The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction

Submissions are open!

Have you been drafting some killer flash? First place in SmokeLong Quarterly‘s flash fiction competition will earn you $2000! But even if you don’t win first place, you might just earn some money as one of our finalists. In our biennial contest issue, everyone gets paid!

For 15 weeks leading up to the publication of the contest issue, we accept only submissions for the SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction (the Smokey, if you will).


The grand prize winner will receive $2000, automatic nomination for The Best Small Fictions, the Pushcart Prize, and Best of the Net, as well as publication in our 17th-anniversary contest issue in June. A second prize of at least $200 and a third prize of at least $100 plus publication will be awarded. All the finalists will also be published in our June contest issue and will receive at least $50. In addition, we will publish a long list of deserving stories.

New This Year:

Flash written in non-Anglo languages accompanied by an English translation will also be considered as long as the story in the original language is written by a native speaker of that language and as long as all other guidelines below have been met. The story will necessarily by judged on the English translation. Any monetary award earned will be split evenly between the writer and the translator. If the author and the translator are the same person, the original story must be in the non-Anglo language. The story and its translation must be entered together in one document either by the author or the translator (if entered by the translator, the translator must have the author’s permission). We hope this added feature of the competition will encourage translators and writers to work together to open flash fiction up to a world of flash writers.

Entry fees:

Feb 10 — April 26            $13.50 — up to two stories

April 27 — May 24           $15.50 — up to two stories


Entries will be read blind by members of the SmokeLong Quarterly staff.

Stories chosen for the long list will be notified on a rolling basis throughout the contest period. The long list will be announced one week after the competition closes on May 24. Finalists will be notified by June 10. The winner of the competition and at least 11 finalists will be announced on June 22, when all of the contest stories will be published in SmokeLong Quarterly’s 17th-anniversary Issue.


Stories must be original works and not have been previously published anywhere online or in print, including personal blogs.

Word count: Under 1000 words, excluding the title, per story. If you are submitting two stories, they must be submitted in the same document. If you are submitting 2 non-Anglo stories with their English translations, all texts must be submitted together in one document.

Anyone over 18 is eligible to enter, excluding current or former SLQ staff and their families. Former guest editors, interviewers, reviewers, and guest bloggers are welcome to enter.

All identifying information must be removed from the story and file name. The writer’s bio must appear ONLY in the cover letter, which is blind to the judges. If the author’s name appears anywhere in the story document, including the file name, the story will be disqualified and the submission fee will not be refunded.

You may submit as many times as you’d like during the contest period. All entries must be accompanied by the corresponding fee.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we ask that you withdraw the entry immediately if the story is accepted elsewhere. If the entry is one of two stories submitted in the same document, withdraw the individual story by adding a note to the entry in Submittable. The submission fee will not be refunded.