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Competition update

Judging progress - May 22, 2016

Thank you so much for all the query emails asking about the feedback. This lets drones know that our work is not in vain and that you really care about the feedback our judges provide. 

Okay, guys. Here's the update! The feedback is now being compiled. We hope...hope... to be sending it out this week. 

Keep your fingers crossed!crossedfingers


Sad, but important annoucement.

We have discovered that an entry in the 2015 New Voices Young Writers Competition was plagiarized. Unfortunately this one made it into the Anthology. We try very hard to vet the entries, but obviously, sometimes, one slips through. We depend on the integrity of our entrants and are saddened that this is not always a sufficient protection.

The on-line version is being corrected. The printed versions cannot, unfortunately be corrected. 

We Competition Drones apologize for this. And we're very sad today.

General Information

The entry period for the 2016 New Voices Young Writers Competition is closed! We received a whole lot of entries and are busily preparing them to send out to the judges. More judges would be welcome! If you are a teacher, librarian, published author, publisher, or editor, please register to judge!

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.

Spread the word!

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

Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it's poison to your reader. - Emma Coats

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. - Ernest Hemmingway

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"Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row." ~ Ray Bradbury

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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