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Readers in Residence — Issue 77

May 20, 2022

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 Melissa Llanes Brownlee, Corey Farrenkopf, Adeola Opeyemi, Julia Strayer, and Nathan Xie to be Readers in Residence at SmokeLong! Paired with our staff editors, they will be reading submissions for Issue 77.

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Melissa Llanes Brownlee (she/her), a native Hawaiian writer, living in Japan, has work published or forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly, BoothPleiadesThe Citron ReviewMilk Candy Review(mac)ro(mic)Necessary FictionNFFRtrampsetSuperstition ReviewjmwwEmerge Literary JournalNewfoundReckon ReviewThe Hennepin ReviewLost BalloonThe Best Small Fictions 2021, and Best Microfiction 2022. Read Hard Skin, her short story collection, coming soon from Juventud Press. She tweets @lumchanmfa and talks story at www.melissallanesbrownlee.com.

Corey Farrenkopf lives on Cape Cod with his wife, Gabrielle, and works as a librarian. He is the fiction editor for The Cape Cod Poetry Review. His work has been published in The Southwest ReviewCatapultTiny NightmaresSmokeLong QuarterlyWigleafThree-Lobed Burning EyeReckoningFlash Fiction OnlineBourbon Penn, and elsewhere. To learn more, follow him on twitter @CoreyFarrenkopf.

Adeola Opeyemi is a writer and developmental editor. She was a finalist for the 2015 Writivism Short Story Prize, 2016/2019 Morland Foundation Scholarship, and a fellow of the Ebedi Writers’ Residency. A 2020 Miles Morland African Writer Scholar at the University of East Anglia, Adeola has been published in online and print journals. She has served as editor on several lit mags, including Sankofa magazine, Afridiaspora and Yaba Left Review. She is the editor/co-editor of My Africa, My City (an anthology of writings about African cities) and Obibini Te Ase: an anthology of new writing from Ghana.

Julia Strayer has stories in, or forthcoming at, The Cincinnati ReviewGlimmer Train, Kenyon Review Online, SmokeLong Quarterly, Atticus Review, and others, including The Best Small Fictions. She teaches at New York University. www.juliastrayer.com

Nathan Xie is a writer from Connecticut. His work appears or is forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly, The Margins (AAWW), Gone Lawn, Janus Literary, and more. His website is nathan-xie.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.