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The top ten online stories of 2011

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.

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The Million Writers Award top ten stories of 2011 are:

Our three final judges were Forrest Anderson, Jeff VanderMeer, and one judge who wished to remain anonymous. The judges' bios and our everlasting, super-gushing thanks are below.

Our wonderful judges

Many thanks to our three final judges: Forrest Anderson, Jeff VanderMeer, and the one judge who wished to remain anonymous. They read through this year's notable stories and picked their ten favorites. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Forrest Anderson's stories have appeared in Blackbird, The South Carolina Review, The North Carolina Literary Review, The Louisville Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of the doctoral creative writing program at Florida State University, where he worked for two years as an archivist and assistant for Robert Olen Butler, he lives in Salisbury, NC where he is an assistant professor of English at Catawba College.

Jeff VanderMeer is a two time winner of the World Fantasy Award whose stories have been published by, Clarkesworld, ConjunctionsArcBlack Clock, and several year’s best anthologies. Recent books include the Nebula finalist novel Finch (2009),  and the short story collection The Third Bear (2010). His The Steampunk Bible was featured on the CBS Morning Show and been named a finalist for the Hugo Award for best related book. He also recently co-edited the mega-anthology The Weirdcompendium with his wife Ann. A co-founder of Shared Worlds, a teen SF/F writing camp, VanderMeer has been a guest speaker at the Library of Congress and MIT, among others. He writes book reviews for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times Book Review, and the Washington Post. VanderMeer’s latest novel, just completed, is “Annihilation.”

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