The Million Writers Award notable stories of 2009 have now been posted. Check them out here. A big congratulations to all the authors on the list. And an equal congrats to the magazines which won this year's overall awards:
- Fantasy Magazine, Million Writers Award for best online publication (by virtue of landing seven stories on the notable list);
- Subterranean Magazine, Million Writers Award for best publisher of novella-length fiction. Runner-up is Prick of the Spindle, while previous three-time winner The King's English was honorably retired from consideration to give other magazines a shot.
- Kill Author, Million Writers Award for best new online magazine or journal. Runner-ups are Cerise Press, Knee Jerk Magazine, and Slush Pile.
Obviously I have a lot of reading ahead of me. I plan to select my top ten stories by May 1st; the public vote for the best story will start at that point. I want to thank the editors and readers who nominated stories. And a big thanks to the preliminary judges who screened the nominations and/or nominated their own favorites: Beverly Akerman, Forrest Anderson, Thom Didato, Roxanne Halpine, Rusty Keele, Travis Kurowski, Dorothee Lang, Judah Mahay, Erica Naone, Karen L. Newman, Nick Ripatrazone, Alexis Enrico Santí, Beth Staples, D. Antwan Stewart, Wayne E. Yang (along with several judges who wished to remain anonymous).
Finally, thanks to our donors, whose support enables us to give away the following prizes: