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Rise and Shine! It’s 2014 and the Current Reading Period is Halfway Over

A happy New Year to all!

The celebrations have been had. The libations partaken of. Now it’s time to rise and shine (or at least make a noble attempt to shrug off the hangover) and get back to writing.

Ideally some of that writing will result in a submission(s) to the 2014 FoMSSC. This post marks the halfway point of the current reading period, so you still have some time. A month and a half, in point of fact: all entries have to be in by 11:59:59 p.m. EST (UTC-5) on February 15, 2014.

As always, good luck to everyone submitting, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can address all queries to Michael Matheson at Or you can ping us on Twitter @fomcontest.

Here’s hoping that 2014 has been treating you well thus far. And that it will continue to do so. May it be an excellent year for your writing, in whatever capacity.


Now Halfway Through the 2011-2012 Reading Period

Happy new year everyone!

With the rollover from 2011 to 2012 the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest is now halfway through the current contest year’s reading period. We’ve seen some great submissions so far, and we’ve even had our first submission for 2012.

And it’s timely then, that with the advent of the new year, WordPress sent us a 2011 “Year End Report”. We thought the demographics information was fascinating, and wanted to share with you who has been involved in what is quickly becoming a truly global contest.


“Most visitors came from Canada. The United States & The United Kingdom were not far behind.
Most Visits by Region:
North America
South America
Most visits by Country:
North America: 66.7% Canada, 32.8% United States, 0.3% Mexico, 0.1% Honduras, 0.1% Jamaica
Europe: 60.9% United Kingdom, 19.9% Germany, 7.3% France, 2.6% Italy, 2.1% Denmark
Africa: 95.6% South Africa, 4.4% Malawi
Oceania: 100% Australia
Asia: 23.2% India, 15.9% Philippines, 12.2% Thailand, 9.8% South Korea, 9.8% Japan
South America: 88.9% Argentina, 11.1% Peru”

We’d love to see this multinational trend continue, and we’re always delighted to receive international submissions. We’d also like to, again, take the opportunity to thank everyone who has spent time promoting the contest. There are far too many of you to mention in list format, and we’ve had the opportunity to send some of you personal thank yous, and still others more general appreciation. But, for all those we haven’t gotten around to thanking yet, we wanted to say that we really do appreciate all the help.

So, with that said, we look forward eagerly to the submissions still to come. Just remember, everything has to be in no later than Feb. 15, 2012.

As always, any questions can be directed to Michael Matheson at