About the Staff
Jordan Ellinger (Executive Editor)
Jordan Ellinger is a recent first place winner in the Writers of the Future Contest and is a Clarion West graduate. His work can be seen in “AE – The Canadian Speculative Fiction Review”, and the anthologies “Time in a Bottle” and “Sha’Daa: Last Call”. He has two graphic novels in various stages of development: The Seven with Luke Eidenschink and Causality with illustrator Joey Jordan.
In his spare time, he helms Every Day Publishing Ltd., publisher of Every Day Fiction, Every Day Poets, Flash Fiction Chronicles, and Raygun Revival.
Camille Gooderham Campbell (Managing Editor)
In addition to the many hats she wears for Every Day Fiction and Every Day Publishing, Camille Gooderham Campbell is both a copywriter and a full-time mother, and she also writes her own fiction under a pen name. She has an Honours B.A. specializing in English Literature from the University of Toronto, where she was privileged to study creative writing with Professor J. Edward Chamberlin.
Camille’s taste in fiction is eclectic, with favourite authors ranging from Jane Austen to Jilly Cooper, Robert A. Heinlein to Anne McCaffrey, and Pauline Gedge to Jack Whyte. She reads all genres, with a particular interest in speculative and historical fiction, and also collects classic children’s literature.
She likes to read both really short stories and big thick novels, often at the same time, which might explain her enthusiasm for Every Day Novels.
Steven Smethurst (Web Master)
Steven Smethurst first started web design in 2002 by creating simple HTML manuals as a hobby. At first his code was very primitive, but he kept looking at what others did and learning from them. Over time, he found that he had a real knack for web design and his skills grew as he needed to fullfil requirements for new projects.
In late 2006, he found himself doing more web sites than utilities and made the mental switch from calling himself a programming monkey to calling himself a web monkey. He reads mainly short Sci-Fi such as Philip K. Dick, and older story books like The Arabian Nights and the Brothers Grimm.
He joined this project because he felt that there was a real void of ultra-short fiction stories that he could read on his lunch break.
Carol Clark (Editor)
Carol Clark is an aspiring fiction writer and poet. She likes to start her “literary” day with coffee and the morning newspaper, then adds more coffee to begin work writing and revising her short stories. She would like to start a novel and memoir soon. Her reading interests range from literary to fantasy to historical fiction, and she’s becoming more comfortable with horror writing.
Carol holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Temple University, and is the Vice President of her local Writers’ Club. She also works as an ESL tutor for the county, and has dreams of opening a “Reading & Writing Room” in her area. In her free time she loves to cook, bike, and take long walks. Carol lives outside Philadelphia with her wonderful husband and two feisty cats.
J.C. Towler (Editor)
J.C. Towler lives in North Carolina with two kids, two dogs, and a wife worth twice her weight in gold-pressed latinum. He graduated from California State University, Chico in the 80’s then toiled in Washington, D.C. for several years before moving to the Outer Banks where he writes and works as a police detective.
He mainly writes suspense, horror, and science fiction, though he dabbles in every genre. He has had stories published in print and electronic media including Every Day Fiction, Monstrous: 20 Tales of Giant Creature Terror, Your Darkest Dreamspell, “Flash Fiction 40” 2009 Anthology, Spinetingler, Haruah: Breath of Heaven, Fear & Trembling, and The Best of Every Day Fiction Two anthology.
John D. McDonald, Larry McMurtry, and George R.R. Martin count among his favorite modern writers.
Joseph Kaufman (Editor)
After growing up on a farm in western Iowa, Joe headed to the bustling metropolis of Des Moines to attend Drake University. There, he worked at Hubbell Dining Hall during his four-year stint, honing such skills as garbage removal, cardboard crushing, and churning out “Hubbell Man” adventures (that were exquisitely atrocious). His stay at Drake ended with the near-accidental acquisition of degrees in Mathematics and Physics, disciplines Joe immediately abdicated for a halcyon career in information technology. Some years later, Joe moved to St. Louis where his presence caused the Rams to grow progressively worse each year. His move to Wisconsin in 2009 may have afforded them a tiny resurgence.
Joe now lives the high life in the Madison area with his beautiful wife Katy, lovely daughter Vivian, Lola the cat, and his collection of over 1,000 beer bottles that takes up over 200 feet of shelving. He works as an application developer for the world’s largest rodenticide company. Joe affords vermin no quarter, perhaps in response to his childhood days on the farm when a mouse stole some of his precious cheese.
Joe enjoys consuming all kinds of short-form fiction, where his favorite authors include Raymond Carver and Flannery O’Connor. He has done a fair bit of writing and reading in a couple online communities and contests, with a love of con-crit reviewing recently taking the fore.
Folly Blaine (Podcast Manager)
Folly Blaine lives in Seattle, Washington. Her work has appeared online at Every Day Fiction, InfectiveINk.com, 10Flash Quarterly, and Short, Fast, and Deadly.
Her horror story, “British Guiana, 1853″, is available in the print anthology Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations.
Sealey Andrews (Editorial Assistant)
Sealey Andrews writes horror and fantasy from her home in Seattle, WA. She holds a B.A. in Culture, Literature and Art, with a focus on Northwest Coast Native American Studies and 20th century popular culture (which basically means she watched movies for an entire semester).
Sealey began submitting fiction for publication in 2009 and has had four of her stories published. Three of them were flash fiction, and though she doesn’t generally consider brevity to be her strong suit, apparently (and fortunately) three editors disagreed with her.
When she’s not working, wrangling children, writing or reading, Sealey can be found at the sushi bar, enjoying one of the many perks of living in the Pacific Northwest–fresh seafood.
Give Sealey fast-paced, dialogue-heavy stories and she’s a very happy reader.
Tara Sim (Editorial Assistant)
As a graduate of Hollins University, Tara Sim enjoys festive mountain climbing, writing to discover, and being entranced by the curvature of words in books. She currently lives in a foggy place that may or may not be poisonous. With a BA and departmental honors in English/Creative Writing, she strives to produce and publish as many stories as her fingers can type. So far she has written four novels, a collection of short stories, and a novella — with assuredly more to come.
Fantasy appeals most to her, but she has always been eclectic when it comes to fiction; even though her favorite books are The Lord of Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, she also fiercely admires the classics from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Jane Austen. Science fiction, slipstream, steampunk, horror, mystery, literary, and whatever genre or non-genre you can think of is what she reads, so long as it grips hard and doesn’t let go without a fight.
Rose Gardener (Editorial Assistant)
Rose Gardener lives in Wales, UK in secluded retirement. Kept housebound by her ill-health and disabilities she fills her days with reading and writing. She has published two short stories and now has her first novel well underway. When in need of a break from ‘work’ she chats to friends on-line or admires her garden through the window. Once a keen hands-on gardener, she now rejoices that somebody else has to do the hard work while she reaps the rewards. That just about sums up her attitude to life: look for the positives in every situation.
Layla Blackwell (Slush Reader)
Layla Blackwell is a writer from Glasgow but her business card reads: Woman of Mystery.
As a founding member of the Glasgow writers group she is not new to the idea of constructive criticism and knows first hand the positive effect that good feedback can have on a writer.
She is excited to be a part of such a great team and is looking forward to aiding more fellow writers on their creative journey.
Jonathan Cardew (Slush Reader)
Jonathan Cardew hates writing biographies because they can sound pretentious and, at worst, like a desperate cry for recognition.
If he were to write a biography, he would probably mention where he is from (England) and where he lives now (Milwaukee), though he would probably neglect to discuss how and why he moved between these places. He would no doubt pontificate on the glory of the short story, its special place in his heart and on his bookshelf, in addition to name dropping a few key authors (Munro, Dick, Murakami). Sheepishly, he would name drop his own publishing credits and attempt to aggrandize them by including an infinitely possible ‘etcetera’ or ‘among others’ (Segue Literary Journal, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Every Day Fiction, The Postcard Press… etcetera).
He would probably say that he is working on a novel, even though he is not working on a novel, because there is always that big novel in there somewhere and you might as well mention it. And he would probably stop being a smart ass there.
Kent DuFault (Slush Reader)
Kent DuFault is an author, photographer and digital artist.
He is an expatriate from the United States currently living in Corrientes, Argentina with his wife, Clarisa, and their three pets; Emmit, Bella, and Lolita.
He often writes about the underdog in life and sprinkles his stories with dark humor. When he’s not writing, or taking photographs, he loves working with animals, traveling, and cooking.
Nicole Dunaway (Slush Reader)
Nicole Dunaway grew up in Rome, Italy, where she obtained her BA in Contemporary History. She has lived in California, South Africa, Chile, Argentina and is now based in London with her four children.
She has a Masters in Ethnic History and a second one in Education. She has worked in the television/film industry in various capacities, has done volunteer work with several NGOs, has worked for many years as an elementary teacher, and has been a translator for an international news magazine. She enjoys writing fiction, some of which has been published in specialized journals (Analog Press and Every Day Fiction). She edited a book of texts and photographs on Argentina from the perspective of twenty-five women. She also wrote and edited a second bilingual book “Argentine Women” which was published in November 2011 and presented to the Argentine press in March 2012. She is currently working in a Primary School in North London as Library Teacher.
Reading is her greatest passion in life, and she always carries a book in her bag, ready to pull out at any moment — on the bus, waiting at the doctor’s, or standing in line at the post office!
Kate Sheeran (Slush Reader)
Kate Sheeran is a writer, reader, and lover of hiking trails. She grew up in New Hampshire and currently lives in New York City, where she spends her nine-to-five working as an academic administrator. She has degrees in music from Ithaca College and the University of Maine, and she is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction at Pacific University.
Since travel is inspiring, Kate takes every opportunity to journey overseas to places like Italy, Ireland, Iceland, and Israel. Once she finishes the I countries, she’s thinking of trying out the F’s or the N’s.
When it comes to reading, Kate particularly enjoys speculative and literary fiction. Since captivating characters and stories come out of all genres, she explores each section of the bookstore with equal enthusiasm.
Colleen F. Ciccozzi (Slush Reader)
Colleen F. Ciccozzi lives in a small rural town in southern Colorado with her husband of forty-plus years. They have three dogs now and two indoor cats. They are surrounded by fabulous deer, elk, rabbits, chipmunks, and various birds. There are also a few disgusting rattlesnakes.
Colleen has been published online at several websites, the latest in April, 2012 at The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature as C. Ciccozzi. She has a short horror piece at Short-Story.Me under her real name. Since that story was published, she’s had several additional shorts and flashes of various genres published under a pen name.
Dustin Adams (Slush Reader)
Dustin Adams owns and runs his own Customs brokerage business. It’s an intense, mind-stimulating job that requires extraordinary focus and attention.
He began writing short stories while in high school. Then for some unknown reason (video games) he stopped for a decade or so (really fun video games). Now, knocking loudly on age 40’s door, he’s writing full-on with piston engine fingers. He writes in the morning, in the dark, and has seen the sun rise several thousand times.
Jenn Q. Goddu (Slush Reader)
Jenn Q. Goddu is a transplant from Canada living in Charlotte, NC, after a 10-year stint in Chicago.
She’s one semester (and a thesis) away from an MFA in fiction from Queens University of Charlotte. She also teaches there (whatever they will let her teach — including composition, public speaking, business communication, and American studies).
A full-time mother of a four-year-old son and four-month-old puppy, she is also a freelance writer/editor/writing coach. In her spare time, she’s become addicted to geocaching which actually gets her outside and away from the computer.
J. Chris Lawrence (Slush Reader)
A fan of all things fiction, J. Chris Lawrence spends most of his time writing; though he’s also been known to dabble in music, sculpting, sketch work, developing an army of mutant clones, and video games for fun. His work has appeared in a handful of web publications, including Every Day Fiction Magazine, Leodegraunce and Apollo’s Lyre.
Though he often gravitates toward darker fiction and humor, Chris is open to any genre and thoroughly enjoys a refreshing diversity in the craft. He’s a sucker for velvet prose, risk, vivid characters, and compelling plots.
He’s currently based in Georgia, where he lives with his wife, two sons, two cats, and a dog that thinks he’s a cat.
Past editors include:
Elissa Vann Struth
Past editorial assistants include:
Patricia La Barbera • Shelley Dayton • Emily Skaftun • Aliza Greenblatt
Past slush readers include:
Scott Cosby • Elise Palmer • Davina Colpman • Gay Degani • K.C. Ball • Hillary Degani
Katheryn McLaughlin • Jana Seely • Martin Turton • Joe Daniels • Brenda Stokes
Michelle Jager • Laura Crowe • Devan Goldstein • Laurel Fuller • S.A. Ross • Ben Carey
Melanie Browne • Karen Monroe • Nicole Lavigne • Kip Hanson • Dale Rappaneau
Laura Barnett • J.B. Michaud