The story has a typo.
The story is (maybe!) overshadowed by another from the same writer.
The story has (maybe!) a single unfelicitous line.
The story is authored by the Selecting Editor, who will never in a
million years pick it.
These are some of the tactics I used when trying to cut the Long
Shortlist down to 200. If they seem to you lame, I'm with you. If you
see in them desperation, you're probably not far from the mark.
One version of a commonplace idea about internet publishing: it's the
Wild West. Where's the Law, man? Who's going to stop all
these stories? They're running loose. Who knows what they'll
If you're looking for the Law, we're not it. What we are: amazed
appreciators (is that a word?) of what's happening in vsf on the net.
Every week—every day—there's more new stuff to open
up some space in you you didn't know was there.
The Wigleaf Top 50 is a love letter to that. It's a love letter to all
of you who are part of it.
Huge thanks to this year's Selecting Editor, Darlin' Neal, for giving
herself to this project—and for putting together a Top 50
that is going to just blow the doors off. (How can you wait? Why aren't
For next year I'm joined in my work on the Long Shortlist by Ravi
Mangla, the new Associate Series Editor for the Top 50. We're lucky to
have him. And since this is the formal announcement, let me say:
This year's word on eligibility: the Wigleaf Top Fifty are chosen from
a Long Shortlist of 200 stories. Stories have to be at or under 1000
words to be eligible, and must have been posted sometime during the
previous calendar year. Stories in blogzines are not considered (unless
the blog is part of a larger journal with external hosting). Reprints
are not considered. Stories appearing in journals based outside the
U.S. are not considered (unless that journal's billing is explicitly
international). Stories that are not published and/or archived in HTML
are not considered. Stories without unique HTML urls are not
considered, unless they are part of sets by the same author. And
stories written by Wigleaf associates or appearing in Wigleaf itself
are not considered.
If you're an editor and want to make sure that
your mag's vsf is considered for the next Wigleaf Top 50, please shoot
us an email.
Scott Garson's fiction has received awards from Playboy and from the
Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation and has appeared in many journals. He
is the editor of Wigleaf.
To link to this directly: http://wigleaf.com/09top50foreword.htm
w i g · l e a F