One of the leading competitions in the electronic world for young authors, New Voices encourages reading and writing among middle and high school students while introducing them to the exciting world of ebooks and e-publishing, the wave of the literary future. This introduction into the exciting world of e-books and e-publishing is often a launching pad into the world of publishing for many young writers, allowing them their first taste of professional feedback and pushing them to achieve their dream of seeing their words in print.
Established by EPIC in 2006, the contest accepts entries from students attending public, private, or home schools, and each entrant is permitted to submit one entry in each category.
Eligible Students: This contest is open to students worldwide, attending public, private, or home schools. Students must be in junior high/middle school or high school in the US, or the equivalent grade level in their specific international school system.
Categories for Entries: Entries may be a story, poem, or essay, written specifically for the contest or as a school assignment for grades 6-8/ages 11-14 (Middle School categories) or grades 9-12/ages 15-18 (High School categories). The sub-categories are Story (fictional short story), Poetry, and/or Essay (nonfiction).
Word Length: Middle School: Poetry 20 lines maximum; Prose 750 words maximum
High school: Poetry 30 lines; Prose 1,000 words
Prizes: $100 grand prize for best entry in each of two age categories (one prize across all genres) plus publication and prizes
Deadline: October 20, 2010
How to Enter: Use online entry form
For more information go to EPIC’s Young Writers.