From Jason Sanford, editor of storySouth:
The 2008 Million Writers Award for best online short story is now open for nominations from editors and readers. Once again, the Edit Red Writing Community is sponsoring the contest, which means there is a $300 prize for the overall winner.
For those who don’t feel like wading through the rules, here’s the award process in a nutshell:
Any story published during 2007 in an online magazine journal is eligible. The caveats are that said online mag or journal must have an editorial process – meaning no self-published stories – and the story must be at least a 1,000 words in length. Readers may nominate one story for the award. Editors of online publications may nominate up to three stories from their publication. All nominations are due by March 31.
A group of volunteer preliminary editors will go through the nominated stories – along with other stories that catch their interest – and select their favorites. These will become the Million Writers Award notable stories of the year. I will then go through all the notable stories and pick the top ten stories of the year. The general public will then vote on those ten stories, with the overall winner receiving the award and cash prize.
Complete information on all this, along with links to where people can nominate stories, is available on the award website. I will also be regularly publishing comments and information on my blog and website as the award process as it unfolds.