The SmokeLong Flash Fellowship for Emerging Writers
The winner of the fellowship publishes four stories with SmokeLong, one in each quarterly issue during their year-long (virtual) appointment. Fellows also have the opportunity to work with SmokeLong staff and participate in online writing workshops.
Writers 18 years or older who do not have a published chapbook or book length work in any genre (or are not under contract for such) are eligible to apply. NEW: Writers previously published by SmokeLong Quarterly are eligible for this fellowship! Applications will open in late summer for the following year’s fellowship. (Fellowships are conducted on even years–so the next fellowship will open for applications in summer 2019 for the 2020 fellowship.)
Check back here for more information on the 2020 fellowship in summer 2019.
2018 Kathy Fish Fellow
Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor is a Nigerian writer whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Litro Magazine, and is forthcoming in Harvard University’s Transition Magazine. His No Tokens story, “Some Days,” has been nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. He has been nominated twice for the Short Story Day Africa Prize for Short Fiction, with his stories, “Leaving,” appearing in Short Story Day Africa’s anthology, Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa, and “All Our Lives” forthcoming in the anthology, ID: New Short Fiction from Africa. His Warscapes story, “Colour Lessons,” featured in Columbia Journal, The Cantabrigian, and Volume 1 Brooklyn, has been shortlisted for the Problem House Press Short Story Prize (2016) and nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize. His Open Road Review story, “Spirit,” featured in Juked, has been shortlisted for the 2016 Southern Pacific Review Short Story Prize. In 2014 he was awarded the Comptroller Charles Edike Prize for Outstanding Essays. He is an alumnus of the 2015 Association of Nigerian Authors Creative Writing Workshop and the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Writing Workshop, and a two-time recipient of the Festus Iyayi Award for Excellence for Prose and Playwriting (2015/2016).
Previous Kathy Fish Fellows
2017: Allison Pinkerton
2016: Shasta Grant
2009: Tara Laskowski
2008: Stefanie Freele
2007: Beth Thomas