SmokeLong Quarterly has always had a history of supporting emerging writers. Dave Clapper started the fellowship, honoring a person who has always been an important voice, teacher, and champion in the community: Kathy Fish. No matter what we call the fellowship, we will always honor Kathy and her contribution to flash. We now call the fellowship The SmokeLong Quarterly Fellowship for Emerging Writers. Instead of supporting one writer every two years, we now support up to eight writers every year by offering free feedback, free participation in SmokeLong workshops, and the opportunity to work with the journal as a reader for six months. For the period July-December 2023 we are thrilled to welcome Elissa Field, Sharon Lin, Jenny Stalter, and Dawn Tasaka Steffler to the SmokeLong team.
Elissa Field‘s fiction has appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, Ghost Parachute, Reckon Review, Conjunctions, and Adelaide. Her creative nonfiction, craft essays, and journalism have run in Hypertext, Writer Unboxed, Sun Sentinel, and elsewhere. She has been a finalist in the SmokeLong Summer Fiction Contest, Heekin Foundation for novel in progress, and James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and been awarded fellowships by SmokeLong Quarterly and Story Studio Chicago. She and her sons live in an historic house under an ancient mango tree. She teaches at a school for the arts and is working on a novel and collection of stories. Twitter @elissafield
Sharon Lin grew up in New York City. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The New York Review of Books, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Sine Theta, Wildness, The Offing, and elsewhere and is anthologized in Best New Poets 2021 and Voices of the East Coast (Penmanship Books).
Jenny Stalter is a writer and former private chef. Her fiction is online, in print, or forthcoming in Longleaf Review, Moon City Review, Typehouse Literary Magazine, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, and other wonderful publications. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Microfiction, and Best American Short Stories. Twitter @JennyStalter
Dawn Tasaka Steffler is a fiction writer from Hawaii who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and animals. She completed Stanford Continuing Studies’ Novel Writing Program and has studied with Rebecca Makkai at StoryStudio Chicago, where she was the recipient of the Doro Boehme scholarship. She writes flash fiction and is working on a novel. Her flash appears in Heimat Review, SoFloPoJo, Many Nice Donkeys, and Milk Candy Review; forthcoming in Flash Frog, Pithead Chapel, MicroLit Almanac, and Alternative Milk Magazine. Twitter @DawnSteffler