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Preditors & Editors Poll results

Preditors & Editors Poll results

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New!New category this year: 'Promotional Firms, Sites, and Resources', for companies that do promotional work for authors, are sites where authors can promote their work, or offer resources for same.

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Standings for category: shortstorysf

1. Eli: Warriors for the Light, Karen Michelle Nutt, Rebecca J. Vickery, [link] [comments]
2. Testament, Michael C. Lea, ResAliens Press, [link] [comments]
3. Captain Quasar and the 'If Only' Elixir of Opsanus Tau Prime, Milo James Fowler, Every Day Fiction, [link] [comments]
4. Humanity Series - Raven Flames, Corrine Shroud, Bluewood Publishing, [link] [comments]
5. Valley of the Gods, Nancy Smith Gibson, TTM, [link] [comments]
6. Weathermaker, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Dark Quest Books, [link] [comments]
6. Tip Line, Robert C. Eccles, Sonar4 Publications, [link]
6. World of Ash, Kevin Hopson, MuseItUp Publishing, [link] [comments]
7. Of Swords and Sorcery, Teel James Glenn, Gypsy Shadow Publishing, [link] [comments]
8. Eva's Judgement, Tamara Eaton, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, [link] [comments]
9. A Rip Through Time, Chris F. Holm, BEAT to a PULP, [link] [comments]

10. Hybrid: Savannah, Ruth D. Kerce, Changeling Press, [link]
11. Patrick's Day, J.C. Towler, Every Day Fiction, [link] [comments]
12. Burn, Baby, Burn, Ash Krafton, Expanded Horizons, [link]
12. Eyes in the Vastness of Forever, Gustavo Bondoni, Innsmouth Free Press, [link] [comments]
13. Leech Run, Scott W. Baker, Pill Hill Press, [link] [comments]
13. The Oak King's Daughter, Emily Pikkasso, MuseItHOT! Publishing, [link]
13. Scars That Let The Light Shine In, Victorya, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, [link]
14. Salvage Sputnik, Sam Kepfield, Electric Spec, [link]
15. Poor Little Rich Girl, Marva Dasef, Lorelei Signal, [link]
16. Fairy Gothic, Tracie McBride, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, [link]
16. Unproductive, T.W. Ambrose, Digital Dragon Magazine, [link] [comments]
16. The Issuance of One Hundred and Thirty-Six, Mark Harding, The Future Fire 21, [link]
16. Steampunk Santa, Marc Vun Kannon, Echelon Press, [link]
17. Salvage, David B. Riley, Flying Pen, [link]
17. Mrs. Bright's Tea Room, Susan Hanniford Crowley, Tease Publishing LLC, [link]
17. Lonnie, Me and the Hound of Hell, Marian Allen, Marian Allen, [link] [comments]
17. A Rip through Time: The Dame, the Doctor, and the Device, Chris F. Holm
17. An Infinity of Moments, S. A. Bolich, On Spec, [link] [comments]
18. The Father of the Riverborn, Megan Arkenberg, Port Iris Magazine, [link]
18. Legends Unleashed Series, Heather Beck, Diamond Dust Books, [link]
18. The God King, Scott M. Sandridge, Pill Hill Press, [link]
18. Withered Souls, Jason Rolfe, Silver Blade Fantasy & Science Fiction, [link]
18. Inescapable, M. Lori Motley, TTM, [link]
18. The Dhampir, Angela Knight, Changeling Press LLC, [link]
19. Deadline Zombies, Teel James Glenn, Booksforabuck, [link]
19. The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara, Christopher Kastensmidt, Realms of Fantasy, [link]
19. What a Way to Start the Day, Ella Grey, Echelon Press, [link] [comments]
19. Michelangelo's Chisel, Christopher Miller, Redstone Science Fiction, [link]
19. Alpha One - The Jump Pilot, Chris Burton, Eternal Press, [link]
19. You're Almost Here, Melinda Thielbar, Bull Spec, [link]
19. Always and Forever, Jay Faulkner, AbsoluteXPress, [link]
19. The Black Sheep of Vaerlosi, Desmond Warzel, Abyss & Apex, [link]
19. Endless Summer, Jude-Marie Green, Electric Spec, [link]
19. Stranded, Stephen D. Rogers, Flashshot 2011, [link]
19. Thus The Trap, Bernie Mojzes, Dark Quest Books, [link]
19. Pest Control, Robert E Waters, Padwolf, [link]
19. Witness, Vylar Kaftan, Redstone Science Fiction, [link]
19. Halloween In The Catacombs, R. Ann Siracusa, Sapphire Blue Publishing, [link]
19. Raven Flames, Corrine Shroud, [link]

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