It had escaped my attention that the EPPIES now define "contemporary romance" as "one central, monogamous, romantic relationship between a man and woman". Yee gods and little fishes, this one is back. More info here.
I truly understand that EPIC will get their ass bitten either way -- that goes with the territory in membership organisations. GLBT writers range pretty widely and those basically writing a fetish and those writing about pretty much their own lives sharing what is ostensibly the same theme/genre/box-with-a-bow-on-top. But I think that definition alone should give pause to anyone after the RWA fiasco.
Remember folks, get out there and volunteer to judge regardless. Not just the EPPIES but any contest. Its one of those ways to give back and we all ought to do that from time to time.
p.s. the latest twitter from ravenousromance: "In 5 yrs, only bestsellers will be printed.Authors and pubs will make a lot more $, and bookstores will die. Distribution is a commodity."