I’ve posted on all 10 finalists for the Million Writers Award, and now I have to decide how to cast my vote. Last year, I knew I would vote for Matt Bell’s story as soon as I read it. This year, it’s a much harder decision. From Jason Sanford’s blog, I know which stories were in the lead as of a few days ago, and it’s hard not to let that influence me.
The strangeness of the Million Writers Award is that I actually find it pretty hard to compare the Beagle story with the other two. I struggled with this a great deal when reading through nominees. How do you compare Westerns, for example, with contemporary fiction? I decided then that the final measure, in that case, is supremely subjective. Which story will I remember longer?
I’m going with “No Bullets in the House” because it’s stuck with me for days, but it’s a tough, tough choice. I admire Jason Sanford’s taste a great deal, and of course he’s chosen a great list of finalists. May the best one win. If you haven’t voted yet, do it now. The polls close at 11:59 p.m..
Congratulations to all the finalists, and I can’t wait to see which story wins.