Very short fiction + online publishing saved literature. Saved the
world, even. We don't have to argue about it anymore. Here's the
Wigleaf Top 50 and its accompanying Longlist of the best very short
fiction published online in 2012. Read these stories like you used to
read stories when you were eleven.
We must thank the amazing Danielle Evans, author of the multi-award
winning 2010 collection Before You Suffocate Your
Own Fool Self, for serving
as our Top 50 selecting editor. It's a stunning list, and the best yet.
This year's Top 50 is the sixth, and we changed the process a bit. Erin
Fitzgerald, Sean Lovelace, Mel Bosworth, Scott Garson, and I did most
of the reading for the long list, with GIANT help from Katrina Denza,
Shome Dasgupta, Tawnysha Greene, and Marcelle Heath. (Thank you Dream
Team!) That's a lot of staff, but we did not all huddle in a room and
vote on stories like a college lit mag. We each had our own
territories, and everyone's picks were what they were: the best, as
determined by the individual heart. My job came down to keeping things
tidy for the most part. As the first woman to serve as series editor, I
should note that Wigleaf and the Wigleaf Top 50 have always
been—by nature not design—gender balanced, and if
that sounds like low praise indeed, go check the latest VIDA Women in
Literary Arts stats, then come back and look at our roster. So, with
such a superior selection and the accidental equity of the longlist, I
have a suggestion: If you know someone who is beginning a love affair
with the written word (like an eleven year old), point them here. I
feel confident that we can continue to rehabilitate the literary
landscape if we turn these fine pleasures, represented as they are,
into formative ones.
(One last thank you: Tang Yau Hoong! For providing Top 50 cover art for the second straight
Notes on Eligibility:
The Wigleaf Top 50 are chosen from a Longlist of about 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 editors or
appearing in Wigleaf itself are not considered. If you're an editor and
want to make sure that your journal's very short fiction is considered
for the next Wigleaf Top 50, please shoot us an email.
-Did you know that in 2008, when SG posted the first Top 50, Wigleaf
had a Myspace page?
-Writers, would you rather publish a story in Wigleaf or in the Top 50?
-Why is the Longlist so cool?
Laura Ellen Scott is the author of DEATH WISHING, a novel, and CURIO, a collection of very short fictions. She
teaches at George Mason University.
To link to this directly: http://wigleaf.com/13top50foreword.htm
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