Kyle Minor: The 'Tom Hanks' of this year's Million Writers Award

Kyle Minor has emerged as the 'Tom Hanks'* of this year's Million Writers Award, garnering four notable stories spread across three magazines--Freight Stories,Pindeldyboz, and Plots with Guns. In addition to these online publications, Kyle's stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Best American Mystery Stories 2008, while his short story collection In the Devil's Territory was recently published to critical acclaim.

I had the opportunity to meet Kyle a few years back and can state that in addition to being a great writer, he's also a great guy. As I compiled the preliminary judges' story selections, it was a pleasant surprise to see different judges select four of Kyle's stories. I encourage people to check out his work, along with all the other notable stories.

*In case anyone doesn't understand this reference, back in the 1990s Hanks won back-to-back Oscars for Best Actor and seemed to pop up on the award ballots year after year.