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Best Fantasy Magazine Story of 2010

Now that we’ve bid 2010 goodbye, it’s time to take a fond look back. We had an excellent year for fiction and many of our stories have been picked up for Best Of volumes. We’d like to give our readers the chance to tell us what their favorite stories are, though. You’re the reason we can keep publishing amazing stories, so you should get a say. Thus, our fourth annual Best Fantasy Magazine Story Poll!

Just like last year, however, we’re rewarding authors, and not only will the story with the most votes get the author bragging rights, but it will also win them a prize, candies provided to them by the Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe. But wait, there’s more! We’re also offering a prize to readers. If you leave a comment on any of the 48 original stories published in 2010 at Fantasy Magazine you might be entered in a drawing for a prize of your own. “Might be” because there are some rules:

  1. The comment must be substantive — not just ‘This story was awesome’. Tell us why you liked or didn’t like the story, make your case that it’s one of the best stories of 2010 (if you feel that way), or anything else you’re moved to say.
  2. You are allowed to comment on as many stories as you like, but only one comment per story is counted. (Example: if you comment 1 time on 5 stories, we throw your name in the hat 5 times, if you comment 5 times on 1 story, we throw your name in the hat only once.) Maximum number of entries is 10.
  3. Your comment must be timestamped on or after February 1st and on or before February 28th.

The winner is picked randomly, so the more you comment, the better your chances. The prize? A $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com.

Click here to take the FM Poll!

The Wing Collection, Eilis O’Neal
Above It All, Carol Emshwiller
my mother, the ghost, Willow Fagan
After the Dragon, Sarah Monette
Stranger, Patricia Russo
The Armature of Flight, Sharon Mock
Tenientes, Nathaniel Williams
A Stray, Scott William Carter & Ray Vukcevich
Bearing Fruit, Nikki Alfar
The City of Lobster, Alex Dally MacFarlane
In the Emperor’s Garden, Jay Lake & Shannon Page
Saving the Gleeful Horse, KJ Bishop
Hi Bugan Ya Hi Kinggawan, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
Whisper’s Voice, Elena Gleason
Exile, Karen Heuler
Lighter Than Air, Norman Spinrad
The Sometimes Child, Caroline Yoachim
Wishes and Feathers, Patricia Russo
The Spontaneous Knotting of an Agitated String, Lavie Tidhar
Daha’s Son, Keffy R. M. Kehrli
The Slavesinger, Louise Marley
Lost Dogs and Fireplace Archeology, Chris Howard
Stereogram of the Gray Fort, in the Days of Her Glory, Paul Berger
Abandonware, An Owomoyela
The Stable Master’s Tale, Rachel Swirsky
The Seal of Sulaymaan, Tracy Canfield
Violets for Lee, Desirina Boskovich
Perhaps This is Kushi’s Story, Swapna Kishore
Stem, Stone, and Bone, Deb Taber
And the Blood of Dead Gods Will Mark the Score, Gary Kloster
The Wizard’s Calico Daughter, Eilis O’Neal
Where Shadows Meet Light, Rachel Swirsky
Stone Flowers, Aidan Doyle
Bloodlines, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Logovore, Joseph Nacino
Nine Bodies of Water, Monica Byrne
Over the end, and over again . . . Toiya Kristen Finley
The Interior of Mister Bumblethorn’s Coat, Willow Fagan
Monsters, Lavie Tidhar
Bitterdark, Linda Daly
Mademoiselle and the Chevalier, Mari Ness
Liminal, Elise Tobler
Mortis Persona, Barbara Barnett-Stewart
From the Countries of Her Dreams, Jay Lake & Shannon Page
Holdfast, Matthew Johnson
The Gold Silkworm, Tony Pi
Malleus, Incus, Stapes, Sarah Totton
The Boy Who Made Stars, Eliza Chan

Click here to take the FM Poll!