editorial by Camille Gooderham Campbell
From the Editors
At last we are into December, the season of holidays, whether that’s Winter Solstice, or Hannukah, or Christmas, or Festivus, or whatever you celebrate. We wish you the joy of the season, and many, many books among your gifts, and the bliss of time in which to read uninterrupted.
A SPECIAL REQUEST: Some of you may have noticed difficulties connecting with the EDF site lately, and writers may have had problems logging into our submission system. We apologize for the inconvenience, but in some ways it’s a good problem to have — readership and author submissions at EDF have grown so far beyond our original expectations, and what the system and servers were prepared to handle, that we’ve run into some little growing pains. We’re working on it, but what we really need now is some help from you. We’re not going to make like Duotrope, but a little holiday donation to help us keep going would be lovely, thank you! The biggest gift of all, though, would be to find an assistant webmaster to help Steven out. Is anyone out there interested in volunteering with us as an assistant webmaster? We need someone with at least basic PHP skills, and preferably some experience with Cake PHP. The right person does not need to be a writer/creative type, although that would be a plus. We are seriously getting to a point where we need another technical person in order to keep EDF running — please, everyone, spread the word and help us find someone so we can keep publishing these stories for you. We’re open to short-term help on just this magazine, or a long-term friendship that could run into other (revenue-generating?) projects and opportunities. Please contact us if this might be you, and thank you!
We’re kicking off the holiday reading with a Winter Solstice tale, “The Cavern” by K. Esta, on December 21st. On Christmas Eve, we’re featuring “The Gift” by Mysti Parker, and for Christmas Day we have “A Neodymium Christmas” by Chris Behrsin. Enjoy!
We’re excited to mention that “Flowers for Clockwork Street” by Jennifer R. Fierro (published in EDF on August 30, 2011, and podcast on April 30, 2012) has won the 2012 Hawthorne Citation in the Flash Fiction category. EDF’s Podcast Manager Folly Blaine also won in the Short-Short category for her story “The Hero Garden” (which can be found at Infective Ink).
We’re happy to welcome three new slush readers to our team: Nicole Dunaway, Kate Sheeran, and Colleen F. Ciccozzi. And since we’ve lost another team member in the past month — Laura Barnett is moving on to other things, with our gratitude for the time she spent with us – we’ve still got one more opening for another slush reader.
December’s Table of Contents
|Dec 1||Ruth Schiffmann||A Geronimo Autumn|
|Dec 2||Douglas Campbell||Deeper|
|Dec 3||Gloria Garfunkel||Make That a Double|
|Dec 4||Dirk Knight||Barrels|
|Dec 5||Christian A. Winn||Proof|
|Dec 6||Sarah Crysl Akhtar||Set Theory|
|Dec 7||D. B. Dubuisson||Re: Camp|
|Dec 8||Chad Stroup||The Unwilling Trophy Wife|
|Dec 9||Emily C. Skaftun||The Red Sno-Cones Are Not for Sale|
|Dec 10||Michael T Schaper||Never Again|
|Dec 11||Jabez Crisp||Synonym of Discovery|
|Dec 12||John Palen||The Shady Side|
|Dec 13||Mickey Hunt||Deprescience|
|Dec 14||Rachel J Bailey||The Doll|
|Dec 15||Natalie Zellat Dyen||ManFred’s Other Cheek|
|Dec 16||Dustin Adams||The Lives of Anderson Miles|
|Dec 17||Wayne Scheer||Space Cadet|
|Dec 18||Chris Schramm||Wasteland Gallery|
|Dec 19||Steve Husk||Alternate Ending|
|Dec 20||Kate Hebert||Orion|
|Dec 21||K. Esta||The Cavern|
|Dec 22||Renee Holland Davidson||Dreams of Disappearing|
|Dec 23||A.M. Buxton||A Holly Berry Christmas|
|Dec 24||Mysti Parker||The Gift|
|Dec 25||Chris Behrsin||A Neodymium Christmas|
|Dec 26||Andrew Stancek||Distant Thunder|
|Dec 27||Corrie Garrett||Ethics Alone|
|Dec 28||Rachael Dunlop||The Air Above My Head|
|Dec 29||Charlie Britten||My Moth|
|Dec 30||Frank Zubek||The Stapler|
|Dec 31||Rasmenia Massoud||August Is Always Like This|