Winner of the Editor’s Choice Award – Best of 2013

We’ve spent a whole month revisiting the best stories from 2013, and we’ve revealed the winner of the Reader’s Choice Poll. Now it’s our turn to weigh in. Behold the results of the Editor’s Choice Award for the Best Story of 2013.

Gah, I can’t do it. It’s too hard. We’re immobilized with anxiety. There are too many good stories to choose from!

Okay, deep breath, pull it together. It has to be done. Here we go.

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Get Ready for the Best Stories of 2013

We just can’t get enough of you guys. We’re like that crazy aunt who’s inexplicably but genuinely interested in hearing all about your life and your accomplishments. So in the spirit of overbearing-but-totally-not-creepy love for good fiction, we’re revisiting the best stories of 2013.

Which means there are more contests and prizes to award!

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Winners of the December 2013 Fiction Contest

The elf union won’t allow us to give them them work for at least 30 days following Christmas, so now we’ve got to deliver the results of the December 2013 Fiction Contest by ourselves. I hope you appreciate what an inconvenience this is for me. I mean, the blisters are unbearable. Anyway, don’t mind me, just take a look at the winning stories while I catch my breath.

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The Best of 2013 and Big Changes to Our Payment Guidelines

We’ve decided not to wait for January to start our New Year’s resolutions. We’re rebels like that. To that end, we’ve got some big news. Big, big news. We’re going to have a Best of 2013 review, and we’re going to start paying our authors more!

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Winners of the November 2013 Fiction Contest

Hopefully you’ve worked through your turkey hangover by now, because we need you coherent for this announcement. We’ve decided the winners of the November issue, and we wouldn’t want meat sweats to ruin your elation or displeasure (depending) with the results.

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Winners of the October 2013 Fiction Contest

The fiction contest is particularly special this month because we finally finished paying off our debt to the golem mob (if I never see another serrated rock knife stuck in my back, it will be too soon) so the contest results are no longer rigged! Huzzah! Oh, and there was also the thing about this being a special horror-only issue with a guest judge, Michael R. Collings, who is a Stoker-nominated horror writer himself.

Whichever excites you most.

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October eBook Issue Available … Early!

We’re all about keeping people on their toes, here. For example: changing up the PIN number of the company bank account without telling the Editor-in-Chief, putting tabasco sauce in the lemonade dispenser, switching out the triple-ply toilet paper for single-ply in a different stall each month. And now, we’re switching things up on you, the reader. Don’t worry, we went easy on you. We just changed the publishing schedule for the October ebook issue. That’s right, our special all-horror issue is already available!

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Winners of the September 2013 Fiction Contest

What’s that in the sky, leaping over plot points with a single bound? Is it a flock of fairies? Is it a confusion of UFOs? No! It’s the winners of our September 2013 Fiction Contest. You may recognize their mild-mannered alter egos that appeared on our site last month.

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Winners of the August 2013 Fiction Contest

The summer is over, but our love affair with speculative fiction lives on into the cold winter of our … where was I going with this? Oh, yeah, the demigods of decision have chosen the top stories from our August issue. Here are the winners:

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