Our Reader Poll last year for a story to go into The Best of BCS Year Three anthology was so much fun that we’re doing it again this year!

In this poll, readers and fans will get to pick a story for inclusion in the upcoming Best of BCS, Year Four anthology.

How It Works: Voting is in two rounds–this first round here in this post, where you can vote for five (5) stories out of all 32 eligible stories (see below), and a second round run-off poll on the BCS Facebook page between the five stories that get the most first-round votes.

To vote in the first round: Post a comment in this thread, listing your favorite five stories from the third year of BCSFirst-round voting has closed.

Second-round voting, between the five finalist stories, will take place here on the BCS website, in a poll question on a News post. The poll closes Fri. Aug. 2. Vote here.

Good luck! Feel free to tweet or Facebook or blog this poll, so we get as many reader’s opinions as we can. (You can use the Facebook ‘like’ button at the bottom of the post to send the link straight to your Facebook page.)

Eligible Stories for Best of BCS, Year Four Reader Poll:

(In no particular order)


The Gardens of Landler Abbey,” Megan Arkenberg

Juggernaut,” by Megan Arkenberg

The Judge’s Right Hand,” J.S. Bangs

Held Close in Syllables of Light,” Rose Lemberg


The Death of Roach,” Spencer Ellsworth

Hence the King from Kagehana,” Michael Anthony Ashley

Read This Quickly, For You Will Only Have a Moment...,” Stephen Case

The Red Cord,” Wren Wallis


Princess Courage,” Nadia Bulkin

Heartless,” Peadar Ó Guilín

The God Thieves,” Derek Künsken

Calibrated Allies,” by Marissa Lingen


The Lady of the Lake,” by E. Catherine Tobler

Lady Marmalade,” by E. Catherine Tobler

The Last Gorgon,” by Rajan Khanna

The Proof of Bravery,” by David Milstein


The Ivy-Smothered Palisade,” by Mike Allen

Pridecraft,” by Christian K. Martinez

To Go Home to Leal,” by Susan Forest

A Marble for the Drowning River,” by Ann Chatham


Shades of Amber,” by Marie Croke

One Ear Back,” by Tina Connolly

Death and the Thunderbird,” by Michael J. DeLuca

Fox Bones. Many Uses.,” by Alex Dally MacFarlane


Virtue’s Ghosts,” by Amanda M. Olson

The Heart of the Rail,” by Mark Teppo

The Tale of the Aggrieved Astrologer,” by Jack Nicholls

The Angel Azrael Delivers Small Mercies,” by Peter Darbyshire


Beyond the Shrinking World,” by Nathaniel Katz

Bandit and the Seventy Raccoon War,” by Don Allmon

The Ascent of Unreason,” by Marie Brennan

Serkers and Sleep,” by Kenneth Schneyer


(Stories that aren’t listed are either already in the anthology or are by an author who has another story in the poll or the anthology.)

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