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The SmokeLong Award for Flash Fiction — The Results

June 22, 2020

We are so thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020 SmokeLong Award for Flash Fiction. Each of these stories is a winner and so good in its own way that deciding on one “winner” seemed a ridiculous task. We have been discussing these stories for weeks, some for months. What they all have in common is solid craft at the sentence level, a sense of purpose, and heart. Congratulations to all the talented writers on this list. We are so grateful you sent your work to SmokeLong, and we are proud to share your work with the world. Our results are as follows:

Grand Prize

To Pieces by Abby Feden

Second Place

All Your Fragile History by Jasmine Sawers

Third Place

*69 by Leonora Desar

Finalists

Cupola by Jiksun Cheung
Four Lies by Ashley Wilson Fellers
How to Build a Bunker by L.M. Brown
Search Party by Rebecca Turkewitz
This is How You Give a Baby CPR by Kyra Baldwin
Waiting by Jemimah Wei
What is Ours by Meg Walters
Why I think of you every time I bruise by Madeline Anthes
Zero by Emily James

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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.