editorial by Camille Gooderham Campbell
From the Editors
We have some interesting stories to publish this month, including a few that might be pushing the edges of readers’ comfort zones. One, in fact, came with a double resubmission after acceptance — one grittier version with some controversial language, and a slightly more dialed-back version; we’re still in conversation about what we’re comfortable publishing and how much an author’s identity gives or takes away the right to use particular words and dialect choices.
Other than that, we’re enjoying the spring flowers and nicer weather (in some parts of the world, anyway), and it’s pretty much business as usual around here.
This month, we’re featuring “Star War Crimes” by Karl Lykken on Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you, obviously).
Then we have “Two Suitcases” by Karin Terebessy for Mother’s Day on May 14th.
Finally, we’re bringing you “Maryam’s Ramadan” by Fatima Saeed to mark the beginning of Ramadan on May 27th, followed by “Daniella in the Lion’s Den” by Kristin Petry for the long weekend and the start of barbecue weather and outdoor parties.
This past month, we welcomed two new slush readers, Elizabeth Hoyle and Jeff Switt. It’s always great to have fresh perspectives on our editorial team.
And here are the stories you’ll be reading this month…
May’s Table of Contents
|May 1||Caine Taylor||Essentially, Spoiled!|
|May 2||D. Quentin Miller||The Body Painter|
|May 3||Regina Buttner||Hard Frost|
|May 4||Karl Lykken||Star War Crimes|
|May 5||Rosalie Kempthorne||Bolts and Bones|
|May 6||RT Fitzpatrick||The Man|
|May 7||Fred D. White||Brainies|
|May 8||Michael Snyder||Rubber Humans|
|May 9||KB Sluss||Smoke, Liniment, and Rose Perfume|
|May 10||Christopher Owen||Cat in the Snow|
|May 11||Kat McNichol||The Librarian|
|May 12||Angela Hui||The Duties of Man|
|May 13||Chris Vander Kaay||Fears Like Kafka|
|May 14||Karin Terebessy||Two Suitcases|
|May 15||Jonathan Ellingson||Betrayal in the Canning Collective|
|May 16||Madhumitha Koduvalli||On Beauty|
|May 17||Brandon Fife||A Web of Vice|
|May 18||Angela Sylvaine||Be Mine|
|May 19||David Cleden||Keep Going|
|May 20||Clint Johnson||Chain n’ Bone|
|May 21||Paul A. Freeman||Upward Mobility|
|May 22||Sam Rebelein||Why Call Them “Bottomless Fries” If You Can Only Eat So Many|
|May 23||Andy Tu||Nicole Dean|
|May 24||Alex Z. Salinas||Milkshake|
|May 25||Alyssa Jordan||Broken Hands|
|May 26||Marte F. Klaussen||Bottled|
|May 27||Fatima Saeed||Maryam’s Ramadan|
|May 28||Kristen Petry||Daniella in the Lion’s Den|
|May 29||Lanny Durbin||The Dead Tabby|
|May 30||Mary Lucille Hays||The Bird’s Nest|
|May 31||Richard Shaw||Neighbour of Zero|