December’s Table of Contents

editorial by Camille Gooderham Campbell

From the Editors

Thank you all for your patience as we transitioned to our new web host and server over the past week. We’re still smoothing out a few little hiccups, so please bear with us while we get the last little issues fixed up.

We wish you joy in the holiday season ahead, whatever it is that you celebrate, and however you celebrate it.

If you’re buying gifts, and have a friend (or friends) who like space opera, please consider our new Raygun Chronicles anthology (edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, with beautiful cover art by Paul Pederson), which is officially released on Monday — New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson calls it “an impressive anthology with an impressive list of contributors, a real showcase of the color and scope of what science fiction can be.” Book sales help to support Every Day Fiction , so you can get a great book and help keep us going at the same time.

We also have What Came Before by Gay Degani scheduled to begin serialization in mid-December — keep an eye on the Every Day Novels website for updates.

Finally, we’ve mailed off our nominations for the Pushcart Prize (because yes, they actually have to be snail mailed, postmarked on or before December 1st). After a vote that was open to our whole editorial team, we chose to nominate three stories this year: “Clear Title” by Brian J. Hunt, “The Only Gifts We Give” by Ian Florida, and “Speed Demon and Clockwork Dancer” by JR Hume. Congratulations!

For Readers

Hanukkah ends on December 5th this year, and although we didn’t get any Hanukkah-themed stories at all, we do have one that at least mentions the holiday and acknowledges that not everyone celebrates this season in the same way: we’ll be featuring Isabella David‘s story “A Lonely Jew at Christmas”.

We have a few Christmas stories for you, too, from “Dwarves Included” by John Peters II on December 23rd to “The Gift” by Kristi DeMeester on Boxing Day. This year, our Christmas Eve story is Katherine Lopez‘s “A Dry Christmas”, and our Christmas Day story is “Somewhat of a Christmas Miracle” by Sarah Russell. And let’s not forget that we’re kicking the month off today with “Christmas Past” by Chella Courington. We hope you’ll enjoy these, and all of our stories — and if you want more seasonal reading, why not check out our archive of Christmas stories from past years.

On New Year’s Eve, we’ll be giving you “The Leaning Man” by Stephen V. Ramey — it’s nothing to do with New Year’s at all, but it just seemed a good fit, the right sort of note to leave the year with.

For Writers

We still need something special for New Year’s Day — come on, writers, don’t leave us hanging with nothing… let’s see some resolutions, some new beginnings, some morning-after-the-night-before, some party-goers who haven’t stopped with the dawn… limited only by the fact that we need it by December 27th to be considered in time for January 1st. Don’t let us down!

December’s Table of Contents

Dec 1 Chella Courington Christmas Past
Dec 2 Bojan Ratkovic Sophie
Dec 3 A. E. Decker Pieces
Dec 4 Deirdre Coles The Catalyst
Dec 5 Isabella David A Lonely Jew at Christmas
Dec 6 Erik Svehaug Members Only
Dec 7 Frederic Himebaugh Dear Son
Dec 8 MP Johnson Curse of the Curse
Dec 9 Clive Aaron Gill Cadillac Inheritance
Dec 10 Eric Fritz Pay the Ferryman
Dec 11 C.I. Kemp Big Eyes, Big Ears, Big Teeth
Dec 12 Josef J. Hoskins And All is Well
Dec 13 Caitlin Farella Apples
Dec 14 Dean A. Brink Mister Coffee
Dec 15 Nick Bevan Essence
Dec 16 Jez Patterson In Circles
Dec 17 Jennifer Campbell-Hicks An Unauthorized Tree
Dec 18 Kevin Luttery Flicker
Dec 19 James Reinebold Broken Squirrels
Dec 20 Michael T Schaper Songbird
Dec 21 E. M. Byrne Third Skin Turbo
Dec 22 Matthew Harrison Flip back
Dec 23 John Peters II Dwarves Included
Dec 24 Katherine Lopez A Dry Christmas
Dec 25 Sarah Russell Somewhat of a Christmas Miracle
Dec 26 Kristi DeMeester The Gift
Dec 27 Ashley Bacon I Love You and Cherry Coke
Dec 28 Miranda Suri A History, In Reverse
Dec 29 John Underwood Three Dreams
Dec 30 Sarah Pinsker Excerpted Electronic Archives from the Founding of the Demon Pitted Track Roller Derby Association
Dec 31 Stephen V. Ramey The Leaning Man
Rate this story:
 average 0 stars • 0 reader(s) rated this

Every Day Fiction

  • “We also have What Came Before by Gay Degani scheduled to begin serialization in mid-December — keep an eye on the Every Day Novels website for updates.”

    Camille and I have talked since she posted this intro to the month, and we’re pushing the date of publication to sometime in late January. We both want everything exactly right for this EDN production. Hope everyone will forgive the delay and are looking forward to reading “What Came Before” with anticipation!