2017 Reader’s Choice Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards! And a huge thank you to the hundreds of folks who voted in this year’s awards! We appreciate the support you show the Bards and Sages Quarterly and our authors every year.

Author of the Year

Calvin Demmer
Calvin Demmer is a crime, mystery, and speculative fiction author. He has had over thirty stories published in various magazines and anthologies. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe. Find out more at www.calvindemmer.com or follow him on Twitter: @CalvinDemmer.

Best Story: January 2017 Issue

Josh Pearce for Quiverfull
Josh Pearce is a San Francisco Bay Area writer who works at Locus magazine. His stories and poetry have been published in Eye to the Telescope, Perihelion, The Colored Lens, and in several other markets. Find him on Twitter: @fictionaljosh or at fictionaljosh.com.

Best Story: April 2017 Issue

Karen Heslop for Reflections
Karen Heslop writes from Kingston, Jamaica. Her stories have been published or are upcoming in Devolution Z, 101 Words Magazine, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, The Nine Tales Told in the Dark Series, Speculative 66, Phantaxis Magazine, Black Girl Magic Lit Mag, Aphelion Science Fiction, Theme of Absence and Big Echo Critical Science Fiction among others. She tweets @kheslopwrites.

Best Story: July 2017 Issue

Thom Clink for The Alpha Predator of the Really Huge Woods: A Parody
Thom Clink is a former journalist who dual-majored in English Literature and History at Central Michigan University. He lives with his long-suffering wife, two children, two cats, and a rabbit in Holly, Michigan. Although he is a general manager of a movie theater these days, he still loves to throw words against the wall now and then just to see what sticks.

Best Story: October 2017 Issue

Jason Bougger for Hydromancer
Jason Bougger is a writer living in Omaha, NE. He is the author of the YA novel, Holy Fudgesicles, and has published over twenty-five short stories. His blog and podcast can be found at www.writegoodbooks.com. In addition to his own writing, he is also the owner and editor of www.themeofabsence.com, an online magazine of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Visit him online at www.jasonbougger.com.