Global Flash Series

English, as beautiful as it is, isn’t the only language on earth. There is a world of flash writers out there, and we want to showcase their work here at SLQ.

Submissions opened on June 1, 2016, for stories 600 words or fewer in French, Spanish, Danish, and German. We understand that this is kind of Eurocentric, but if all goes well, we’ll keep mining languages for great fiction until we’ve covered all 6909 on earth. In fact, this year we’ll be seeking submissions in Swahili and Hebrew, so if you write in one of these language or you know someone who does, we’d love you to submit to SmokeLong!

And if you are a translator/editor who’d like to get involved, let us know by dropping us a mail at editors [at]

Accepted stories will appear in the original language as well as in English, translated by the guest editors below. All other guidelines and terms of acceptance apply.

Submit, as always, through Submittable!

Global Flash Guest Editors

Ilana Masad, guest editor for Hebrew, is an Israeli-American fiction writer and book critic. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Tin House’s Open Bar, Printer’s Row, Joyland Magazine, Vice, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and more. She is the founder and host of The Other Stories, a podcast featuring fiction writers, and can be found tweeting too much @ilanaslightly. Masad chose the story “חלב חם“/“Warm Milk” for the December 2017 issue and “Drowned” for the March 2018 issue of SmokeLong Quarterly.

John O. Ndavula, guest editor for Kiswahili, is a fiction writer whose prose has appeared in Kikwetu. He is co-founding editor of Kikwetu: A Journal of East African Literature and has published literary criticism books on East African and European fiction. He teaches creative writing at St. Paul’s University in Kenya. He earned his PhD in Mass Communication from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya. Submissions are closed.

Michelle Bailat-Jones, editor for French, is a writer and translator. Her novel Fog Island Mountains (Tantor, 2014) won the 2013 Christopher Doheny Award from the Center for Fiction. She has translated the work of C.F. Ramuz (Beauty on Earth, Onesuch Press, 2013; What if the Sun…, 2016) as well as Julia Allard Daudet, Claude Cahun, Laure Mi-Hyun Croset and others. Her short fiction, poetry, translations and criticism have appeared in various journals including The Kenyon Review, Cerise Press, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Two Serious Ladies, Spolia Mag, PANK, The Rumpus and The Quarterly Conversation. We are open to French submissions on a rolling basis. Read Bailat-Jones’ selection, “Accident” by Timba Bema, in Issue 54. Submissions are currently open!

Cecilia Llompart, guest editor for Spanish, was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Florida. Her first collection, The Wingless, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in the spring of 2014. She is the recipient of two awards from the Academy of American Poets, a fellowship from The Dickinson House, was a finalist for The Field Office agency’s 2016 Postcard Prize in poetry, as well as a finalist for the 2016 Tomaž Šalamun Prize given by Verse journal. In 2015, she founded the New Wanderers, a nomadic poetry collective, and currently divides her time between Paris and elsewhere. Read Llompart’s selection, “Encuentro Nocturno” by Rodolfo Rivas, in Issue 56. The story and its translation were included on the wigleaf long list for flash fiction published in 2017. 

Sinéad Quirke Køngerskov, guest editor for Danish, is an academic and archaeologist turned Danish to English translator, editor and tutor. Her translations include Susanne Clod Pedersen’s Viking saga, Arnulf, Lone Vitus’ The Harrowing, Kristoffer Glavind Kjær’s Bodily Intelligence and Bringing History to Life’s D-Day: The Greatest Invasion of All Time. Originally from Ireland, Quirke Køngerskov now lives in Denmark. How did she get there? It’s an old story: a Viking ship sailed from Ireland to Denmark and took back a red-haired girl. Actually, about 60 people rowed and sailed in the world’s largest reconstructed Viking ship. Roughly 1000 nautical miles in seven weeks. Read her selection, “i utide” by Lone Vitus.

Christopher Allen, editor for German, is a translator, freelance editor and writer living somewhere in Europe. His debut collection of flash fiction, Other Household Toxins, is available from Matter Press. He is also the author of Conversations with S. Teri O’Type (a Satire), an episodic adult narrative cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen’s writing has appeared in [PANK], Eclectica Magazine’s 20th-Anniversary Speculative anthology, Indiana Review, Night Train, Juked and others. Read Allen’s selection, “Aufgaben: ein Triptychon” by Rupprecht Mayer, in Issue 53 (finalist for The Best Small Fictions 2017).  Christopher Allen is the Co-editor of SmokeLong Quarterly and the curator of the Global Flash Series. Submissions are currently open!