SmokeLong Weekly for November 13, 2018:


by Christopher M Drew

The second thing I see after pulling the bedroom blind is my wife’s handprint on the casement window. The first thing I see is an alligator in the pool. I light a cigarette and grab my phone, Google ‘difference crocodile alligator’. I’d stopped using grammar in my searches years ago. It saved a lot of … Continue reading Alligator

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There Weren’t Even Any BubblesBy Vivien Cao

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What I Have Coming To MeBy Maddy Raskulinecz

The UnicornBy Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Issue Sixty-One

September 17, 2018

This Week’s Reader:

Hillary Leftwich

Hillary Leftwich lives in Denver with her son in “The Murder House,” a registered historical landmark turned affordable housing. There may or may not be ghosts. She earned her MFA in fiction and poetry at the Mile High MFA program at Regis University. She is an editor at Heavy Feather Review and curates At the Inkwell Denver, a monthly reading series. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, The Review Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Matter Press, Hobart, WhiskeyPaper, NANO Fiction, Monkeybicycle, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Sundog Lit, Heavy Feather Review, Literary Orphans, Occulum, and others. Her first book, Ghosts are Just Strangers Who Know How to Knock, is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms (CCM) in October of 2019. Find her at or on Twitter @hillaryleftwich.

Read the interview with Hillary Leftwich

Review: Stephanie Hutton’s Three Sisters of Stone

Stephanie Hutton’s Three Sisters of Stone (Ellipsis Zine, May 2018) is a novella-in-flash that follows three sisters from childhood through adulthood in Australia, spanning about thirty-five years. Hutton is a clinical psychologist living in the UK who rewards her readers with a psychological precision and an economy of language that deepen the reader’s understanding of … Continue reading Review: Stephanie Hutton’s Three Sisters of Stone