The 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award

Winners

First place: “Chlorine Mermaid” by Rachel Steiger-Meister
Published in Carve Magazine

Rachel Steiger-Meister is a doctoral candidate in English and Comparative Literature and Fiction Writing at the University of Cincinnati, where she teaches courses in fantasy writing, fiction writing, and LGBTQ literature. She holds a BA in Gender Studies from Brown University, where she received the Weston Prize in Creative Writing, and an MA in English Literature from Wright State University. ”Chlorine Mermaid,” received Carve Magazine’s 2012 Esoteric Award for LGBT-themed fiction. In 2011, Rachel served as the guest fiction editor for the “Fairy Tales” issue of Lavender Review. She has presented her fiction and literary critical work at international Lesbian Lives conferences, Sirens conference for women in fantasy literature, and the Now Festival of New Writing. Rachel also studies Irish folklore and Irish language. She is currently at work on her creative dissertation, a young adult fantasy novel.

Second place: “Hands” by Lou Gaglia
Published in Waccamaw

Lou Gaglia teaches middle and high school English in upstate New York and is a long-time T’ai Chi Ch’uan practitioner. His fiction has appeared in Eclectica, Waccamaw, FRiGG, Up the Staircase Quarterly, The Cortland Review, Bartleby Snopes, Blue Lake Review, Prick of the Spindle, Untoward, and elsewhere. Poor Advice, his first story collection, will be available from Aqueous Books in 2014.

Third place: “The Eternal Youth of Everyone Else” by Adrienne Celt
Published in Carve Magazine

Adrienne Celt is a writer, translator, and cartoonist. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in Esquire, The Kenyon Review, Puerto del Solem>, Carve Magazine, The Southeast Review, Gargoyle, Blackbird, and other journals. Her essays, comics, and translations can be found in The Rumpus, Lemon Hound, Cerise Press, Hobart, Gigantic Sequins, Barrelhouse, The Huffington Post, and online at loveamongthelampreys.com.

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. Thanks to our donors, we will be award over $1000 in cash and prizes to the award-winning stories.

"Invisible Men" by Christopher Barzak
http://christopherbarzak.com/invisible-men/

"Secrets of the Sea" by Jennifer Marie Brissett
http://futurefire.net/2012.24/fiction/secretsofthesea.html

"The Eternal Youth of Everyone Else" by Adrienne Celt
http://carvezine.com/2012-summer-celt

"Hands" by Lou Gaglia
http://www.waccamawjournal.com/pages.php?x=423

"Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream" by Maria Dahvana Headley
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/give-her-honey-when-you-hear-her-scream

"The Raven" by Jacqueline Kolosov
http://cimarronreview.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/kolosov4web.pdf

"All the Things the Moon is Not" by Alexander Lumans
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/lumans_05_12/

"Everyday Murders" by Jason Ockert
http://www.storysouth.com/2012/09/everyday-murders.html

"Lightning My Pilot" by Samuel Snoek-Brown
http://www.bartlebysnopes.com/lightningmypilot.htm

"Chlorine Mermaid" by Rachel Steiger-Meister
http://carvezine.com/2012-spring-steiger-meister/

Notable Stories of 2012

Congratulations to these authors, whose work was selected by our preliminary judges from among the work nominated by readers and editors.

"Freezing Time" by Murli Melwani
http://www.asiancha.com/content/view/1268/357/

"All the Things the Moon is Not" by Alexander Lumans 
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/lumans_05_12/

"Dirwhals!" By Ethan Rutherford * (see note below)
http://www.fivechapters.com/2013/dirwhals/

"For Old Times' Sake" by Billy O'Callaghan
http://www.mendacitypress.com/20OCallaghan.html

"Red Planet" By Jo Ann Heydron 
http://www.pacificareview.com/?p=372

"Polly" by Nik Korpon 
http://blackpetalsks.tripod.com/yellowmamaarchives/id434.html

"Invisible Men" by Christopher Barzak 
http://christopherbarzak.com/invisible-men/

"Shadows under Hexmouth Street" by Justin Howe 
http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/shadows-under-hexmouth-street-by-justin-howe/

"Secrets of the Sea" by Jennifer Marie Brissett 
http://futurefire.net/2012.24/fiction/secretsofthesea.html

"Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream" by Maria Dahvana Headley
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/give-her-honey-when-you-hear-her-scream/

"The Grinnell Method" by Molly Gloss
http://www.strangehorizons.com/2012/20120903/grinnell-f.shtml

"Hands" by Lou Gaglia 
http://www.waccamawjournal.com/pages.php?x=423

"Tiny Lives" by by Alan Baxter 
http://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/modern-fantasy/alan-baxter/tiny-lives

"After We Were Nothing" by Alan Stewart Carl 
http://www.dzancbooks.org/the-collagist/2012/6/11/after-we-were-nothing.html

"The Battle of Candle Arc" by Yoon Ha Lee 
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/lee_10_12/

"Distance" by Susan Tepper * (see note below)
http://www.thricefiction.com/pdf/ThriceFiction007X.pdf

"Sasha, That Night" by G. K. Wuori 
http://www.eclectica.org/v16n3/wuori.html

"Lightning My Pilot" by Samuel Snoek-Brown 
http://www.bartlebysnopes.com/lightningmypilot.htm

"The Three Feats of Agani" by Christie Yant 
http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/the-three-feats-of-agani/

"Lone Wolf" by Eric Freeze 
http://carvezine.com/2012-winter-freeze/

"An Occurrence at School" by Okechukwu Otukwu 
http://www.eclectica.org/v16n2/otukwu.html

"The Anastasia Caper" by Bruce Graham 
www.eclectica.org/v16n2/graham.html

"West" by Ryan W. Bradley 
http://www.pankmagazine.com/west/

"Woodrow Wilson" by Tim Horvath 
http://www.mhpbooks.com/woodrow-wilson/

"Birthday Americana" by Erika Swyler 
http://www.litro.co.uk/2012/07/erika-swyler-birthday-americana/

"Cousin Barnaby is Dead" by Clifford Garstang
http://www.joylandmagazine.com/stories/midwest/cousin_barnaby_dead

"Reform, AL" by Christopher Lowe
http://baltimorereview.org/index.php/winter_2012/contributor/christopher-lowe

"The Cathedral of Es" by Michael Stein 
http://www.pilvaxmag.com/the-cathedral-of-es-by-michael-stein/

"Mother Ship" by Caroline M. Yoachim 
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/mother-ship/

"Who Cooks for You" By Holly Goddard Jones 
http://www.fivechapters.com/2012/who-cooks-for-you/

"Why I Hate the Holidays" by Andrea Broxton
http://www.eclectica.org/v16n1/broxton.html

"Confidante" by Michael Barber 
http://www.eclectica.org/v16n1/barber.html

"And the Hollow Space Inside" by Mari Ness 
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/ness_02_12/

"Chlorine Mermaid" by Rachel Steiger-Meister 
http://carvezine.com/2012-spring-steiger-meister/

"Serkers and Sleep" by Kenneth Schneyer 
http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/serkers-and-sleep-by-kenneth-schneyer/

"Art Lessons" by Gleah Powers 
http://www.primenumbermagazine.com/Issue17_Fiction_GleahPowers.html

"Household Management" by Ellen Klages 
http://www.strangehorizons.com/fund_drives/2012/special-issue-household-f.shtml

"Everyday Murders" by Jasobn Ockert 
http://www.storysouth.com/2012/09/everyday-murders.html

"Watching Alice Watch" by Nan Cuba 
http://www.storysouth.com/2012/03/watching-alice-watch.html

"Literature Appreciation" by Man Martin 
http://carvezine.com/2012-winter-martin/

"The Raven" by Jacqueline Kolosov
http://cimarronreview.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/kolosov4web.pdf

"The Ones" by Nicholas Rombes 
http://fiddleblack.org/journal/issue-6/the-ones

"Treasures Few Have Ever Seen" by Mary Akers
http://www.primenumbermagazine.com/Issue29_Fiction_MaryAkers.html

"And the Ruin of That House Was Great" by Ric Hoeben 
http://tampareviewonline.org/fiction/and-the-ruin-of-that-house-was-great/

"The Eternal Youth of Everyone Else" by Adrienne Celt 
http://carvezine.com/2012-summer-celt/

"The King's Huntsman" by Jennifer Mason-Black 
http://giganotosaurus.org/2012/09/01/the-kings-huntsman

"Melt With You" by Emily C. Skaftun * (see note below)
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/skaftun_04_13/

"The Tree Poachers" by James Zerndt 
http://www.spiltinfinitive.com/the-tree-poachers/#.UfBgNVOt7-c

"The Butterfly Effect" by Daniel Harris 
http://madhattersreview.com/issue13/cnf_harris.shtml

"Ocean of Ash" by Kirsten Perry 
http://www.wordriot.org/archives/4450

More information

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