Apex Magazine Story of the Year 2016

January 2, 2017

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Lesley Conner is a writer and managing editor for Apex Magazine. She spends her days pestering book reviewers, proofreading, wrangling slush, doling out contracts, and chatting about books, writing, and anything else that crosses her mind on the @ApexBookCompany Twitter account. Most of her nights are spent with a good book and a glass of wine. Her alternative history horror novel, The Weight of Chains, was published by Sinister Grin Press. To discover all her secrets follow her on Twitter at @LesleyConner.

A new year is here and so many of us are happy to have a fresh start, but before we close the book on 2016 once and for all we need you – the Apex Magazine readers – to select your favorite story from the past year!

Since 2012 we have opened up the polls and sent out the call, giving the readers the power to bestow one lucky author the title of Apex Magazine Story of the Year. Past winners include Katharine E.K. Duckett, Alethea Kontis, Brian Trent, Marie Vibbert, and Samuel Marzioli.

We published more than 30 original stories in 2016, so we know choosing just one would be nearly impossible. For that reason when you vote, you can select up to three stories. Voting will remain open until January 15th. On January 16th, we will announce the winner!

Use the form below to cast your vote! And be sure to vote in our Apex Magazine Cover of the Year poll as well!



  1. Connie Richmond

    Voting for EK Wagner

  2. Joan Osterberger

    This is my all time favorite!!

  3. Stefano Andrianopoulos

    beautiful and touching story.

  4. Daniel King

    Voted for EK Wagner. Hands down one of the best short stories I’ve read this year.

  5. King Shit

    If you’re not voting for EK Wagner, what are you doing?

  6. Joanne De Leon

    PagPag is one of the most creative spellbinding story I have ever read!

  7. Sheila Maquilan

    Voted for Samuel Marzioli. Excellent read!!

  8. sarafidou alexandra

    The island in the Attic by Natalia Theodoridou
    is a story which broke my heart
    and this happens again and again every time i reread this so emotionally story

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