Young Author Contest Deadline Extended

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New Voices, the three-year-old EPIC contest for middle school and high school students, has been extended until November 30, 2007.

In this world of technological advances, there is often the technological glitch associated. Such a glitch struck the New Voices contest, held yearly by The Electronically Published Internet Connection. The glitch, in the form of a malfunctioning fax machine used to receive entries from middle school and high school students worldwide, put a damper on the usual festive affair of the young contest.

"We've resolved the problem, now," contest coordinator Debi Sullivan assures us. "But, in the interest of correcting this problem and getting the contest off the ground this year, we've extended the usual deadline to November 30, 2007." The new fax number, 210-344-1958, is in service and accepting entries, at this time.

The New Voices contest is open to middle school and high school students worldwide. Those students may be in public school, private school or even home schooled. There is no cost to students to enter the contest, but donors provide prizes of PDAs, cash and gift certificates. In addition, all winning entries are published in the free New Voices e-book anthology. A print copy of the anthology is provided free to each winner's school by EPIC, and additional copies of that anthology are available for sale at cost.

The contest, which was instituted as an aid to teachers and a writing prompt to increase literacy in students, encourages them to enter up to three pieces of work, one in each of the age-appropriate categories: poetry, short story and essay. It also facilitates the students learning about e-books, the fastest growing publishing industry segment today, and introduces teachers to the advantages of e-books in the classroom.

For the first time ever, The New Voices winners and a parent or guardian are invited for a free meal at EPICon, where the young writers may accept their awards in person and meet the attending authors and publishers, in a relaxed atmosphere. In the past, attending winners were awarded at eFiesta, but that has proven too problematic, since the crowds don't allow for proper recognition for the entrants.

New Voices has grown remarkably in its short life. Winners in the 2007 contest, for instance, hailed from fourteen US states, three Canadian cities and Singapore. "We hope the extension will allow more people to enter, and we apologize for the glitch in the system," EPIC president Brenna Lyons concludes. "It was an unforeseen circumstance, and we hope it doesn't affect the hard work of the student entrants and the New Voices staff, in the long run."

Entrants are highly encouraged to confirm their entries with Ms. Sullivan at newvoices@epicauthors.com Prospective entrants who believed they missed the deadline have been granted an extension and are highly encouraged to enter.

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