Smokelong Weekly for October 13, 2015:

To Hold But Not Have

Art by Georgia Bellas
by Jenny Magee Stenger

The unannounced plummet of her heart that day in Galway when she saw newlyweds taking a victory lap around the town, dragging tin cans behind their chauffeured car. The sedan was a vintage Buick-looking thing: curvy with chrome details arcing down its powder-blue body like eyeliner. Her tears dripped in time with the cans’ rat-a-tat-tat-tat. … Continue reading To Hold But Not Have

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Grains and NamesBy H.M. Cotton

Recurring Dreams Inspired by David Foster Wallace’s Post-Modern Classic Infinite JestBy Jeff Bakkensen

BaitBy Amy Sayre Baptista

HiBy T.E. Cowell

art  by Josh George

Issue Forty-Nine

September 21, 2015

This Week’s Reader:

Tara Masih

Tara L. Masih has won multiple book awards in her role as editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays. She is also author of Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories and Series Editor for The Best Small Fictions annual anthology. Awards for her work include The Ledge Magazine’s Fiction Award, Wigleaf Top 50 recognition, and Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices, and Best of the Web nominations.

Read the interview with Tara Masih

News from Contributors and Staff

Credit: Selena N. B. H.

We’re always happy to share good news. Here’s some of the latest. From our contributors: B.A. Goodjohn‘s second novel, The Beginning Things (Underground Voices), is due for publication in November 2015. Goodjohn’s story “Mille Fleur” appeared in Issue Three of SmokeLong Quarterly. Matt Bell’s second novel Scrapper was released by Soho Press this week. His stories, “How … Continue reading News from Contributors and Staff


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