Million Writers Award finalists (and some other great stories)

A hard deal--that's what it was, trying to select the top ten online stories for the 2009 Million Writers Award. I guess we've reached the point where so many great stories are being published online each year that it's difficult to select only ten great stories.

As always, my choices were limited to the 2009 Million Writers Award notable stories, selected by our preliminary judges. So if a story wasn't on that list, I didn't consider it.

Without further delay, my selections for the top ten online stories are:

Please go over to the storySouth Million Writers Award page to vote for your favorite story. Thanks to the support of our donors, the top three winners of the public vote will receive, respectively, $500, $200, and $100. The public vote will run from today through June 17, 2009.

I'd also like to single the following stories out for praise. They all made my short list for the top ten:

3AM Magazine

Abyss & Apex


Arch Literary Journal

Baen's Universe

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Carve Magazine

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal

Clarkesword Magazine

Eclectica Magazine


Farrago's Wainscot


The King's English

Our Stories


Plots with Guns

Serendipity Magazine

Smokelong Quarterly


Strange Horizons

Word Riot