The storySouth Million Writers Award closed to reader and editor nominations at the end of the day on March 31. Editors from 69 online magazines and journals nominated up to three stories each from their publications; in addition, readers and writers nominated around 270 stories.
The nominated stories:
The preliminary judges are now going through the nominated stories and sending their selections to me. I should have the list of notable stories up by April 15. The top ten selections will be up around May 1st, at which time the voting for the top story begins. For more information on the award, please see my previous introduction and the award rules. Thanks to the generosity of many donors, this year's award offers the following prize money:
- $500 for the overall winner,
- $200 for the runner-up,
- $100 for honorable mention/third place.