SmokeLong Weekly for July 29, 2016:

Little Plum

art by Karen Prosen
by Ari Braverman

“You love me so much you can hardly stand it,” says the mother, who is also a monolith, toppling. Her body is long and broad and her female child has a difficult time looking at it directly. Instead she looks at the microwave, which blinks in a way that seems both friendly and aggressive. It … Continue reading Little Plum

More stories:

The Sound and the SongBy Letitia Trent

Egg BabyBy Katie Burgess

The NestBy Anika Streitfeld

StorageBy Melissa Scholes Young

art by Alexander C. Kafka

Issue Fifty-Two

June 20, 2016

This Week’s Reader:

Shasta Grant

Shasta Grant is the 2016 SmokeLong Quarterly Kathy Fish Fellow. She won the 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest and has been selected as the Spring 2017 Writer-in-Residence at the Kerouac House. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Lunch Ticket, matchbook, Outlook Springswigleaf, and elsewhere. Her chapbook Gather Us Up and Bring Us Home is forthcoming from Split Lip Press.

Read the interview with Shasta Grant

On the Mirror and the Echo


In SmokeLong‘s “Why Flash Fiction?” series, writers and editors explore what draws them to the form. In this column, Carmen Maria Machado analyzes the famous six-word story “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Submit your own “Why Flash Fiction?” article or other flash-related essays on our Submittable page!    By Carmen Maria Machado Whenever I teach … Continue reading On the Mirror and the Echo


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