Young Writers Become Published Authors: Winning Entries in Youth Writing Contest Published in Anthology E-Book

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EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection, awarded twenty-four prizes to winners in the first annual EPIC New Voices writing competition for middle school and high school students.

EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection, awarded twenty-four prizes to winners in the first annual EPIC New Voices writing competition for middle school and high school students.

“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 organization established the 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 contest was open to students attending public, private, or home schools, and each entrant was permitted to submit one entry in each category (Poetry, Essay, and Short Story). EPIC New Voices 2006 is an anthology of all winning entries and includes a short biography of each winner. The e-book is available for free download on the EPIC Web site, http://www.epicauthors.com, and can be read in PDF (Adobe Acrobat Reader).

The winning students were recognized at an awards presentation ceremony at E-Fiesta! in San Antonio, Texas on March 18, 2006, as part of EPICon 2006. Two winners, Jennifer Strom (First Place, Middle School Poetry and Grand Prize) and Jacy Eggum (First Place, Middle School Short Story), attended and signed CDs of the anthology.

The grand prize winner received $100 in cash, first place winners received eBookwise-1150 e-book readers from Fictionwise.com, and second and third place winners received gift certificates for e-books.

EPIC New Voices 2007 will be open for entries between August 1, 2006 and November 1, 2006. Guidelines can be found at http://www.epicauthors.com/newvoices.html.

EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection, is a professional organization for published and contracted e-book and print authors and other publishing industry professionals. The organization also recognizes excellence in e-books with its annual EPPIES contest. More information can be found on the EPIC Web site, http://www.epicauthors.com.

EPIC, the Voice of E-Publishing, Presents

the New Voices Writing Competition 2006 Winners

Grand Prize

A Picture, Jennifer Strom, Rochester, MN (First Place winner in the Middle School Poetry category)

Middle School Poetry

1st Place: A Picture, Jennifer Strom, Kellogg MS, Rochester, MN

2nd Place: The Deep, Trystan Brown, Homeschooled, Watertown, WI

3rd Place: The Friendship Tear, Ashley Arhart, Ellis Middle School, Austin, MN

Middle School Short Story

1st Place: The Coma, Jacy Eggum, Ellis Middle School, Austin, MN

2nd Place: Rolf's Story, Gabriel Franta, Ellis Middle School, Austin, MN

3rd Place: All He Regrets?, Andrea Saavedra, Pearsall Jr. High, Pearsall, TX

Honorable Mention: Captured by Evil, Tara Wytaske, Ellis Middle School, Austin, MN

Honorable Mention: Being Drug-Free, Mary Alice Tarango, Pearsall Jr. High, Pearsall, TX

Judges' Award: Why I Won't Do Drugs And Alcohol, Christopher Viesca, Pearsall Jr. High, Pearsall, TX

Judges' Award: Think Before You Ever Say Yes, Selena Waldrum, Pearsall Jr. High, Pearsall, TX

Judges' Award: The Cat Who Lost His Whiskers, Jeff Bos, Ellis Middle School, Austin, MN

Judges' Award: Drugs, Eryn Freitas, Pearsall Jr. High, Pearsall, TX

Judges' Award: Why I Will Say No to Drugs, Stephanie D. Jimenez, Pearsall Jr. High, Pearsall, TX

High School Essay

1st Place: Happy New Year!, Hnin Haemar Kin, Townsend Harris High School, Bayside, NY

2nd Place: Stereotype Me, Alan Zhu, International School, Bellevue, WA

High School Poetry

1st Place: The City of Dreams, Roby Behrens, Santa Monica High School, Venice, CA

2nd Place: Unseen Teardrops, Tara Moldovan, Apex High School, Apex, NC

3rd Place: My Small Little Room, Sigin Ojulu, Austin High School, Austin, MN

Honorable Mention: The Storm, Natalie Backhaus, Home School, Lusby, MD

Judges' Award: My One and Only Dad, Alan Zhu, International School, Bellevue, WA

Judges' Award: When God Seems Far Away, Haley Crenwelge, Faith Academy Home School, Tomball, TX

High School Short Story

1st Place: A Change of Heart, Natalie Backhaus, Home School, Lusby, MD

2nd Place: Inherent Devotion, Alan Zhu, International School, Bellevue, WA

3rd Place: Addie, Sigin Ojulu, Austin High School, Austin, MN

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