Million Writers Award
Notable Stories of 2004

Here they are: The notable online short stories of 2004.

Whether you are just beginning to explore the world of online fiction or are an old-hand to the realm, you will find much to enjoy here. All genres of short stories are represented below. All types of writing styles are on exhibit. Journals from around the world are highlighted. The only criteria used to select these stories was excellence and, as you will see, there is plenty of excellence to be found among online journals and magazines.

Thanks to everyone who nominated a story (there were just over 1,200 nominations in all). And a big thanks to the preliminary judges who helped screen the nominations or nominated their own lists of favorite stories: Sefi Atta, Rusty Barnes, Scott Esposito, Megan Powell, Dan Wickett, and the two additional judges who wished to remain anonymous.

In addition, Eclectica Magazine is the winner of this year's Million Writers Award for best online publication by having 11 of their stories selected as notable stories of the year. The King's English wins the Million Writers Award for best publisher of novella-length fiction (something that up until now has been in short supply on the web), and Narrative Magazine wins the Million Writers Award for best new online magazine or journal.

Thanks to everyone for helping to support online literature. And I encourage everyone to check out the Top Ten Stories of 2004, which I selected from the list below.

Jason Sanford
fiction editor and publisher
storySouth


Notable Stories of 2004:

42opus
http://www.42opus.com

Absinthe Literary Review
http://www.absinthe-literary-review.com

Adirondack Review
http://www.adirondackreview.homestead.com

Agni
http://www.bu.edu/agni/index.html

AuthorMe.com
http://www.author-me.com

Arriviste Press
http://www.arrivistepress.com

The Barcelona Review
http://www.barcelonareview.com

Barrelhouse
http://www.barrelhousemag.com

Bullfight Review
http://bullfightreview.com

Blithe House Quarterly: queer fiction lives here
http://www.blithe.com

Carve
http://www.carvezine.com

Chiaroscuro
http://www.chizine.com

Conversely
http://www.conversely.com

dead drunk dublin
http://www.deaddrunkdublin.com

Dead Mule
http://www.deadmule.com

deathlings.com
http://www.deathlings.com

Defenestration
http://www.defenestrationmag.net

Drunken Boat
http://www.drunkenboat.com

Eclectica Magazine
http://www.eclectica.org

Exquisite Corpse
http://corpse.org

Eyeshot
http://eyeshot.net

Failbetter
http://www.failbetter.com

Fiction Attic
http://www.fictionattic.com

Fiction Warehouse
http://www.fictionwarehouse.com

Fortean Bureau
http://www.forteanbureau.com

FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry
http://www.friggmagazine.com

Gator Springs
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/fandango.virtual/gator

Gowanus Books
http://www.gowanusbooks.com

Hardluck Stories
http://www.hardluckstories.com

HOBART
http://www.hobartpulp.com

Identity Theory
http://www.identitytheory.com

Infinity Plus
http://www.infinityplus.co.uk

In Posse Review
http://webdelsol.com/InPosse

Kennesaw Review
http://www.kennesawreview.org

The King's English
http://thekingsenglish.org

Literal Latte
http://www.literal-latte.com

Literary Mama
http://www.literarymama.com

Me Three
http://www.methree.net

Mississippi Review

Monkeybicycle
http://monkeybicycle.net

Narrative Magazine
http://www.narrativemagazine.com

The New Yinzer
http://www.newyinzer.com

Outsider Ink
http://outsiderink.com

(parenthetical note)
http://www.parentheticalnote.com

Paumanok Review
http://www.paumanokreview.com

Pindeldyboz
http://www.pindeldyboz.com

Plaztik Press Literary Magazine
http://www.plaztikpress.com

Plots with Guns
http://plotswithguns.com

Potion
http://www.potionmag.org

The Quarterly Staple
http://www.thequarterlystaple.com

Reflection's Edge
http://reflectionsedge.com

Retort Magazine
http://www.retortmagazine.com

Rouse Magazine
http://www.rousemag.com

Salon.com
http://www.salon.com

Scifiction.com
http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/

THE2NDHAND
http://www.the2ndhand.com

SHOTS Magazine
http://www.shotsmag.co.uk

Shred of Evidence
http://www.shredofevidence.com

Small Spiral Notebook
http://www.smallspiralnotebook.com

Smokelong Quarterly
http://smokelong.com

Socialist Review
http://www.socialistreview.org.uk

Spillway Review
http://www.spillwayreview.com

Spoiled Ink
http://www.spoiledink.com

Stickman Review
http://www.stickmanreview.com

Strange Horizons
http://www.strangehorizons.com

The Summerset Review
http://www.summersetreview.org

Taint Magazine
http://www.taintmagazine.com

Three Candles
http://www.threecandles.org

Thieves Jargon
http://www.thievesjargon.com

The Thrilling Detective Web Site
http://www.thrillingdetective.com

Tryst
http://www.tryst3.com

UndergroundVoices.com
http://www.undergroundvoices.com

Velvet Mafia
http://velvetmafia.com

View Unplugged
http://www.viewsunplugged.com

Weekly Reader
http://weeklyreader.org/

Word Riot
http://wordriot.org

writeThis.com
http://www.writethis.com


Preliminary Judges for the 2004 Million Writers Award:

Sefi Atta was born in Lagos, Nigeria and lives in Meridian, Mississippi. She was a finalist for the Million Writers Award in 2003 and her novel, Everything Good Will Come, was recently published.

Rusty Barnes co-founded and oversees Night Train.

Scott Esposito is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has written for various publications, including Rain Taxi Review of Books. His literary blog is Conversational Reading.

Megan Powell spends an awful lot of time reading, writing, and puttering on the computer. Her online editing efforts include the webzines Shred of Evidence and Fables. Megan's most recent anthology, Crossings, was published last summer and her novel Waxing is scheduled for release this year.

Dan Wickett reads vast quantities of literary fiction and runs the Emerging Writers Network.


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