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SmokeLong Quarterly’s 2017 Pushcart Prize Nominees: Final Round

December 13, 2016

SmokeLong Quarterly is excited to nominate six fantastic stories for the 2017 Pushcart Prize!

Today we are happy to announce that we have nominated Justin Lawrence Daugherty “The Dead Are Not Hungry” and “Independence Day” by Marysa LaRowe!

 

13731714_10101300238399253_1639912655228899218_nThe Dead Are Not Hungry

Zombies. Yes, this is a zombie story. A stunning and moving one. While “The Dead Are Not Hungry” is yet another sign-of-the-times story about a world spinning out of control, it’s also a very personal story about a father’s feeling of helplessness. And Justin Lawrence Daugherty aces the ending. It will leave you breathless. – Christopher Allen, Managing Editor

Read “The Dead Are Not Hungry

Smoke and Mirrors: An Interview with Justin Lawrence Daugherty

 

img_5365Independence Day

Marysa LaRowe’s “Independence Day” builds layer upon layer toward a shocking ending—a deluge that carries the reader away just as flash fiction should.   – Christopher Allen

Read “Independence Day

 

Congratulations to all of our 2017 Pushcart Prize Nominees!

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The SmokeLong 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.