Why was I disqualified?
How do you know you were disqualified? Our rules state that disqualifications are made "without notification or refund." However, there are any number of reasons for an entry to be disqualified. Here are the most frequent reasons:
A file that arrives with the filename 919954867.pdf
After you pay your entry fee, you will receive a link to the upload form. There are two steps regarding your file that have to match: the typed name and the uploaded file.
On the upload form you will see the field "Filename" where you type in what the filename should be in the format F01-MyBook (the category code-title). Correctly typing the filename does not affect the name of your uploaded file. This filename helps us figure out what weird uploaded file belongs to which entrant...and so we don't say rude, very funny things about the entrant. We used to correct naming errors, but the competition has grown and this hands-on assistance is no longer possible.
See the FAQ for assistance on correctly naming your uploaded file. We've gotten lots of entries where the filename is correctly typed in the entry form, but the filename on the actual uploaded file is funky beyond belief. So, it's up to you to make sure your files are correctly named for both the Filename box and your uploaded file.
Done correctly, your entry will slide into the correct category, fly to the appropriate judges, and have the best opportunity to win our award!
Advance Reading Copy or Review Galley
Seriously? Yeah, we've gotten uploads of ARCs and Review copies that had that in the filename, which was also not correct. Obviously, you don't sell ARCs or review copies, so don't send them to us. More rude comments... Don't make us talk dirty!
Previously entered books
No kidding. If it's been entered before, even with a different publisher or title, or any other changes that you've made to it, it's still the same book. See the FAQ on this issue.
We're a pretty open-minded bunch here in EPIC, but even we have our limits. Depictions of bestiality, necrophilia, snuff, or pedophilia as acceptable sexual practices will get you tossed.
Naturally, we're fans of paranormal works. Shape-shifters are not animals, so the bestiality prohibition does not apply. Same deal for aliens who evolved from cats, dragons, skunk bears, whatever. They're all good...really good.
Zombies may be undead, but that means they're not corpses...right?... so, in the icky case of zombie sex, well...okay. But sex with corpses...stone-cold dead corpses, is too icky...yuck...pew...
Snuff, do we need to explain? If you don't know what that is, you don't write it, so don't worry about it.
In the case of pedophilia, we recognize historical accuracy may allow very young protagonists, and you'd have to live under a very large rock not to know that kids are engaging in sexual activity. Pedophilia is a crime, where an older person victimizes a child. This situation may be used as a plot element but, obviously, we don't accept books that depict pedophilia as an acceptable life choice.
There are things that cross the lines of most people's comfort zone. Using children and animals is one of them. There are some practices which, though there are clearly consenting adults who enjoy them, are so far out of the mainstream that we cannot ask our judges to read about them.
EPIC, as an organization, is dedicated to inclusion and acceptance, but our rules indicate where we've drawn the line.