* * * The winner of the 2004 Million Writers Award is "You Are a 14-Year-Old Arab Chick Who Just Moved to Texas" by Randa Jarrar, published in Eyeshot. * * *
* * * The winner of the 2004 Million Writers Award for best online publication is Pindeldyboz. Special honors are given to Eclectica for having 9 stories selected as notable stories of the year (and two of those selected as the best of the year). * * *
The purpose of the Million Writers Award is to honor and promote the best fiction published in online literary journals and magazines during 2003.
Over 600 short stories were nominated for the award (which includes nominations from 51 online magazines and journals, whose editors each selected up to three stories they had published in the last year). From these nominations, a volunteer panel of readers selected their favorite stories, which are listed as notable stories of the year. The top ten online stories of the year were selected by Jason Sanford, who is the fiction editor of storySouth and a three-time judge of the Minnesota Book Awards. The overall winner of the award was selected by public vote, while the best online publication was awarded to the magazine that received the most story nominations by readers and writers.
More information on the award, including rules and how it works.