SmokeLong Weekly for October 22, 2016:

Dear Fiction Editor:

Art by Katelin Kinney
by Kyle Brown

The following submission is titled “Dear Fiction Editor,” a story in the form of a letter to a fictional fiction editor of a fictional literary journal. I hope to relieve any confusion that the fictional letter might pose since this letter to you is also addressed “Dear Fiction Editor.” You could say that is a … Continue reading Dear Fiction Editor:

More stories:

Quiet HoursBy Mike Minchin

That Sun, Struggling DownBy Anna Cabe

Aufgaben: ein TriptychonBy Rupprecht Mayer

SafetyBy Michele Finn Johnson

art by Catherine Hoffman

Issue Fifty-Three

September 19, 2016

This Week’s Reader:

Kendra Fortmeyer

Kendra Fortmeyer is a Pushcart Prize-winning fiction writer whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Nonrequired Reading, One Story, The Toast, Black Warrior Review, Lightspeed and elsewhere. She received her MFA in fiction from the New Writers Project at UT Austin, and recently attended the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ workshop in San Diego. She is the fiction editor for Broad! magazine and likes to play in the genre divide. Her debut magical realist YA novel, Hole in the Middle, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in 2017.

Read the interview with Kendra Fortmeyer

Flash, Back: Margaret Atwood’s “Happy Endings”


SmokeLong‘s “Flash, Back” series asks writers to discuss flash fiction that may be obscure or printed before the term “flash fiction” became popular, and tell us how these older or not widely-known works are meaningful. In this edition, Jeanne Jones discusses Margaret Atwood’s “Happy Endings,” and how it gave her permission to break the rules of traditional storytelling. Submit … Continue reading Flash, Back: Margaret Atwood’s “Happy Endings”


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