Smokelong Weekly for October 8, 2015:

Grains and Names

art by Paul Bilger
by H.M. Cotton

In twenty or more colors, sand artists capture slivers of the Painted Canyon in twisted vases at the fair. I honeymooned in the Painted Canyon. It was hot. It was dry. It was filled with grit. Last week, I imagined my husband’s head in a giant glass jar, the one we keep our wine corks … Continue reading Grains and Names

More stories:

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

BaitBy Amy Sayre Baptista

HiBy T.E. Cowell

Stone, Well, GirlBy Benito Vergara

art  by Josh George

Issue Forty-Nine

September 21, 2015

This Week’s Reader:

Michelle Elvy

Michelle Elvy is a writer, editor and manuscript assessor, originally from the Chesapeake and based in New Zealand's Bay of Islands, currently sailing in the Indian Ocean, in and around Madagascar. While meandering around the watery edges of continents, she edits at Flash Frontier and Blue Five Notebook, and plays her part in New Zealand’s National Flash Fiction Day every June. She is Assistant Editor, International, of Best Small Fictions (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2015; 2016 forthcoming).  This year, she was also on the editing teams of Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton) and Voyaging with Kids (L & L Pardey). More at

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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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