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The entry period for the 2016 New Voices Young Writers Competition has begun! Read the rules for all the info!

Note: The rules have been updated. Biggest changes:

  • The Essay Category is now Non-Fiction, to better describe the entries that we have received which include biographies, memoirs, commentary, etc.
  • Word count for non-fiction and stories is now 1000 for the Junior Division, 1500 for the Senior Division. Poetry line limits have been increased to 25 lines for Junior Division, 35 lines for Senior Division.

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The 2015 New Voices Anthology is now available for download. Click here.

On Conflict: 

"Conflict is the struggle against someone or something in which the outcome is in doubt. In books, bad things happen to good people." ~ Debra Dixon

"Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of." – Kurk Vonnegut.

"Let me  warn you... if conflict makes you unconfortable or you have difficulity wrecking the lives of your characters, you need to consider another line of work ,"~ Debra Dixon

"When you describe a character, you give the reader an image of him. But when you put him to the test by putting him in conflict, then he springs to life. He is forced to make a decision, and then forced to act upon that decision. This displays the mettle of the character, which allows the reader to get to the essence of who the character is." ~ Elizabeth George


One of the leading competitions in the electronic world for young authors, the New Voices Young Writer's Competition™ encourages reading and writing among middle and high school students while introducing them to the exciting world of eBooks and ePublishing, the wave of the literary future.

NewVoices2015 smallThe New Voices Young Writer's Competition™  can become 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 competition accepts entries from students attending public, private, or home schools from all over the world.

Know an aspiring young writer? The New Voices Young Writers Competition brochure can be downloaded and distributed to any school, homeschool organization, or young writer. Copies of the brochure can be requested by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




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