Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL QUESTIONS
SUBSCRIPTION QUESTIONS
STAR RATING & STORY COMMENT QUESTIONS
SUBMISSION QUESTIONS
PODCASTING QUESTIONS
PAYMENT QUESTIONS
ADVERTISING QUESTIONS

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GENERAL QUESTIONS

How do I get in contact with you?
The best way to reach us is with our contact form — it sends your message to our whole editorial team at once, so the first available editor can respond to your question. We’re also active in our social media communities, so you can ask questions and start discussions there too.

Who publishes Every Day Fiction?
EDF is published by Every Day Publishing Ltd., a small publishing company founded in Vancouver, Canada, by Jordan Ellinger, Camille Gooderham Campbell, and Steven Smethurst.

When was the magazine founded?
Every Day Fiction began soliciting submissions in late July 2007, and started publishing stories on September 1st, 2007.

What other magazines and projects are affiliated with Every Day Fiction?
Every Day Poets was added to our family in the fall of 2008 and began publishing poems on November 1st, 2008.
Flash Fiction Chronicles was created in early 2009 and was officially launched on March 22, 2009.
Every Day Novels was announced in June 2010, and the first Every Day Novel was serialized in January 2012,  with the e-book and print book set to be released for sale in early 2013 along with the announcement of our second title(s).

Are you associated with Everyday Weirdness or Everyday Genius?
No. The ezines everydayweirdness.com and everydaygenius.com are NOT in any way affiliated with Every Day Publishing.

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SUBSCRIPTION QUESTIONS

I signed up to receive the daily story by email, but am not getting it. What should I do?
When you signed up, you should have received an automated email from Feedburner (our subscription service), asking you to click a link to activate your subscription. If you did so, and you’re still not receiving subscription emails, please check your spam/junk mail folder and add no_reply@everydayfiction.com to your contact list (see below). This resolves 99% of most people’s problems.

I was receiving the daily story by email, but I didn’t get one today, even though you have a new story up on the website. Help!?
We use a third party subscription service called FeedBurner to handle our subscriptions. They sometimes have hiccups in their service over which we have no control. If you don’t receive any new stories in two or three days, we suggest that you unsubscribe and then re-subscribe as a first step to resolving the problem, and please CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER to make sure your email program hasn’t identified it as spam — this can happen even after you’ve been receiving subscription emails for some time. If none of these steps work, we suggest that you contact your email provider and ask them to look into the issue.

I no longer want to receive your daily emails. How do I unsubscribe?
At the very bottom of every subscription email we send out, there’s an “unsubscribe now” link; just click on that link, and FeedBurner will take care of it.

What is FeedBurner and why do you use it?
FeedBurner is a website that provides email and RSS subscription with statistics. Feedburner occasionally has minor service hiccups, but overall it does a satisfactory job, and at this time we have no evidence that competing services would offer an improvement. We currently do not have the resources to set up our own in-house daily subscription system to match what FeedBurner does for us.

How do I add EveryDayFiction to my email whitelist?
It depends on what email service you use. Most of the time it is as simple as adding ‘no_reply@everydayfiction.com’ to your contacts. I added instructions for some of the most common web email.

Google users:

  • Click on “Contacts” on left side bar.
  • Click on the single person icon for “New Contact”
  • On “email” type, “no_reply@everydayfiction.com
  • Click on the save key just above it, and you’re done.
  • Click on “settings” in the top right corner
  • Click on the “filters” tab
  • In the main window, click on “create a new filter”
  • In the “from” window, type “no_reply@everydayfiction.com” then click on “next step”
  • Select the button that says, “Never send it to spam.” Then click on “create filter”.

Yahoo Users:

  • In your Yahoo mailbox, go to the left column and click on “add” beside the word “contacts”
  • In the email field, type “no_reply@everydayfiction.com
  • Click on “save”
  • Click “Options” in the top right corner
  • Click “Filters”
  • Next, click “Add Filter”
  • In the top row, labeled “From Header:” make sure “contains” is selected.
  • Click in the text box next to that drop-down menu, and enter “no_reply@everydayfiction.com” in the “From” line of our e-mail message (Please select the e-mail address from the list provided)
  • At the bottom, where it says “Move the message to:” select “Inbox” from the menu.
  • Click the “Add Filter” button again.

AOL Users:

  • Click on “Contacts” in the left sidebar
  • Click on “New” in the top title bar
  • From the drop down menu, select “new contact”
  • Under “email” type “no_reply@everydayfiction.com
  • On the top title bar, select “Create”
  • In the top right corner select “settings”
  • On the left side bar select “spam controls”
  • In the main window select “spam filters by addresses” click the down arrow on the drop down menu and select “custom”
  • Click the button that says, “allow mail from”
  • In the window immediately below the button, type “no_reply@everydayfiction.com
  • Click the green “+” sign and you’re done.

Hotmail Users:

  • In the “Mail” screen, at the bottom left corner, click on “Contact list”
  • Near the top left corner, click on “New”
  • Under “Email Address” type “no_reply@everydayfiction.com” then click “save”
  • Click the “Options” tab
  • From the drop down menu, click on “More Options”
  • Under “Junk Email” click on “Safe and Blocked” senders
  • Click on “Safe senders”
  • In the box, type “no_reply@everydayfiction.com” and click on “add to list”

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STAR RATING & STORY COMMENT QUESTIONS

What is the star rating system?
The star rating system is a voting system that allows us to see how well a particular story is received by our readership. It helps us understand our readership’s interests and preferences.

How does the star rating system work?
Below every story, underneath the text “Rate this story”, there are five stars outlined in grey. Some of them may or may not be filled in with gold, depending on whether votes have already been placed. When you hold your mouse pointer over the stars, they become highlighted in red — one star (to the left with only the one star highlighted) is the lowest rating you can give, and five stars (to the right with all five stars highlighted) is the highest rating you can give. When you click, your rating is recorded.

Can I change my rating?
No, changing your rating after you’ve clicked is not an available feature of the system. Please click carefully.

I rated a story, but the gold stars are still showing the same rating as before. Was my rating not counted?
The gold stars show the average of all ratings made. Please be assured that every rating is counted; however, once about 15 total ratings have been made, a single rating doesn’t visibly shift the average as displayed to one decimal place.

I see that readers can comment on the stories. Does that mean EDF is a critique group or place to workshop stories?
No. EDF is a magazine. We allow reader comments because many authors appreciate the feedback they receive.

Should I use the comments to nitpick and point out typos?
We would prefer that you contact us about small grammatical errors and simple typos so that we can correct them without drawing other readers’ attention away from the story, but you’re welcome to start a discussion about an author’s choice of, say, overall dialogue formatting or the use of a particular point of view.

Are the comments only for praising stories I like?
Certainly not. We don’t expect everyone to like every story.  Differing opinions are a given, and criticism is welcome, otherwise the comments would become a praise parade rather than a true discussion. The vast majority of our commenters are helpful and supportive even when delivering a less-than-glowing opinion, and we value that.

Do you censor the comments or can I say anything I please?
We do not tolerate inappropriately foul comments, aspersions cast on authors’ future careers, or mockery and nastiness of any sort. The comments are NOT intended as a place for gratuitous cruelty and hurtful put-downs, and while we don’t like to censor anyone, we find ourselves occasionally forced to delete mean-spirited remarks that cross boundaries of respect and common courtesy.  Unfortunately, we have had a few of these incidents at both EDF and EDP, and would like the community to know that people who abuse the privilege of commenting can and will have their nasty comments removed (and, if necessary, their IP addresses flagged as a source of spam).

My comment isn’t showing up! What should I do?
Comments that don’t show up immediately were probably snagged by our spam-catcher; in order to prevent the comment threads from being flooded with spam, we have fairly stringent parameters that cause suspect comments to be held for moderation. You can a) just wait, since we check the spam box once a day to rescue genuine comments, or b) contact us to let us know that your comment isn’t getting through.

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SUBMISSION QUESTIONS

I can’t log in to the submission system. What should I do?
First of all, the system does sometimes hang for a few seconds during the login process while it connects with your OpenID provider, so please make sure you’re giving it a chance to load before you decide it’s not working. Also, make sure you’re giving Abluestar.com permission to access your OpenID provider, because if you deny that permission it will shut the connection down. If the submission system really doesn’t seem to be loading, wait a bit and try again — it’s always possible that something is momentarily offline or overloaded, and a few minutes will solve the problem without any further intervention. If you’re still not able to log in after repeated attempts (consider waiting at least fifteen minutes to an hour before determining this), it could be an issue with your browser settings — even if you’ve previously used the same browser to log in successfully, something may have auto-updated without your knowing it, or you may have inadvertently changed or disabled something that affects our system — so we encourage you to try a different browser and/or a different computer if possible (if that works, the problem is with the browser, not our system). Finally, consider trying a different OpenID provider to see whether the problem is related to the OpenID provider you’re using (for instance, users have been experiencing significant problems connecting with Windows Live ever since that service merged with Skype). If none of these steps work for you, please contact us with the details of a) the name or pen name used on your account, b) how often you’ve tried to log in over what period of time, c) the OpenID providers you’ve tried, and d) what browsers and operating systems are involved (e.g., you’ve tried both Chrome and Firefox on a computer running Windows, and Safari on a friend’s Mac). We can’t help you if we don’t have that information, or if you refuse to attempt the steps described above.

I can log in to the submission system, but I don’t see any of my information or past submissions. What went wrong?
When this happens, it’s usually because you’ve used a different OpenID to log in this time than you did with your previous submissions. For example, if you use Google to log in when you submit your first story, and then use Facebook to log in the next time you visit, you’re creating a second account for yourself, which has no access or connection to the first one — our submission system has no way of knowing that your Google account and your Facebook account belong to the same person.

It has been n days since I submitted my story, have you read it yet?
Our response times vary depending on the number of submissions we’re getting. Our target response time is 60 to 75 days. The submission guidelines state that we will respond to you within a maximum of 90 days. If you have reason to believe that we’ve held your story beyond 90 days, please contact us so that we can look into it.

How do I know that you’ve even received my submission?
Our online submission system sends an auto-response email confirming that your submission has been received.  If you do not get a confirmation email within 24 hours of submitting your story, please contact us so we can check our database for your story.

How many stories can I submit to you at once?
You can have up to 3 stories in our slush pile at any given time. Once we accept or reject one of your stories, you can submit anther one.

Do you accept previously published work?
No, we are not interested in reprints at this time. Please note that if you’ve published your story on a publicly accessible website of any kind, even your own personal blog, it is considered published and therefore inappropriate for our market.

Do you accept poetry?
Every Day Fiction publishes flash fiction, and Every Day Poets publishes poetry; please see the EDP submission guidelines for more information on submitting poetry. The editorial processes and staff for EDF and EDP are completely separate and cannot share submissions, so poetry needs to be specifically submitted to EDP.  While EDF’s guidelines don’t absolutely rule out poetry, any piece submitted to EDF will be judged as a story for plot and character development, regardless of how good it might be as a poem.

What is the maximum and minimum length you’re looking for in a story?
Our firm maximum word count is 1000 words, and we reject stories unread if they exceed it. There is no minimum word count, but you should be aware that we are looking for complete stories with plot and character development.

What is the slush?
The terms “slush” and “slush pile” are used in the publishing industry to refer to unsolicited manuscripts. It does not imply any disrespect to you or your story.

Is it okay to submit a story if I’m under eighteen years old?
Our readership is adult so we assume that our authors are adults (meaning that no special favour or consideration is given to younger writers) but we don’t specifically rule anyone out. However, if you’re under eighteen (or under the age of majority in your country, whatever that is), please ask a parent, guardian, teacher or writing mentor to read over the contract with you when it pops up during the submission process, so that you understand the agreement you’re making. If you (and/or the responsible adults in your writing life) need help understanding the contract terms and what they mean, please feel free to ask us — sometimes publishing terms and contract language can be a little confusing if they’re new to you, no matter how plain we try to be.

I submitted the wrong version of my story. How can I replace it with the correct version?
If you’ve submitted the wrong version of your story, or if you’ve revised it since it was submitted, you may withdraw the original version by contacting us, and then submit your revised version. Please note that you will lose your place in the slush queue if you do this, so it’s not something we recommend for minor tweaks (you can always update those after acceptance, if they aren’t the sort of changes that will make or break our decision).

I’ve been asked to submit a revision; how do I do that?
You can submit it through our online system, the same way you submitted the original version of the story. Please check the Requested Resubmission box so that it goes to the correct folder in our system.

My story was accepted and I’d like to make some changes prior to publication; how do I do that?
Simple changes (e.g., cut paragraph A, change sentence X to sentence Y) can be made by email — just reply to your acceptance email or use the contact form. If you’ve made multiple/complex changes, please submit the new version through our online system, checking the Requested Resubmission box, and then contact us to let us know you’ve done so (NOTE: you do need to click “Accept” for the contract, and please check to make sure you get a confirmation email with your new submission ID number — plus you should be able to see the new version in your list of submitted stories!)

My story was published and something about it wasn’t right; can it be fixed after publication?
Yes, we are able to edit the story text after publication. Please contact us to let us know what the problem is, and we’ll help you sort it out. If the issue is a major/noticeable one (e.g., the published story was not the correct draft/version and the whole piece needs to be replaced), we’ll let readers know in the comment thread so that no one is confused.

My story has some quoted song lyrics in it; is that okay?
Unfortunately, no — not unless you have written permission from the rights holder. Since we do not have the time or resources to manage copyright permissions, please do not send us works with quoted song lyrics. You may use song titles and the names of composers, lyricists, and/or performers, and you may paraphrase or refer to the song lyrics, but we are unable to publish stories with directly quoted song lyrics unless they are in the public domain (written before 1920). If you do have written permission from the rights holder (e.g., your friend wrote a song and you’ve quoted it with his/her permission), please note it at the bottom of your story text.

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PODCASTING QUESTIONS

Do you have exclusive podcast rights to the stories you publish?
No, our podcast rights are not exclusive or even restricted to FIRST podcast rights, so feel free to sell or give those rights elsewhere. We only ask that the podcast mention EDF as the original publisher of the story. If you do have an EDF story released as a podcast elsewhere, we’d love to know about it so we can share it with our readers — contact us, or share your news with the EDF community on social media.

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PAYMENT QUESTIONS

Do you pay for the stories/poems you publish, and if so, how much?
Yes. We pay USD$3 for each story published in EDF, via PayPal.

How does the payment system work?
Once your story is designated as “accepted” in our administration system (i.e., an editor clicks the “Accept this story” button), you will receive an automated acceptance email with a link to our payment form, where you can type in the email address associated with the PayPal account where you’d like to receive the payment. Please type carefully to be sure the email address is correct, as we will copy it exactly to send payment.

Can I donate my payment back to Every Day Fiction?
Yes. There is an option to donate on the payment form, and we gratefully appreciate any donations.

Does choosing to donate or accept payment affect the way my future submissions might be read?
Not at all. The payment process is completely unconnected to the slush reading process.

When can I expect to receive my payment?
Our contract states that you will be paid within 30 days of publication. We typically process payments in two or three batches a month. Please note that if you haven’t responded to your payment email, we can’t pay you; payment requests sent more than 30 days after publication will be processed with the next batch.

What if I don’t have a PayPal account or don’t want to use PayPal?
Unfortunately, since we deal with authors around the world, PayPal is the only cost-effective means we have of making payments — the service fees and mailing costs for cheques and money orders would be prohibitive. If you wish to receive payment from us, it is your responsibility to establish a PayPal account. If PayPal is a problem for you, please contact us to discuss the issue before submitting your work.

Why don’t you use something else instead of PayPal?
Unfortunately, there is currently no other cost-effective option for international online payment that we know of. If you have a better solution for us, please let us know!

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ADVERTISING QUESTIONS

I have a great website! Can we do a link exchange?
We don’t currently have a place on our site for link exchanges, though we may add one at some point in the future. In the meantime, if your site is likely to be of interest to writers, we suggest that you submit a press release or informational article to Flash Fiction Chronicles, our non-fiction craft-of-writing blogzine. You’re also welcome to share your link with our community on social media — in particular, our G+ community has a “Promote Your Stuff” category, and our Facebook page permits “Posts by others” (for items related to reading and writing only, please — no off-topic spam!).

I would like to advertise on your site. Where, when, and how much?
We offer two forms of advertising; banner ads and story sponsorship; please see our Advertise with us page for complete information and pricing. We also use Google Ads to fill our banner space, but bookings made directly with us take priority.

There’s an ad banner on your site that I find offensive. What should I do?
Please let us know immediately! Since we use a third-party system to fill up any unused ad banner space, we don’t actually see those ads until they appear on the site, and while we’ve put everything we can in place to block inappropriate advertising, occasionally something slips through. We do respond promptly to complaints, though, and will block ads and ban offenders as necessary.

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