Kathy Fish Fellowship
SmokeLong Quarterly hosts a writer-in-residence annually when funds permit. The Kathy Fish Fellowship for new and emerging writers offers publication and a $500 award. The program honors Kathy Fish, a former editor here at SmokeLong, a fantastic writer and a continuing champion of new and emerging writers.
The fellow publishes four stories with SmokeLong, one in each quarterly issue during their year-long appointment. Fellows also have the opportunity to work with SmokeLong staff and participate in online writing workshops.
All writers previously unpublished in SmokeLong Quarterly and who do not have a published chapbook or book length work in any genre (or are not under contract for such) are eligible to apply. Applications usually open in late summer. Check back here for more information on the 2019 fellowship in late summer.
2018 Kathy Fish Fellow
Tochukwu 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