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FAQs about the SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction

February 24, 2020

Submissions are live for The Smokey, so we’re already anticipating that some folks might have a few questions. Here is a handy guide:

Why are you doing this?

Because we’re 17 now and we do what we want, regardless of what our parents tell us. And in celebration of those 17 years, we are holding a flash fiction contest.

When will submissions close?

May 24, 2020. This is a hard deadline. It will not be extended. The last day to submit at the reduced rate is April 26.

Will I be able to submit to the general submission queue?

Not during the contest period. We are temporarily closing our general submission category during the contest so you don’t have to make a choice—and so we don’t get confused. Don’t worry, though—if you don’t want to pay the contest submission fees, we get it, and we’ll happily take your story submission starting again on May 25. We’ll also be offering free- and reduced-priced entry to the contest a day or two, here and there, but you need to follow us on Twitter @smokelong to find out when!

Will I have to wait until the end of May to know if my story has been accepted? I entered the competition a week ago and have already received a rejection. Why?

During the competition submission period (Feb. 10 – May 24), we will be rejecting and accepting submissions as we normally do with a response time of 14 days or sooner. If we are taking longer than 14 days, maybe even more than a month or two, be very glad! This means your work has made it through a few hoops already and is still being considered for the competition issue. Due to messaging constraints on Submittable, we are unable to communicate with entrants directly until a final decision has been made. Messaging shows us your identity. To maintain the integrity of the competition, we have to make you wait. It’s killing us too.

My story has been accepted. When will I know if I’ve won?

Congratulations! If your story is accepted during the contest period, that means you’re automatically a finalist in the running for the grand prize of $2000. It also means that you’ll be published in our contest issue, quarterly #68, in June 2020. You need to keep this to yourself just a while longer. We will choose a winner from all our finalists and announce that winner publicly when the quarterly issue is published on June 22. Expect to hear whether you’ve won or not a few days before the publication of the issue.

I submitted once, but now I’ve written another awesome story. Can I submit again?

Yes. You may submit as many times as you’d like throughout the duration of the contest period, and include up to 2 stories in each submission packet. The appropriate fee must accompany each entry.

I was a guest editor for SmokeLong before. Am I eligible for the contest?

Absolutely! We welcome former guest editors and former contributors to apply, as well as newbies to SLQ. Former SLQ staff/editors and their families are not eligible.

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The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction

Deadline November 15!

The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction (The Smokey) is a biennial competition that celebrates and compensates excellence in flash. The grand prize winner of The Smokey is automatically nominated for The Best Small Fictions, The Pushcart, Best of the Net, and any other prize we deem appropriate. In addition to all this love, we will also pay the grand prize winner $2500. Second place: $1000. Third place $500. Finalists: $100. All finalists and placers will be published in the special competition issue in December 2022.