October’s Table of Contents

editorial by Camille Gooderham Campbell

From the Editors

Autumn is a time of change — leaves falling, weather cooling, nights drawing in now for the Northern Hemisphere. And of course, in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s spring — renewal, growth, brightening.

We’re also in a time of change at Every Day Fiction.

This past month, editor Rose Gardener has had to step down, and we are sorely missing her. I think this statement from Joseph Kaufman says it best:

“Rose started around the same time I did, working through the slush pile. I remember her because she liked a lot of pieces I didn’t, and vice versa. That’s the beauty of multiple people reading submissions and giving feedback. In any case, I automatically learned a great deal from Rose due to that contrast. It was a cauldron of enlightenment.  Over the years (yes, years), my fondness for Rose (and her editorial prowess) has only grown. Voracious reading, in-depth critiques, fascinating insights — Rose has it all. And she has done that all with patience and grace that is too often far beyond my own muster. We’ll not be able to replace the irreplaceable.”

There’s not much anyone can add to that. All I can say is, “Thank you, Rose.”

Further, our long-time webmaster, Steven Smethurst, is also resigning. He has done amazing work for EDF for over eight years, which is really more than anyone can reasonably ask or expect, and we’re lucky to have enjoyed his expertise for as long as we did. EDF could never have been created or continued in existence for so long without him, and we owe him a permanent debt of gratitude for that. This means that we are now without a webmaster, and facing the slow process of a move to a new host and a new submissions system at some point in the next two months. We are doing our best to handle technical issues ourselves, but please be patient if we experience challenges over the next while. We are, of course, looking for a new volunteer webmaster — please help us spread the word.

For Readers

Canadian Thanksgiving is on the weekend of October 11th, with the holiday Monday being the 12th. For those two days, we have “A Tall Tale” by Jason Merryfield and “Bump in the Night” by Linda M. Scott. Neither is specifically a Thanksgiving story, but they suit the occasion all the same.

For the week leading up to Halloween, we’ll start off laughing with “Halloween O’Hungering” by Dustin Adams on October 26th and then get right into solid horror with Molly Flynn, J.C. Towler, Patrick Perkins, and David R. Gilbert, wrapping up on Halloween night with Paul A. Freeman‘s story “Sea Monkey Business – a Halloween Tale”.

For Writers

Thank you for your patience as we deal with many changes at this time.  We are also saying goodbye to slush reader Andrew Cochrane whose academic commitments have to take priority, and since we’re unable to add or change database access at this time, we are not able to add new slush readers or promote editorial staff. We’re working with a stretched-thin team this month, and are doing our best to keep up, hopeful that we’ll be transferring to our new home at the beginning of November (at which point we will be doing a recruiting push for new slush readers, looking at editorial promotions, etc.). At the moment, we are still expecting to be able to import current submissions from the existing system, but we will keep you updated as we learn more.

October’s Table of Contents

Oct 1 Benjamin A. Friedman The Pear Core
Oct 2 Theo Taylor Survey Corps
Oct 3 Mary E. Lowd Small Smooth Pebble
Oct 4 Kelly Castillo Ready or Not
Oct 5 C.I. Kemp Dis-Orientation
Oct 6 Rachel E. Printy Pink Pill Dreams
Oct 7 Janet Savage The Queen’s Spade Or The Queen’s…
Oct 8 Sarada Gray Mem Mat
Oct 9 D.J. Kozlowski Should Have Found the Quiet Car
Oct 10 Mickey Hunt Homesick
Oct 11 Jayson Merryfield A Tall Tale
Oct 12 Linda M. Scott Bump In The Night
Oct 13 Damien Krsteski Junk Dreams
Oct 14 Rasmenia Massoud Our Days of Cool
Oct 15 J. Chris Lawrence Just Fireworks
Oct 16 G. L. Dearman Fishing Lures
Oct 17 Jennifer Knopp Leeper The Bench
Oct 18 Gerald Warfield Looking for Nanna
Oct 19 Jemma Marie Beggs Food for Thought
Oct 20 Kat Otis An Old Warrior’s Final Countdown
Oct 21 Sheryl Normandeau With Friends Like That
Oct 22 Mel Staten An Episode Below
Oct 23 Scott A. Michel The Climb
Oct 24 John S. Skinner, Jr. Across The Street
Oct 25 E. M. Byrne Ephemeron
Oct 26 Dustin Adams Halloween O’Hungering
Oct 27 Molly Flynn Daddy’s Glasses
Oct 28 J.C. Towler The Wendigo of the Plains
Oct 29 Patrick Perkins Me Want to Play
Oct 30 David R. Gilbert Bitten
Oct 31 Paul A. Freeman Sea Monkey Business – a Halloween Tale
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  • Wow, Camille, that sounds challenging. But you don’t survive for 8 years without some tumult.

    I’ll add some bucks to my Paetron.

    I don’t have any stories in the queue at the moment. (You’ve accepted them all!) So if you need me to read for a month or so till you get caught up, let me know, and when the system comes back on, sign me up.

  • Wow, Camille, that sounds challenging. But you don’t survive for 8 years without some tumult.

    I’ll add some bucks to my Paetron.

    I don’t have any stories in the queue at the moment. (You’ve accepted them all!) So if you need me to read for a month or so till you get caught up, let me know, and when the system comes back on, sign me up.

  • MPmcgurty

    Many thanks to Rose and Steven for their expertise and hard work. Best of luck to you.

    And, of course, heaps of gratitude for Camille and Joseph for all you do.

  • MPmcgurty

    Many thanks to Rose and Steven for their expertise and hard work. Best of luck to you.

    And, of course, heaps of gratitude for Camille and Joseph for all you do.

  • Jayson Merryfield

    Can I just squeal with glee at the thought of having my very first piece of writing published anywhere at all? Thanks so much for the opportunity. 🙂

  • Jayson Merryfield

    Can I just squeal with glee at the thought of having my very first piece of writing published anywhere at all? Thanks so much for the opportunity. 🙂

  • Melissa Reynolds

    I’ll miss Rose. She was always kind and encouraging. I wish her the best!

  • Melissa Reynolds

    I’ll miss Rose. She was always kind and encouraging. I wish her the best!

  • macdabhaid

    A tough time indeed. Best wishes with those who have moved on and a sizable helping of good luck to those remaining.

  • macdabhaid

    A tough time indeed. Best wishes with those who have moved on and a sizable helping of good luck to those remaining.

  • J.C. Towler

    I’m very sorry to hear about Rose leaving. She has an amazing gift of insight and can find the good and bad in a story like a bloodhound scents a rabbit. Steven is an equally painful blow. He was always there to pick up the pieces when something went wrong on the technical end. Andrew is a sharp eyed reader and his commentary always helped make a story better.

    You can never truly replace folks like that, but I hope you’ll find their equal to step in and carry on.

  • J.C. Towler

    I’m very sorry to hear about Rose leaving. She has an amazing gift of insight and can find the good and bad in a story like a bloodhound scents a rabbit. Steven is an equally painful blow. He was always there to pick up the pieces when something went wrong on the technical end. Andrew is a sharp eyed reader and his commentary always helped make a story better.

    You can never truly replace folks like that, but I hope you’ll find their equal to step in and carry on.

  • Rose Gardener

    Thank you all for your kind comments. I’m missing everyone already!
    I owe EDF a huge debt of gratitude for all I’ve learned. My writing has improved immeasurably and the editing and critiquing skills I’ve acquired will be taken forward to whatever I take on in future.
    This is an exciting time for the magazine with promising changes afoot for a strong, bright future. I’d encourage anyone with an interest to consider joining the team. You won’t regret it.
    Thank you to the team of people who’ve taught me, supported me, and become good friends. Thank you EDF!

  • Rose Gardener

    Thank you all for your kind comments. I’m missing everyone already!
    I owe EDF a huge debt of gratitude for all I’ve learned. My writing has improved immeasurably and the editing and critiquing skills I’ve acquired will be taken forward to whatever I take on in future.
    This is an exciting time for the magazine with promising changes afoot for a strong, bright future. I’d encourage anyone with an interest to consider joining the team. You won’t regret it.
    Thank you to the team of people who’ve taught me, supported me, and become good friends. Thank you EDF!