Grades 6 – 12 Short Story, Poetry and Essay Contest

EPIC Writing Contest For Students

Competition Guidelines

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 U.S., 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).

Language: All entries must be in English.

Entry Limit: An entrant may enter no more than one (1) entry in each category, equaling a maximum of three (3) entries.

Entry Fee: None.

Deadline: All entries must be received between August 1, 2010 and October 20, 2010.

Judging: Entries will be judged by a panel of judges, including teachers, librarians, published writers, publishers, and editors. All entrants will receive feedback ONLY from the first-round judging panel. Finalists will move to a secondary judging panel.

Profane, sexually explicit, plagiarized, or libelous content will be rejected as an entry.
Middle School Categories
(Ages 11 – 14)
High School Categories
(Ages 15 – 18)
Story (Fictional Short Story)

  • Maximum length: 750 words
  • All genres will be considered.
Story (Fictional Short Story)

  • Maximum length: 1000 words
  • All genres will be considered.
Poetry

  • Maximum length: 20 lines
  • All themes and forms will be accepted
Poetry

  • Maximum length: 30 lines
  • All themes and forms will be accepted
Essay (nonfiction)

  • Maximum length: 750 words
  • All themes and forms will be accepted
Essay (nonfiction)

  • Maximum length: 1000 words
  • All themes and forms will be accepted

Competition Guidelines and Rules

Contest entry grants a one-time, non-exclusive print and electronic right for EPIC to publish the entrant’s submission, biography, and e-book knowledge in the EPIC’s Anthology and on the EPIC Website. Entrants retain the copyright to their individual work.

EPIC reserves the right to cancel a category if, at the sole discretion of the EPIC’s Young Writers Competition Chair(s), there are not enough entries to merit judging.

For entry form, more details and if you have questions visit:

http://www.newvoicesyoungwriters.com/enter.html

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