March 2023

"The road to hell is paved with adverbs." Stephen King



Join EPIC for a Dynamic, Informative, Workshop on Self Publishing And Marketing

Saturday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. until noon

Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St,

Edmonds, WA 98020

Coffee, water, and light snacks provided

EPIC members $60, non-members $75

To purchase a ticket,

use the QR code or

visit our website.

Former literary agent Beth Jusino is an award-winning writer, developmental editor, teacher, and publishing consultant with more than twenty years of experience helping individuals navigate the complicated space between first draft and published book.

Beth is the author of

The Author’s Guide to Marketing: Make a Plan That Attracts More Readers and Sells More Books (You Might Even Enjoy It). She’s been a collaborator, contributor, or ghostwriter to dozens of additional titles published by large and small presses. As a developmental editor, she’s worked with hundreds of writers in both fiction and nonfiction, helping each draw out their own unique story.

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Paddy Eger's new book "Sticks & Stones: Breaking the Silence"

is now available. You can find all the details and pre-order your copy at the link below.

Follow Meg Appens

on her journey navigating the ups and downs of high school, friends, and teenage life.

#youngadult #comingofage #ya #yafiction #youngadultfiction #stickandstones #breakingsilence

Pre-Order Sticks & Stones Here


Laura Kemp's screenplay

"Burn Pattern" is now a semifinalist in the 2023 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Semifinalists represent the top 10% of almost 2,000 entries inclusive of features, pilots, and shorts. Finalists will be announced on March 10, 2023.

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by the 15th of the


150 words or fewer

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Judith Works, EPIC Board member and past president, read her short story "Life Cycle" to an audience of members belonging to Creative Colloquy, a literary group headquartered in Tacoma. Life Cycle is one of five short works placed in 100 bottles around the city for the pleasure of locals to discover a story to enjoy during during the winter months.

If you're in the area, keep an eye out on the beach, in the park, or near an art work to join in the fun.

In addition to her in-person book signing at Third Place Books on Jan. 11, Erica Miner has been busy guest blogging for numerous writing sites.

Here's a sample of what Erica has produced this January:

Guest Blogger at Ladies of Mystery

Interview with Lynn Slaughter

"Aria for Murder"

Art Beat

Erica’s recent release,

"Aria for Murder," was also mentioned

in the

Art Beat, on My Edmonds News.

The Writer's Desk

Check out

 Laura Moe's monthly column,

"The Writer's Desk," in the Edmonds News.

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Submission period:

February 1, 2023 through midnight on Saturday, April 8, 2023

Submissions welcome in the following categories:

Prose (fiction or non-fiction) – Adults and Students (grades 8-12)

Poetry – Adults and Students (grades 8-12)

(Portions of larger works are acceptable if under 1500 words)

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Cash awards

1st Place in Poetry & Prose Adults - $150

1st Place in Poetry & Prose Students - $100

2nd Place in Poetry & Prose for Adults & Students - $50

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Our judges are looking forward to reading your work!

"I was thrilled and honored when my nonfiction/memoir essay, 'Mr. Buchwald,' won First Place in EPIC’s 2022 Prose Contest. A place or win in a respected 

contest like EPIC’s is an opportunity for writers to compete and be recognized by a wider audience while adding to their writing credentials. And who doesn’t like prize money?" Linda Summersea, 2022 First Place Prose Winner

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Entry Fees:

Members: $10.00

Non-Members: $15.00

Students: FREE


"I was very surprised to win. It made me think that maybe my writing is pretty good, and being recognized inspired me to keep writing." Ashley,  second place winner in Student Poetry, 2021.

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"I was really excited to win and very nervous to read [my] writing out loud to an audience." Cristian, second place winner in Student Poetry, 2022.

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1st EPIC Open Mic Since Covid

A good time was had by all at Cafe Louvre, Feb 26th, 2023 - 5 to 6:30 PM

Stay tuned for another Open Mic in the Spring.

Keith Fryer

Hiroko Malatesta

Ali Ersfeld

Christian Piparo

A Good Turnout

Kathleen Glassburn

Mary Ann Schradi

Naomi Wark

Elizabeth Peck


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