For some time no, online writing has ceased to be the realm of poorly-written Harry Potter fanfic, gothic breakup poems written by suicidal 13-year-old girls, and slapped-together NaNoWriMo stuff written entirely without the letter "e." Legitimate literary magazines like Epiphany, AGNI and Narrative publish some of their best work exclusively online. Many young writers I know have gotten their start in online publications like Eyeshot, Barrelhouse, Wigleaf, etc. The excitement of seeing your microfiction one of these sites is, for my generation, nearly on par with what publishing two poems in the Antioch Review was for our parents'.
So, it was only a matter of time before somebody put together some cash awards to bestow on these worthy writers. Shove it, Pushcart Prize. The Million Writers Awards, which began in 2004, are sponsored by storySouth, and include some not-too-shabby cash prizes:
* Overall winner: $500
* Runner-up: $200
* Honorable mention (third place): $100
The nominees were chosen by writer Jason Sanford, the editor of story South and founder of the contest.
- "The Whale Hunter" by Steinur Bell (Agni)
- "Intertropical Convergence Zone" by Nadia Bulkin (ChiZine)
- "No Bullets in the House" by Geronimo Madrid (Drunken Boat)
- "Fuckbuddy" by Roderic Crooks (Eyeshot)
- "The Fisherman's Wife" by Jenny Williams (LitNImage)
- "Every Earth is Fit for Burial" by Cyn Kitchen (Menda City Review)
- "Interview With A Moron" by Elizabeth Stuckey-French (Narrative Magazine)
- "The Tale of Junko and Sayuri" by Peter S. Beagle (OSC's Intergalactic Medicine Show)
- "Grief Mongers" by Sefi Atta (Per Contra Fiction)
- "Nine Sundays in a Row" by Kris Dikeman (Strange Horizons)