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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Support online publishing -- vote in the Million Writers Awards

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.

They are:

The best part is, in the whole collaborative Web 2.0 spirit (sorry about that), readers get to vote. Voting will run from May 17 through June 17, and you can vote on the StorySouth site. More information about the awards and links to the all the stories can be found there.

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