In her essay "Notes from the Resistance: A Column on Language and Power," Summer Brennan argues that we must fight fascism with specificity. By naming, identifying, calling, and recording words as truth, we can counter weaponized language – lies, censorship, and threats. Brennan writes, "No one person can defend everything in America that will need defending in the age of Trump. What we must do, instead, is to find our particular hills to defend, and then to defend them as if our freedom depended on it."

Welcome to Wigleaf's particular hill. We're glad you're here.

Thank you to this year's Selecting Editor, the brilliant Amber Sparks, author of THE UNFINISHED WORLD AND OTHER STORIES, MAY WE SHED THESE HUMAN BODIES, and co-author of THE DESERT PLACES, a hybrid novella with Robert Kloss and illustrator Matt Kish. We're honored to have her pick this year's Top 50.

Thank you to our stellar team: Associate Editors Shome Dasgupta, Michelle Dove, Tawnysha Greene, Sean Lovelace, and Readers Meredith Alling, Damyanti Biswas, Casey Hannan, Rion Amilcar Scott, Kara Vernor, and Sennah Yee.

Thank you, Scott Garson, pioneer and fighter for flash.


Marcelle Heath's fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, matchbook, Nanoism, Necessary Fiction, NOÖ, Northville Review, PANK, Snake Nation Review, Storychord, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. She is Managing Editor of VIDA Review, and tweets @marcellepdx.

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