2006. This anthology will include all prize-winning entries as selected by the judges. The grand prize is $100 cash, first place winners in each category will win e-book readers, and second and third place winners take home $50 and $25 gift certificates, respectively, for e-books. The winners will be announced at the EPIC Conference in San Antonio, Texas in March 2006.

The contest is open to students attending public, private, or home schools anywhere in the world, but all entries must be submitted electronically in English. Students should be in grades 7 through 12 in the US or the equivalent level in the school system of their country. Categories include Short Story (fiction), Poetry, and Essay (nonfiction). Each entrant may submit no more than one (1) entry in each category — a maximum of three (3) entries per entrant. Entries in each category will be judged by a panel of three judges, including teachers, librarians, and published writers.

Guidelines and entry forms are available on the EPIC Conference Web site at http://www.epic-conference.com. All winning entries will be published in the anthology "EPIC New Voices 2006," which will be distributed on CD at the EPIC Conference and by download on the EPIC Web site.

EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection, is a professional organization for published and contracted e-book and print authors. It was established to provide a strong voice for electronic publishing. More information can be found on the organization's Web sites at http://www.epicauthors.org and http://www.epic-conference.com.

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