The 2014 storySouth Million Writers Award

The purpose of the 2014 storySouth Million Writers Award is to honor and promote the best fiction published in online literary journals and magazines during 2014.

2014 storySouth Million Writers Award winners

Voting for the 2014 storySouth Million Writers Award has concluded, and we are proud to announce the winners:

First Place: “Eminence” by Caroline Casper
Second Place: “Distance” by Susan Tepper
Third Place: “Inventory” by Carmen Maria Machado

Thank you to everyone who has helped us recognize excellent short fiction on the Internet! And keep your eyes open during the coming year for stories to nominate for the 2015 Million Writers Award!

2014 storySouth Million Writers Award finalists

Congratulations to these authors, whose work was selected by our finalist judges from among the work selected by our preliminary judges.

“Eminence” by Caroline Casper (Carve Magazine)
“What I Wouldn't Do” by Dina Guidubaldi (Superstition Review)
“Repairing the Robot” by Micah Dean Hicks (New Orleans Review)
“Mock Epic” by Christine Hoffman (Eclectica)
“Inventory” by Carmen Maria Machado (Strange Horizons)
“A Series of Windows” by Alex McElroy (Four Way Review)
“Dirwhals” by Ethan Rutherford (Five Chapters)
“Distance” by Susan Tepper (Thrice Fiction)
“The Grinning Man” by An Tran (Eclectica)
“On Murder Island” by Matt Williamson (Nightmare Magazine)

2014 storySouth Million Writers Award notable stories

57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides by Sam J. Miller (Nightmare Magazine)
A Rumor of Angels by Dale Bailey (
A Series of Windows by Alex McElroy (Four Way Review)
A Window or a Small Box by Jedediah Berry (
Acting Lessons by Janalyn Guo (InterFictions Online)
Briefly Luminous Against the Dark by Stephen Ornes (Portland Review)
Burning Girls by Veronica Schanoes (
Cigarettes in Heaven by Jon Pearson (Carve Magazine)
Cross Hairs: 833 Meters by Marin Malaicu-Hondrari (Body Literature)
Dirwhals! By Ethan Rutherford (Five Chapters)
Distance by Susan Tepper (Thrice Fiction)
Ecstatic Gringo by Zachary Amendt (Barely South Review)
Eminence by Caroline Casper (Carve Magazine)
Encased By Ali Eteraz (Forge)
Family: To Become Immortal By Seth Clabough (Litro)
Final Days of the Third Directorate by Ilya Leybovich (decomP)
Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby by Billy O'Callaghan (Linnet's Wings)
Heisenberg by William Shih (Carve Magazine)
Hideous Interview with Brief Man by Nick Mamatas (Fiddleback
Horticulture by Cody T Luff (Swamp Biscuits and Tea)
Inclusion by John Givens (Cha: An Asian Literary Journal)
Inventory by Carmen Maria Machado (Strange Horizons)
I've Always Thought Marjorie Was Okay by G. K. Wuori (Eclectica)
Jack of Coins  by Christopher Rowe (
Melt With You by Emily C. Skaftun (Clarkesworld)
Mock Epic by Christine Hoffmann (Eclectica)
Nothing Ventured By Colette Sartor (Five Chapters)
On Murder Island by Matt Williamson (Nightmare Magazine)
Quantum Tentacles by Emily Koon (Fiddleback)
Rag and Bone by Priya Sharma (
Repairing the Robot by Micah Dean Hicks (New Orleans Review)
Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Clarkesworld)
The Beasts We Want to Be by Sam J. Miller (Electric Velocipede)
The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown by Caroline M. Yoachim (Electric Velocipede)
The Filmmaker: Eight Takes by Grant Faulkner (Eclectica)
The Grinning Man by An Tran (Eclectica)
The Gymnast by Jennifer Harvey (Carve Magazine)
The Kind of Man by Celeste Ng (Five Chapters)
The Last Highway by Jonathan Sapers (Eclectica)
The Long Road to the Deep North By Lavie Tidhar (Strange Horizons)
The Phantom Harlot by An Tran (Big Lucks)
The Shrodinger War by D. Thomas Minton (Lightspeed Magazine)
Tiger Heaven by Patricia Marquez (Pacifica)
Two Prodigal Molecultes of the Gulf Stream by Svetlana Lavochkina (Superstition Review)
What I Wouldn't Do by Dina Guidubaldi (Superstition Review)
Who Are You Supposed to Be? by Elise Burke (Swarm)

Support the Million Writers Award

Each year, the Million Writers Award offers prizes to the authors of the winning story, a runner-up, and an honorable mention. These prizes are possible thanks to your generous support. Please click on the donate link below to offer your support. Donors have the option of being listed on the Million Writers Award Page or remaining anonymous. Donations are not tax-deductible. Except for the small percentage collected by PayPal to facilitate the transaction, all of your donation goes to fund the Award.

For additional questions or inquiries about the Million Writers Award, contact storySouth editor Terry Kennedy at For general updates about the award, be sure to check out storySouth.

Million Writers Award anthologies

Spotlight Publishing has released two retrospective anthologies of Million Writers Award stories. For complete information, including how to order, go here for the SF/F anthology and here for the New Online Voices anthology.

Previous Million Writers Awards

Visit the links below to check out award winners, noteable stories, and donors from previous years.

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