Judges Needed for Million Writers Award

Preparations are underway for storySouth's 2007 Million Writers Award, which will honor the best short stories published online in the previous year (i.e., during the 2006 calendar year). The award will be open for nominations from editors and readers beginning on March 15. For more information on nominating a story, see the rules. Please also check out the winning stories from last year's award.

This year's award will again be sponsored by the Edit Red Writing Community (formerly known as Spoiled Ink). As a result of this sponsorship, the award features a $300 prize for the overall winner and $50 memberships to Edit Red for each of the authors of the top ten stories of the year.

More information, such as where to submit nominated stories, will be made available on March 1. Until then, the storySouth editors are looking for preliminary judges to help select the notable stories of the year. Each preliminary judge picks up to ten notable stories, either selecting from the list of nominated stories or picking stories on their own. The names of the preliminary judges will not be revealed until after the list of notable stories is released. Because this award honors short fiction in all genres of writing, judges with experience in general literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, and other fiction genres are needed. Anyone interested in applying to be a judge should contact Jason Sanford. Please include a brief summary of your qualifications to serve as a judge.

And as always, donations are encouraged to help cover the costs of the award.