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A SmokeLong Summer — Events Calendar

We are thrilled to announce our events schedule for A SmokeLong Summer! Please note that these events happen at various times to accommodate participants around the world. Many of these events will be recorded for A SmokeLong Summer participants who are not able to attend live. Some of these events will be available for purchase starting in May for people not attending A SmokeLong Summer.

For more information about A SmokeLong Summer, go HERE.

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June 4 — 2pm EST (US east coast) / 7pm London — SmokeLong Editors Around the World Panel Discussion

Learn what SmokeLong editors are looking for in the SmokeLong queue. An ensemble of our editors from the US and the UK will be reading and discussing great examples of flash. A Q&A will follow.

June 12 — 1pm (Berlin) / 9pm Sydney, Australia — May-Lan Tan Reading

May-Lan Tan is the author of the short story collection Things to Make and Break and the chapbook Girly. She is a recipient of the 2021 Berlin Senate grant for non-German literature. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, the Atlas Review, the Reader, and Areté.

Giveaway: Two signed copies of Things to Make and Break

June 25 — 2pm EST (US east coast) / 7pm London — A SmokeLong Summer Open Mic Party

A time for A SmokeLong Summer participants to mingle in the Zoom breakout rooms between open-mic readings. Nine readers will be drawn from a hat.

July 2 — 2pm EST (US east coast) / 7pm London — Steve Almond Reading

Steve Almond is the author of twelve books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. You can check those out here.

Giveaway: Two copies of Steve Almond’s All the Secrets of the World

July 16 — 11am (London) / 8pm Sydney, Australia — A SmokeLong Summer Open Mic Party

A time for A SmokeLong Summer participants to mingle in the Zoom breakout rooms between open-mic readings. Nine readers will be drawn from a hat.

July 17 — 2pm EST (US east coast) / 7pm London — Deesha Philyaw Reading

Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and a 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction; the collection was also a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church, and is being adapted for television by HBO Max with Tessa Thompson executive producing. Deesha is also the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband. Her work has been listed as Notable in the Best American Essays series, and her writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Brevity, dead housekeeping, Apogee Journal, Catapult, Harvard Review, ESPN’s The Undefeated, The Baltimore Review, TueNight, Ebony and Bitch magazines, and various anthologies. Deesha is also a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and will be the 2022-2023 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Giveaway: Two signed copies of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

July 30 — 2pm EST (US east coast / 7pm London — SmokeLong Legacy Panel Discussion

Dave Clapper, Kathy Fish, Randall Brown, Tara Laskowski, and Christopher Allen discuss SmokeLong’s 20 years: where we came from and where we’re going.

Aug 6 — 1pm EST (US east coast) 6pm London — Kathy Fish Reading

Kathy Fish’s stories have been widely published in journals, anthologies, and textbooks. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Copper NickelBest American Nonrequired Reading, Washington Square Review, the Norton Reader, and Norton’s Flash Fiction America (2023). Honors include the Copper Nickel Editor’s Prize and a Ragdale Foundation Fellowship. The author of five short fiction collections, Fish teaches a variety of creative writing workshops online. She also publishes a popular monthly craft newsletter. Subscribe here: The Art of Flash Fiction.

Giveaway: Two signed copies of one of Kathy’s collections

Aug 13 — 2pm EST (US east coast) / 7pm London — A SmokeLong Summer Open Mic Party

A time for A SmokeLong Summer participants to mingle in the Zoom breakout rooms between open-mic readings. Nine readers will be drawn from a hat.

Aug 14 — 10am London / 7pm Sydney, Australia — SmokeLong Editors Around the World Panel Discussion

Learn what SmokeLong editors are looking for in the SmokeLong queue. An ensemble of our editors from the US and the UK will be reading and discussing great examples of flash. A Q&A will follow.

Aug 28 — 2pm EST (US east coast) / 7pm London — A SmokeLong Summer Open Mic Party and Farewell

A time for A SmokeLong Summer participants to mingle in the Zoom breakout rooms between open-mic readings. Nine readers will be drawn from a hat. Winners of the competitions announced.

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A SmokeLong Summer

May 30-Aug 28!


From May 30 to August 28 2022, SmokeLong is going to host a superworkshop. We want to spend the summer with you, the flash community. Our workshops take place on a devoted website where you can create a profile, interact with the flash community, and take part in group discussions on craft, but A SmokeLong Summer will be much more.