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The SmokeLong Editors take over the queue!

Interview by Christopher Allen February 10, 2020

From February 10 to May 24, the SmokeLong editors will be reading the queue to find at least 12 astounding stories for our 17th-anniversary issue in June. General submissions will re-open on May 25.

What kind of stories will we be looking for?

For the SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction (affectionately The Smokey) we’re looking for powerful, layered narratives–from heart-stopping micros to 1ooo-worders that feel tight and urgent. We want to see that story only you can tell.

A bit about the judging process and the prizes?

We will be responding to entries along the way, so you will not have to wait until the end of May to know if your story has made it to the long list. The grand prize this year is $2000, but everyone in the issue will be compensated.

We hope you’ve been polishing your entries for months (or years?), but even if you’ve only just this moment found the competition, you have until May 24 to send us something you love–so get writing!

Where do I get more information?

Go HERE for guidelines and more information, or click on the link below to enter.


About the Interviewer

Christopher Allen is the author of the flash fiction collection Other Household Toxins (Matter Press, 2018). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Flash Fiction America (Norton, 2023), in The Best Small Fictions 2019, Booth, PANK, and Indiana Review, among other very nice places. A regular workshop leader for the UK flash fiction festival, Allen has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of SmokeLong Quarterly since January 2020. He and his husband are nomads.


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SmokeLong Fitness--The Community Workshop

Beginning September 1, 2022! Register Now!

Starting September 1, SmokeLong will launch a workshop environment/community christened SmokeLong Fitness. This asynchronous community workshop will happen on our dedicated workshop site. You will work in small groups of around 10 participants to give and receive feedback. Each Monday, you will receive a new writing task (one writing task each week) designed by the senior editor team of SmokeLong. The core workshop is asynchronous, so you can take part from anywhere at anytime. We are excited about creating a supportive, consistent and structured environment for flash writers to work on their craft.