The storySouth 2005 Million Writers Award

The winner of the 2005 Million Writers Award for best online short story is Alicia Gifford's "Toggling the Switch" (published in Narrative Magazine).

The runner-up is Terry Bisson's "Super 8" (published in

The winners were selected by the preliminary judges from the list of Top Ten Stories of 2004.

The purpose of the Million Writers Award is to honor and promote the best fiction published in online literary journals and magazines during 2004.

Thanks to everyone for their support. Last year's award was named a Hot Site by USA Today and was the subject of a feature interview in the 2005 Novel and Short Story Writer's Market. With the continued help of the online literary community, we will gain even more exposure for online fiction this year.

Top Ten Stories of 2004

Notable Stories of 2004

"Million Writers Award Finalists Talk About Their Work"
(thanks to the literary blog Moorish Girl for doing this)

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Learn more about the judges

Introduction to the Million Writers Award

How the award works (i.e., the rules)

What happened to the public vote?

See the results of the 2003 Million Writers Award

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In addition, while fiction published in storySouth isn't eligible for the Million Writers Award (to avoid a conflict of interest), be sure to check out storySouth's best writings of the year in storySouth: The Best of the South 2005.

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