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That Time of Year Again . . . Wigleaf Top 50!

t50mainpanel2015That time of year again came even later this year, but the Wigleaf Top 50 (very) Short Fictions 2015 is live, and once again I’m really happy to have been on the reading team. This year, Mel Bosworth ran a tight ship as the Series Editor, and scored a real coup with Roxane Gay as our Selecting Editor.

As always, this year’s Top 50 and the Longlist feature exciting new authors alongside the usual suspects, and can I just ask what’s happening over at dogzplot? FIVE stories on the shortlist!

Congrats to all—


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A Picture of A Man With A Top Hat makes the Wigleaf Top 50

I should have posted this last week, so sorry for the “old” news, but I’m really happy to have clawed my way back into the Wigleaf Top 50 this year. Even though I only put out two eligible stories this year, the odds were with me. I couldn’t ask for a friendlier editorial board, and with Erin Fitzgerald running the show and Ben Loory starring as the marquee talent, it’s no surprise that the final lists–both the 50 and the longlist– tilt weird. Weird is good for me.



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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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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