June’s Table of Contents

From the Editors

For Readers:

May was another great month for Every Day Fiction and we’re looking forward to a great summer. In June, we have stories from well-reviewed authors  like Bill Ward and R. L. Copple, as well as work from newcomers to EDF, like Jason Stout and Greg Linkins.

We’ve added a new feature on your sidebar (in the Features section)–>

You can now click on “Random Story” and be automatically redirected to a random story from our archives. Bored? Or just feeling lucky? Give our story engine a whirl!

Many of you vote regularly using the “Star” System that appears at the bottom of each story. We’d like to encourage more of you to do so. We keep in mind the rating each story receives when we pick future stories. We’re more likely to publish the kind of work you like to read if you let us know your tastes, and, next to commenting on a story,  the Star System is an anonymous way to do just that.

May was a great month for fiction, but in some cases, we faced some challenges getting stories to your inbox.

We syndicate our stories through Feedburner, a company that publishes our stories to your e-mail boxes. They were recently purchased by Google and have been having problems coping with the additional traffic. We’ve considered hosting our own syndication service, but the technology is fairly complex to develop for your overworked staff. Hopefully, Feedburner grows into their new role at Google and our delivery will go back to normal. For now, we just have to grin and bear it.

That said, please enjoy our June Table of Contents!

For Writers:

Our contract has changed! In our quest to expand EDF into a true community for writers, we’ve had to alter our contract in several significant ways, so do read through it next time you submit a story to us.   There are two items of such particular interest, though, that they’re worth listing right here:

  1. Podcasting. The staff at Every Day Fiction, along with author Kevin Shamel,  is working to put together podcasts of your stories. Those of you who’ve published with us in the past will be receiving an e-mail asking for the right to turn you story into a podcast. Those that agree may have their story narrated and broadcast from the EDF site. We’ll be asking for this right with all future submissions.
  2. We’re raising our rates! What? You thought we were going to ask for additional rights and not pay you for them? Starting June 1st, we’ll be paying $3 per story. Still nothing to write home about, but it’s enough for a cup of coffee.

Some of you might have noticed that the response time on your submissions climbed during the month of May. That’s because the staff at EDF has been hard at work turning the site into a true community for writers. We’ve got several new areas under development.

  1. Podcasting. See above. Yay!
  2. Expanding Author Pages. We intend for  the Author Page to be a truly versatile home for homeless writers. Soon, in addition to linking to your stories here, you’ll be able to link to your other published work, add images, even host a blog. Basically everything an author could need. All free when you publish your work with us.
  3. Launching Every Day Poets. Yeah, we know nothing about poetry, but we know people who do. We have several potential staff members for the new site, and we’re really looking forward to launching it. It will be  using Every Day Fiction technology, but will serve a  poem a day instead of a story.

Finally, author K.C. Ball has agreed to host an Every Day Fiction Writing Group on our forums. The group will be private, so you’ll be able to post your work for critiquing without fear of it being viewed by random strangers or considered previously published. If you’re interested in joining, contact K.C. Ball through the forums, or use our contact form and we’ll put you in touch with her.

June’s Table of Contents

June 1 Brian Dolton The Gray World
June 2 Greg Likins Cavedweller 2.0
June 3 Tels Merrick Say It With Flowers
June 4 R. L. Copple The Captain’s Chair
June 5 Catherine J Gardner Burying Sam
June 6 Gay Degani Spring Melt
June 7 Margaret B. Davidson Homecoming
June 8 Harold N. Walters Stumped
June 9 Ann Wilkes The Heist
June 10 Sylvia Spruck Wrigley Listen
June 11 Nick Logan Desert Island Solitaire, or, A Good Cigar Is A Smoke
June 12 Lee Beavington Second Opinion
June 13 Bill Ward Junkyard Rats
June 14 Jennifer Tatroe When She Comes to It
June 15 Gianna De Persiis Vona Sacrifice
June 16 Madeline Mora-Summonte The Salute of the Old And Crotchety
June 17 Rosie de la Mare A Moment
June 18 Nicola Horn The End
June 19 Kevin Shamel Mail
June 20 Milton T. Burton The Watchers
June 21 Chaz Siu Prodigal Piano
June 22 Oonah V Joslin Missy’s Summer
June 23 Sarah Hilary Waste of Space
June 24 Andrew Males Mars Ascent
June 25 Mark Ward The Devil and the Details
June 26 Jason Stout Larry Legend
June 27 Frank Roger The End of Time
June 28 Kurt Rice A Legacy of War
June 29 Gustavo Bondoni Virtuoso
June 30 Harley Crowley There When You Need Them
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  • Great news about the rate increse.

  • Great news on the poetry, I have a few dark ones that maybe are good. The rate increase is welcome news, too. EDF has ceratinly filled a gap for writers–and if I may speak for the many others–Thank-you, EDF!!


  • I have just now discovered the site. What an addictively good idea. It’s a source of good stories and a painless fiction workshop in one.
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    “Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”

    • Thanks Peter!

      We’re trying to expand into a true home for writers, while at the same time attracting readers through the magazine. It’s a fine line, but with the help of some of the fantastic writers who publish here, we’re walking it!

  • Wow, you guys are awesome. We just sent out a request for Podcasting rights, and we’re getting tons of positive responses. You guys rock!

  • GMoney

    Could you cram any more good news in one post?! From a personal view, seeing my name (that’s me on the 24th) on the list in among the names of the regulars and greats of EDF is a treat, but all the other stuff is very encouraging.

    Podcasts? Cool, and certainly a market out there for that.
    Rate rise? Can’t complain!
    Poems? Logical expansion, I guess. Do you think it will be harder to judge poems for inclusion than stories?
    Author Pages? Good idea. Just setting up my own website, though, so will have to see.

    All in all, fantastic to see EDF expand.

  • What great news all around! I’m especially excited about the podcast plan. Thank you, Kevin!

  • EDF rocks it.

    I’m with G. (Congrats, Andrew!)

    I’m absolutely excited about the podcasting. I don’t know if thanks are yet due to me, but definitely they are to Jordan and Camille, and to STEVEN who’s setting all of it up. There will be more on that soon. Very cool that there’s so many returns on podcasting rights so far.

    • GMoney

      Cheers Kevin.

  • I have a few links for some background music if you guys are on a tight budget: –
    http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/ is a neat place to find attribution-based music. Downloads are free to begin with, but, you can remove the attribution for about $US5. There is a good selection of nice music, and Kevin, the composer, takes requests. Big Kahuna production stuff costs however.
    http://www.freesoundtrackmusic.com/ I just found this website, and although there are only a few ‘freebies’ there is a fee-based subscription service for more downloads, sold in 3-month allotments.
    There are a lot of royalty-free music download websites that I could list, but downloads and licensing can get expensive.

    Evo Terra and Tee Morris can give some more information regarding the technical side of podcasting, and I highly recommend that you guys have a chat to them. You might even consider releasing some of the flash fiction in podcasted anthologies, releasing them on podiobooks for some more exposure, to save some bandwidth, and web space. Feel free to email me if you have any queries.

  • Podcasting the fiction released on this website is the next logical step, as is increasing the payment and beginning a poetry service. We all realize that not all people can physically read, so podcasting offers a hands-free and eyes-free approach. Just think of how much safer subscribers will be if they don’t have to visually read a flash story while conveying to and from home. 😀 If you are serious about podcasting, then I recommend that you chat to Evo Terra and Tee Morris about it. You might also consider releasing flash fiction as podcast anthologies via the Podiobooks website, which they are co-founders of. If you are on a tight budget, then I might be able to direct you to places to download affordable royalty-free music, bumpers and stings. Feel free to email me if you are interested.