EPIC, the Electronic Publishing Industry CoalitionTM, was incorporated in 1998 to provide a strong voice for electronic publishing. Once an authors' organization, EPICTM has expanded to include hundreds of professionals from all facets of the electronic publishing industry: authors, publishers, editors, artists, and others. Our members work together in a unique collaboration to further the industry.
EPIC is not a publisher, but aspiring authors are invited to look at our member publishers. Check out "Our Members" for listings of our author, publisher, and other industry members.
ePublishing has existed for as long as there has been a digital world, but has exploded in the last decade, and EPIC has grown right along with it. ePublishing is already a major marketplace and the future will only bring greater growth. EPIC exists to help industry professionals network and share information about industry trends, promotion, and the boundless opportunities offered by ePublishing. We also offer much of our knowledge base to visitors. Browse through our pages for lots of hints, guidance, and help.
EPIC does not exist to promote any genre or style of work. Our single organizational focus is promoting ePublishing. Among our members, you'll find authors, publishers, and editors of all the most popular fiction genres, as well as non-fiction, self-help, poetry, and how-to. Our membership also includes cover artists and booksellers.
EPIC presents the eBook Awards and Ariana eBook Cover Art Awards at our annual conference, EPICon, . EPICon also features great workshops, networking, great food, and a fine time for all.
EPIC's members are very proud of our New Voices Young WritersTM Competition. New Voices has become a leading international competition for young authors, promoting reading and writing among middle and high school students while introducing them to the exciting world of eBooks and ePublishing. New Voices has been a launching pad into the world of publishing for many young writers, allowing them their first taste of professional feedback and encouraging 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 homeschools worldwide.
The New Voices Young Writers forum is a safe place for young writers to receive guidance from industry professionals on all aspects of the writing life.
The New Voices Young Writers website is the place to go for all things New Voices Young Writers!
The "bunny" definitions of competition categories might help guide your category choice:
a. Action/Adventure: Secret Agent James Bunny, code name '7.23Cottontail', strives to overcome the machinations of the evil doctor who wants to take over the world. His cousin, Indyana Bunnie, swings over a waterfall, clutching the Stone of Persistence in his grimy little paw while crazed bunny-eating foxes try to hit him with rocks.
b. Contemporary fiction (Formerly Mainstream fiction): A bunny takes a cross-country trip and meets interesting characters along the way. He is not magical nor newly un-zombied, has not escaped from an institution for the criminally inclined, is not from the past nor plans to travel to the future, and does not boff excessively with either female bunnies or male bunnies...or beasts of any ilk.
c. Erotica: A bunny boffs with him/herself or one or more others, with no expectation other than sexual exploration and pleasure.
d. Fantasy: A magical bunny, from the world of Garn, pits his skills against an evil wizard lizard.
e. Historical: A bunny is a soldier in the Civil War, lives in Regency England, or rides the buffalo range...or all three.
f. Horror: A bunny comes back from the dead to take revenge on the foxes who ate him, BBQing them over hot coals one at a time and leaving their bones for their friends to find.
g. Mystery: A hard-boiled detective bunny solves a crime and locks away the mad squirrel scientist. A librarian-amateur sleuth bunny solves a surprising number of murders in her small town. A private investigator bunny, disillusioned with the world, is asked to find a missing lady bunny. In the end they discover the truth behind nefarious plots, saving the day with (often) heroic fervor.
h. Paranormal: A wicked time-traveling ghost bunny from Devonshire haunts the vampire-rat residents who are stalking the beautiful werebears. A psychic bunny helps the police find the Mayor's missing baby frogs. Depending on how much the psychic powers play in the story, the above could be a mystery or a suspense/thriller, i.e. is it predominantly a detective story or is the bunny in extreme danger from her investigation or is it more focused on the paranormal aspect of the bunny's psychic ability?
i. Science Fiction: Space bunnies with really cool gadgets travel to a newly discovered planet, only to find danger from alien bunny-munching monsters.
j. Spiritual: A bunny seeks to understand the invisible, spiritual nature of life, transcending the physical, material plane. Stories entered in this category can be from any faith tradition.
k. Suspense/Thriller: Your heroine uncovers the truth behind the little bunny-down-the-lane, who is really the axe-wielding murderer terrorizing a small Southern town.
l. Romance works may be any of the genres listed above, but must conform to the romance genre convention, that is, your bunnies find true love; they may be chaste (spiritual/inspirational), boff behind closed doors (sweet), boff energetically (more spicy), or boff themselves silly in interesting ways (erotic). Some erotic romances involve multiple lovers...but as long as they find true love, it's a romance.