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The Wigleaf Top 50 & Longlist for 2012

Finally, the Top 50 its Longlist went live yesterday, and I couldn’t be prouder of the result and the team that made the decisions this year. BIG thanks to Danielle Evans (author of the multi award winning collection, BEFORE YOU SUFFOCATE YOUR OWN FOOL SELF) for choosing our toppers, and super thanks to the Dream Team of Sean Lovelace, Erin Fitzgerald, Mel Bosworth, Katrina Denza, Shome Dasgupta, Tawnysha Greene, Marcelle Heath, and of course the chief dreamer, Scott Garson.

My job as Series Editor boiled down to cat herding, a task that I am happily handing off to Erin Fitzgerald for the next go ’round. I’ve been involved with the Top 50 for a couple of years now, and I kinda want to get back into contender-mode. Or is it contender-mood?


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“Bad Traffic,” by Matt Rowan & “Women of God,” by Tawnysha Greene

cover image from  Tropenmuseum of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)


I want to draw your attention to two very short stories that popped up on Monday. The first is Mat Rowan’s “Bad Traffic,” which was my Smokelong Weekly pick. When the next Smokelong Quarterly issue appears, the story will be accompanied by my interview with Matt. The second story I want to point you to is Tawnysha Greene’s “Women of God,” appearing in A-Minor. This story comes from her dissertation, and mark my words, the publisher who picks up the full collection will be a lucky little lizard indeed.

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The Very Best of Very Short Fiction in 2011: Wigleaf Top 50 & the Longlist

Every May, just as classes are winding down and beach plans are being made, something amazing happens on the internet: The Wigleaf Top 50 and its accompanying, sometimes-even-hipper Longlist, celebrate the best in very short fiction from the year before.  Scott Garson is a fine writer as well as the visionary editor for Wigleaf, and 5 years ago he got it into his head to read through every active online lit mag he could to select the cream of the crop. The selection process has evolved since then, and now he appoints a team of readers and editors to collaborate on the process, and I was very privledged to help out with the 2011 picks, under the guidance of Scott and 2011 Series Editor Ravi Mangla (my weird-lit stable mate over at Uncanny Valley Press).

The amazing Dan Chaon made the final selections for the 50.

For 2012, Ravi is stepping down and I’m taking over as Series Editor. We have assembled a dream team of readers and associate editors to help out. More about that later. In the meantime, I recommend you spend a good chunk of Short Story Month reading from both the Top 50 and the Longlist. You will get high.

And for you writer-readers out there,  a thought for you to discuss among yourselves: would you rather have a story in Wigleaf or in the Top 50?

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Talking About Curio at jmww

Elizabeth Buchananchats with me about my collection of short fiction, Curio:


“Laura Ellen Scott’s first book, Curio (uncanny valley press, January 2011), is a weaving together of cold nights and mountain men, cashiers and predators, people who watch from windows and strangers who sit down in other people’s cars. Winter farm houses and harvest moons, neighbors suspiciously like demons, and ax men all make shadowy appearances in this forty-four page, twenty-one story collection (available online as an e-pub at goodreads.com or for a tweet or facebook post) set in the isolated woods of Appalachia.”-eb

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Read Curio For Free

Curio is my collection of 21 creepy little stories, available free online and for download. Illustration and design by Mike Meginnis for Uncanny Valley Press.

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