So far I've received nearly 600 votes in the 2011 storySouth Million Writers Award. There is a small shakeup from last week's numbers, with the former number one story "The Green Book" dropping to number three while "The Incorrupt Body of Carlo Busso" and "Arvies" surged to numbers one and two. However, I should point out that it doesn't take many votes to do this and that all of the top five stories are very much in contention for the top prize.
Anyway, here are the current vote percentages, ranked from highest to lowest.
- "The Incorrupt Body of Carlo Busso" by Eric Maroney (Eclectica) – 17%
- "Arvies" by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine) – 15%
- "The Green Book" by Amal El-Mohtar (Apex Magazine) – 13%
- "Most of Them Would Follow Wandering Fires" by Amber Sparks (Barrelhouse) – 13%
- "Do You Have a Place for Me" by Roxane Gay (Spork Press) – 12%
- "Cancer Party" by Nicola Mason (Blackbird) – 8%
- "Hell Dogs" by Daphne Buter (FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry) – 8%
- "Arthur Arellano" by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Narrative Magazine) – 7%
- "Here is David, the Greatest of Descendants" by Spencer Kealamakia (Anderbo) – 4%
- "Elegy for a Young Elk" by Hannu Rajaniemi (Subterranean Magazine) – 3%
Remember, the public vote is open through July 6, 2011. Readers and writers may vote one time for their favorite by clicking here. And please note that I had to delete a number of duplicate votes this time. If you don't provide a valid name and email address your vote won't be counted.
The prizes for this year's award are:
- First place: $600 plus the $100 gift certificate from ThinkGeek
- Runner-up: $200
- Honorable mention/third place: $100