Welcome to New Voices!

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

The entry period for 2016 begins on November 1, 2015.  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.

On Following the Rules: 

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. ~ W. Somerset Maugham 

You can get away breaking all the other rules at least once in a while, but you can’t get away with breaking this one. Readers will accept almost anything from you if you don’t make them feel they have wasted their time and money. ~ Terry Brooks

“One rule of the road not directly stated elsewhere in this book: 'The editor is always right.' The corollary is that no writer will take all of his or her editor’s advice; for all have sinned and fallen short of editorial perfection.” ~Stephen King, on Writing

“First chapters are like first impressions – you only get one chance. So don’t blow it.” ~ Debra Dixon

"If there’s one rule about writing, it’s that there are no rules. Anytime someone tells me about a rule, I set out immediately to break it." ~ Elizabeth George

Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations. ~ 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..