SmokeLong Weekly for August 21, 2017:

Sins of Omission

by James Claffey

My father records my transgressions in a large blue ledger with marbled edges. Dropped lumps of coal out of the scuttle whilst taking it to the living room fireplace. Punishment: Six slaps with the leather dog collar. Stealing money from Mam’s purse. Punishment: Fifteen slaps with the leather dog collar. Staring out the window for no … Continue reading Sins of Omission

More stories:

Good BoysBy Tamara Schuyler

I’m Such a Slut and I Don’t Give a FuckBy Jen Michalski

Still Life with HairballBy Robyn Groth

All of us are in piecesBy Melissa Goode

Issue Fifty-Six

June 19, 2017

This Week’s Reader:

Andrew R. Mitchell

Andrew R. Mitchell’s fiction has appeared in PloughsharesGulf CoastSouthern Indiana ReviewSycamore Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. He was the 2016 recipient for the Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, selected by Jim Shepard, and he currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Outlook Springs. He lives in New Hampshire.

Read the interview with Andrew R. Mitchell

Fridge Flash: Why Squirrels Don’t Care for Robots

The kids in Oliver Jones’ first grade class were instructed to imagine a story that took place outside of their school. They were to include at least one real element they have observed outside. Oliver chose to include squirrels in his story. He hasn’t observed any robots on the school grounds but he hasn’t given … Continue reading Fridge Flash: Why Squirrels Don’t Care for Robots


Subscribe to the free, weekly newsletter and receive updates about new issues, new reading periods, contests, etc.