From the Editors
On Saturday night, we officially launched The Best of Every Day Fiction Two. Andrew Boden and Fred Warren joined us in Vancouver, Canada, to read their stories and celebrate the book’s launch with us. A fine time was had by all, and photographs will be forthcoming. Book sales have started off in great style — in fact, if you are placing a book order directly with us, please be patient as we are a bit overwhelmed with orders!
In a complete change of subject, we unfortunately need to remind our readers and commenters that commenting on stories is not a right but a privilege that can be revoked. Sadly, we had an incident last month where a commenter was using several identities to have a conversation with himself and validate his own opinion, and we want our community to know that we don’t tolerate that kind of abuse. Luckily, nearly all of you who comment on stories rise above that sort of thing and contribute with respectful and constructive points even when you didn’t enjoy the story in question — which is what makes the comments so valuable and this community so interesting. We know you’ll all help us keep this magazine a place where people want to be published by ignoring the trolls, asking them to keep it constructive, and reporting any abuse if you see it before we do. Thank you all so very much.
And, on another tangent altogether, don’t forget that you can sponsor a story for a mere US$4! If you’ve got a book or blog to promote, what better way to reach a captive group of readers than through EDF’s story sponsorship program — and you’d be helping to support EDF at the same time.
Love is in the air, and we have a trio of sweet stories for you, starting on February 12th with Katherine Lopez‘s “Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll”, followed by Evonne Gayle‘s “Love at the Mall” on February 13th, and culminating on Valentine’s Day with the appropriately-titled “Valentine Day” by Madhumita Gupta.
If you like poetry — and isn’t February a time for poetry, if ever there is one? — you won’t want to miss what our sister site Every Day Poets is offering. As a sample of what you can find there, the most-read poems from January were “Biblical Portions” by Errol Nimbly, “Three” by Damien Walters Grintalis, and “Grief Should Travel in a Straight Line” by Carol Ayer.
We’re looking for stories suitable for spring, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. Get them in now, and make sure to fill in the “Targeted” field in the submission form so we don’t miss your story when making our picks.
Also, don’t miss our Flash Fiction Chronicles blog’s String-of-10 Two Microfiction Contest! The guidelines were announced on January 24th, but the prompt won’t be released until February 7th, so you haven’t missed anything yet… The 1st place winner will be published here in Every Day Fiction.
If you don’t already know about FFC, you should definitely check it out — writers from around the world share their tips and insights about writing and flash fiction. January’s top posts were “What Would Dickens Have Done?” by Jonathan Pinnock, “Secrets from Blueprints” by John Arthur Miller, and “Is Your ‘BUT’ Too Big?” by Jon Gibbs.
And now, on to what you’re really waiting for…
February’s Table of Contents
|Feb 1||Damien Walters Grintalis||Let Down Your Hair|
|Feb 2||Leslie A. Dow||Regret|
|Feb 3||Stef Hall||Dancing Snowflakes|
|Feb 4||Matt Cowens||Dead Weight|
|Feb 5||Dale Ivan Smith||Hassan’s News|
|Feb 6||Nikesh Murali||The Photograph|
|Feb 7||Jens Rushing||Le Danse Macabre|
|Feb 8||Douglas Pugh||Augan Ismic|
|Feb 9||Krystyna Smallman||The Small Print|
|Feb 10||KJ Kabza||One-Sided|
|Feb 11||A.R. Williams||Blossoms Weep, Spiders Fall|
|Feb 12||Katherine Lopez||Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll|
|Feb 13||Evonne Gayle||Love at the Mall|
|Feb 14||Madhumita Gupta||Valentine Day|
|Feb 15||Bruce Stirling||The Warning|
|Feb 16||Douglas Campbell||The Destiny Of Archer Deft|
|Feb 17||Jeanne Holtzman||Elvis Has Left the Chitlin Strut|
|Feb 18||Steve Kissing||It’s Good To Be Here, Meredith|
|Feb 19||Frank Roger||Beyond the Final Chapter|
|Feb 20||Mickey Mills||The Accountant|
|Feb 21||R.F. Marazas||Waiting For My Assassin|
|Feb 22||Thomas Canfield||Pranksters|
|Feb 23||Stacy Post||The Big Blue|
|Feb 24||Kate Sheeran||Conversation with a Giant|
|Feb 25||Stephanie Kincaid||She’s a Biter|
|Feb 26||Deborah Winter-Blood||The Miracle of St. John|
|Feb 27||Mark Partin||Souls|
|Feb 28||Walt Giersbach||Last Year’s Icon|