On June 14th Spotlight Publishing will release two anthologies of Million Writers Award stories. If you pre-order one or both of the anthologies before June 14th you'll receive special pricing and a free ebook. For more information, go here.
Update: We know have nearly $1000 in cash and prizes. Thank to all our donors. More information is here.
The storySouth Million Writers Award is now open. I will be running the reader and editor nominations from this blog; the main award page on storySouth will be where the notable stories and top ten stories are posted.
For background information on the award, please see my introduction to the award and the award rules. The award is for any fictional short story of at least a 1,000 words first published in an online publication during 2011. By "publication," I mean an online magazine or journal with an editorial process (so self-published stories are not eligible).
The deadline for nominations is April 9, 2012. The list of notable stories of the year will be released around the first of May, with the top ten stories released by the end of that month. Voting on the top stories of the year will last for three weeks after the top ten stories are released.
Donations Needed for Prize Money!
Here's the big thing: We need donations to fund this year's prize money. Last year there were three cash prizes: $600 for the overall winner, $200 for the runner-up, and $100 for the honorable mention/third place, plus a $100 gift certificate from the great folks at ThinkGeek. The majority of this prize money was raised through donations from writers, editors and readers. I hope we can reach these amounts again.
Please note that since these donations do not go through Spring Garden Press (storySouth's publisher), donations are not tax deductible. However, your entire donated amount will be used for the prize money, minus the small fee PayPal deducts for transmitting the money. All donors will have the option of having their name and donation listed on the Million Writers Award page. Donors may also remain anonymous.
To donate, go here.
Thanks to everyone who has taken part in the award in previous years, and I hope you enjoy it again this year. I will be posting updates on this blog throughout the award process. For more frequent updates, be sure to check out my Twitter account.