The finalists for the 2009 storySouth Million Writers Award have been announced, and the public vote for best online story of the year is now open. The award was created by Jason Sanford as a way to address the problem of various "best of" anthologies ignoring the work published by online-only journals. The top ten stories are:

"The Whale Hunter" by Steinur Bell (Agni)
"Intertropical Convergence Zone" by Nadia Bulkin (ChiZine)
"No Bullets in the House" by Geronimo Madrid (Drunken Boat)
"Fuckbuddy" by Roderic Crooks (Eyeshot)
"The Fisherman's Wife" by Jenny Williams (LitNImage)
"Every Earth is Fit for Burial" by Cyn Kitchen (Menda City Review)
"Interview With A Moron" by Elizabeth Stuckey-French (Narrative Magazine)
"The Tale of Junko and Sayuri" by Peter S. Beagle (OSC's Intergalactic Medicine Show)
"Grief Mongers" by Sefi Atta (Per Contra Fiction)
"Nine Sundays in a Row" by Kris Dikeman (Strange Horizons)

To read the stories, vote for your favorite, or find out more about the award, please go here. Voting is open through June 17. Happy reading!