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SmokeLong Quarterly has been dedicated to publishing the best flash narratives since 2003.


Issue Eighty-Four — The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction

June 2024

From the Editor

I have so much to tell you. I spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about why a journal hosts a competition at all–or conversely why everything isn’t a competition. I might never decide how I feel. The conversation, though, is an important one to have. I’d love to do an AWP panel on competitions:… Continue reading New Front (continue reading)

Smokelong Quarterly Issue Eighty-Four — The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction

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Elements of Flash with Christopher Allen — August 3!

Are you flash-curious? The flash narrative is much, much more than a shorter short story. We read almost 12,000 submissions each year at SmokeLong, searching for the rare flash narrative. Join Christopher Allen for a 90-minute webinar/workshop that will help you make the flash narrative your own. If you are participating in SmokeLong Fitness, this… Continue reading Elements of Flash with Christopher Allen — August 3!


Issue Thirteen

Featuring stories by: Roberta AllenChristopher BattleMatt BellLisa K. BuchananJai ClareRon Currie, Jr.Steve CushmanDavid ErlewineKathy FishMike HagemannJennifer A. HowardJeff LandonSteven J. McDermottSrdan PapicEllen ParkerMary Lynn ReedChad SimpsonClaudia SmithGirija TroppJoseph Young

Shayla Frandsen

Shayla Frandsen earned her MFA in fiction in Utah. She previously earned an MA in English in New York City. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming in New England Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Under the SunBlood Orange ReviewLiterary Mama, Exposition Review, and others. In 2023 she was nominated for Best of the Net and Best Small Fictions. She was awarded first place in both the 2023 Plentitudes Prize in Fiction and the Blue Earth Review Dog Daze Flash Fiction contest. She is probably somewhere reading on her Kindle or buying a pair of shoes which she does not need.

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