Welcome to New Voices!

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.

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..



Welcome to the New Voices Young Writers Forum. You'll find answers, guidance, feedback on your latest work in progress, and much more. Most important, you'll find encouragement and support from kids your age and caring mentors who have already traveled the path you are just beginning.


Anyone between the ages of 10 and 19 may join the New Voices Young Writers Forum.


We all know there are creeps out there and we want to make sure we do everything we can to keep the creeps out and keep you safe.

  • Private one-on-one off-list conversations between list members is absolutely forbidden. Any member of the of the forum verified to have attempted to contact another member off-list will be banned permanently. No warnings.
  • All off-list mentoring or other contact must be BCC'd to the New Voices Forum group. Violation will result in the mentor being removed. No warnings.
  • Forum members will not post any personal information on the forum. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • telephone numbers;
    • addresses;
    • social networking handles;
    • real names;
    • city, state, country, etc.
  • Posts will be moderated and inappropriate posts will be deleted.
    • "Inappropriate" includes crude language that you wouldn't use in front of your grandmother.
    • It also includes threatening, abusive, or otherwise not nice stuff.
    • Only one warning will be given. On the second occurrence, the violator will be booted.


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