So here you are, watching your favorite show on PBS and suddenly they interrupt it. An earnest-looking person, standing in front of several rows of folks answering phones, proceeds to tell you why you should donate money to the station to keep your favorite programming alive.
I’m that earnest person, standing between you and the newest issue of SmokeLong Quarterly. I won’t take up too much of your time, but I will ask, if you’ll excuse me, to please consider donating to our Kickstarter campaign to redesign this very site you’re hanging out in right now. SLQ started publishing in 2003, and it’s time for a fresh new look and a more secure and stable content managing system. We want to continue bringing you the best in flash fiction, but we need help to do that. From now until October 12, you can donate as little as $1 to help us out. Check out our campaign for more information on the redesign as well as all the nifty backer rewards you can snag for your gift to us—including, ahem, a starring role in an original piece of flash fiction, a copy of our anthology, baked goods, or a pen pal for six months!
Thank you for all you do.
Now, on to the show you’ve all been waiting for. Issue 45 is awesomesauce. There was so much goodness in our submission system this time around that we have 20 new stories for you—from the novel-in-flash by E.S. Bumas to Margot Taylor’s fleeting moment story that reminds long-married couple why they fell in love. We’ve got “Any Other Name” by Nick Sansone, the winner of our Brattleboro Literary Festival flash contest (and you can see Nick reading that story in person at the festival, October 4, if you are in or near Vermont). Plus many other stories on photographs, pain, near-death experiences, Iceland, and fear.
I want to thank our long-time senior editor Nancy Stebbins for all the work that she’s done with SmokeLong over the years. Nancy is stepping down from her position to take on some wonderful new life adventures, and we will miss her dearly. Nancy’s work with our guest editors will be taken up by Megan Giddings as executive editor. And please join me in welcoming our new managing editor, Christopher Allen! Check out our masthead here.
Thank you once again for supporting SmokeLong!
Editor, SmokeLong Quarterly
September 22, 2014