This page will feature only a few writers – the best of our best.
It is our chance to celebrate the writers who have done something extra special for us.
We will also feature our favourite story (or, occasionally, stories) from our most recent issue. These won’t necessarily be the best or the most popular, but they WILL be the stories that meant the most to us to publish. So they will be OUR best, and our MOST POPULAR!
From issue 30:
Issue 30 had tonnes of impressive pieces, but Bix Gabriel’s Not a bar story was something else. You should read this one.
PERMANENT WALL OF JELLYFISHERS
Kathy Fish – Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild: Our second year anniversary story, and one of the most important pieces ever published. Best Small Fictions 2018. Nominated for a Pushcart by Pushcart Prize Contributing Editors.
Randall Brown – Disintegration: Our first year anniversary story, by one of our personal heroes.
Melissa Goode – It Falls: Best Small Fictions 2018
Lori Sambol Brody – I Want to Believe the Truth Is Out There: Best Small Fictions 2018 Finalist
Cathy Ulrich – These Clouds Are Not the Same Clouds; This Sky Is Not the Same Sky: Best Small Fictions 2018 Semi-Finalist & When the Children Return: Wigleaf Top 50 2017
Elaine Chiew – A Compendium of Chinese Ghosts, Part I and II: Wigleaf Top 50 2017
Anna Lea Jancewicz – The Rabbits of the Underworld Find Innovation Distasteful: Wigleaf Top 50 longlist 2017
Anne Elizabeth Weisgerber – F. Scott, Remember Me: Wigleaf Top 50 longlist 2017
J. Bradley – Brick by Brick: Wigleaf Top 50 longlist 2017
Subashini Navaratnam – Experimental Woman: Wigleaf Top 50 longlist 2017
Aubrey Hirsch – Bad Boys: Featured on WordPress Discover
Lesser Sung Heroes
This list is a few of the stories that didn’t win awards but should have, and the writers who pushed us forward as a magazine and made us believe we could be an important voice in this world.
Ashley Hutson – Disbelief: I think you followed us on WordPress and we checked out your page and fell in love with your writing, and we sent you a nice message. And then you sent us this story. And you’ve just gone from strength to strength to strength since.
Beverly A. Jackson – I Remember: It’s scary to start up your own litmag. We set things up and asked for submissions. You sent us an email asking what the hell we were about. And then you sent us this story – our first ever published piece – and you made us look good from day one!
Kaj Tanaka – How To Tell a Story: This piece changed us. Even today people still mention it when they’re submitting our way. It was very different to anything we’d published before, and I think it was different to anything you’d published before too! But it rocked.
Lucy Durneen – What We Talk About When We Talk About Rockets in the Night: Oh, hell yes! We loved the Bad Sex issue so much, and this one story came in late and we should have sent you an email saying sorry – you missed the deadline. But it was impossible to do that. You’re a legend.
Noa Sivan – Straightening Lines: It’s no secret that we’re big fans of yours. This was the first of a week of micro-micro-fictions by you. We fan you even more every single year!
This list of unsung heroes is by no means complete, and we look forward more than you can ever know to expanding it.