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Readers in Residence — Issue 70

September 16, 2020

Beginning with Issue 69, SmokeLong has invited four writers from around the world to join the SmokeLong staff for each quarterly reading period. These experienced writers will work alongside our staff submissions editors to choose stories for the second round of reading. SmokeLong endeavors, as always, to involve the international writing community, flash and beyond, to ensure that our editorial process remains eclectic, diverse, and inclusive.

Our Readers in Residence for Issue 70 are…

Zainab A. Omaki is a Nigerian prose and screen writer. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia where she was the recipient of the Miles Morland African Writer’s scholarship. Her work has appeared from The Rumpus, Afreada, TSS, Ake Review and other spaces. She was selected by Chimamanda Adiche for the Purple Hibiscus Trust writing workshop in 2018. She was longlisted for the Show Me Yours Prize and the BBC Comedy Writersroom. She is working on a novel.

Originally from Manchester, Tim Craig now lives in London. In 2018 he won the Bridport Prize for Flash Fiction and has also placed third — and been commended — in the Bath Flash Fiction Award. His stories have also appeared in the Best Microfiction Anthology and the BIFFY50.

Jemimah Wei is a writer and host based in Singapore and New York. She’s a Singapore National Arts Council Scholar and was recently named a 2020 Felipe De Alba Fellow at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, X-R-A-Y Literary magazine, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, and Math Paper Press anthology “From the Belly of the Cat”, amongst others. She is a columnist for No Contact magazine, and is presently at work on a novel and several television projects. Follow her on Twitter at @jemmawei.

Alicia Bakewell is a short fiction writer locked down in Western Australia. Her work has been published in Ellipsis Zine, Fictive Dream, Spelk Fiction, Moon Park Review and others. Her story ‘Barely Casting a Shadow’ was the inaugural winner of the Reflex Fiction competition, and her 2018 piece ‘Ballet Girls’ was nominated for a Pushcart prize. She is trying to give up writing poetry.


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