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Readers in Residence — Issue 74

September 11, 2021

Each quarter SmokeLong asks several writers from the flash community and beyond to join our team to read submissions alongside our submissions editors. We do this to ensure that SmokeLong remains inclusive and expansive in our editorial tastes. This quarter we are thrilled and grateful to invite Emma Kernahan, Sarah M Jasat, Clarie Gor, Grace Q. Song, and Joshua Jones Lofflin to be Readers in Residence at SmokeLong! Paired with our staff editors, they will be reading submissions for issue 74.

Emma Kernahan lives in Gloucestershire, UK. Her work has featured in Ellipsis Zine, New Flash Fiction Review, The Occulum, Writers’ HQ, Stroud Short Stories, The F Word, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and the BIFFY50. She won the 2018 Gloucestershire Writers Network Prose Prize, the Funny Pearls Short Story Prize 2019 and has been shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award.  She spends far too much time on Twitter @crappyliving

Sarah M Jasat grew up believing her family was very strange but later discovered she was Indian. She lives in Leicester, UK, and writes short fiction about the strangeness of family. She dreams about writing a novel for older children if only she could get her own child to go to sleep.

Clarie Gor is a Kenyan creative writer and journalist. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Equipoise, the 2020 anthology of the Nairobi Writing Academy, Catapult, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Audacity, Kalahari Review and others. Her flash creative nonfiction essay, ‘This Song My God, I Have Wept!’ won the February 2019 Igby Prize for nonfiction. All her work is archived on https://clariesramblings.com.

Grace Q. Song is a Chinese-American writer residing in New York. Her poetry and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Passages North, PANK, Waxwing, The Offing, The Journal, The Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. Recent works have been selected for inclusion in Best Microfiction, Best Small Fictions, and Best of the Net. She will be attending Columbia University in Fall 2021.

Joshua Jones Lofflin’s writing has appeared in The Best Microfictions 2020, The Best Small Fictions 2019The Cincinnati Review, CRAFT, Paper DartsSmokeLong QuarterlySplit Lip Magazine, and elsewhere. He lives in Maryland. Find him on Twitter @jnjoneswriter or visit his website: https://jjlofflin.com/


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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.