Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Judges Needed

EPIC's competitions are gearing up for judging and it's time to sign up if you wish to take part. I tend to support contests I enter with judging. If you have the interest and the time, please consider doing so as well.

Who is eligible to judge?

eBook Awards-

Published Authors (at least contracted with their first book)




New Voices will additionally take-



No offense meant to readers and reviewers, but these are peer judged/professional ly judged awards.

When is judging?

First round judging for eBooks would start by August 15th and end 5 or 6 weeks later. Final round judging (if you choose to do so) starts in the last two weeks of October and be done before the holidays.

What would I be judging?

EBook Awards gives you the chance to choose divisions (poetry, non-fiction, anthology, children's/YA, genre fiction, romance, erotic romance, and erotica) of judging but not individual categories. If you don't want to handle erotic content or GLBT, we will make every effort to avoid it for you. If you like romance, but will be entering the contemp romance and historical romance categories, just note that. All entries are sent to judges as unsecured PDF.

The New Voices Young Writers Competition covers only middle and high school entrants, and their word limit is very short. The longest entries in that contest will be no more than 2000 words long and covers poetry, essay, and fiction stories for each age level division. Entries are typically sent to judges as DOC or RTF.

We do our absolute best to give you the divisions you ask for in both contests, but we may ask you to judge elsewhere, if necessary.

Are there limits on judging?

We prefer a minimum of 5 books/stories judged over the period for the eBook Awards and 3 pieces for the New Voices Award. Both contests are set to a maximum no more than 25 books/stories/ poems per judge. (Believe it or not, we have people ask for more.) You choose the number you are willing to judge.

Will I own the books I judge?

Our agreement with the entrants is that judges will delete the eBook after judging, but you still get free reads and the chance to discover new-to-you authors.

How do I get in on this great opportunity?

Sign up to judge the contest/s at JudgesApplicatio n

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

EPIC Awards 2011

Did you release a book in eBook formats between June 1, 2009 and May 30,

2010? Want to know how to enter the longest-standing and most-inclusive

eBook contest around? Have questions about the rules that aren't covered by

the FAQ? Want to see what has changed this year? It's all in one convenient


A Q&A period about entering the EPIC eBook Competition (formerly called

EPPIE) will be held on the eWorkshop group from June 29th through July 10th,

2010. The sessions will be hosted by members of the competition committee.

Everyone is welcome (member and not). Just sign onto the list at this



the Q&A period starts.

The contest will be open for entries from July 15th-August 15th this year,

so start thinking about what you want to enter, and may we all have a

prosperous year.

Permission to pass this message along granted.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Say what?

My horoscope says: The movie 'City of Angels' posits a whole legion of angels surrounding us at all times, right there by our sides every time a difficult or taxing situation comes up. They (invisibly) hold our hands, (silently) offer us words of comfort and help us make decisions that would be too tough for us to handle alone. Don't be too surprised if you feel the tingly presence of a benevolent guardian today.

I don't believe in horoscopes, but I found this one a bit funny. That benevolent guardian is probably trying to cover my mouth with his/her hand. My moods haven't been light and airy lately. I've been cursing BP for over 40 days and nights, I'm been cursing the muse longer than that. Even my doc says I need to calm down or else. What else what, I'm not sure.

But I've deicided I can't do a thing about the oil spill, so I'm giving it over to those who can and praying a lot. If the muse wants to run away from me, bye bye, I can write without her. The doc can go on with his business, I'll calm down as quickly as I can.

Now if the dang heat would let up, I'd be good to go.