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The SmokeLong Flash Fiction Workshop — Online

January 5, 2020

We are excited to announce that SmokeLong is offering a seven-week workshop in flash fiction beginning February 3 and led by Shasta Grant, Christopher Allen, and Meghan Phillips.


Length of Workshop: 7 weeks in three modules, beginning February 3, 2020

Module One (weeks 1-2): Drafting compelling openings to draw your reader in — with Shasta Grant

Module Two (weeks 3-4): Focusing on rhythm, pacing, and cadence to find the urgency and energy of flash — with Christopher Allen

Module Three (weeks 5-6): Crafting Endings that will stick with your reader — with Meghan Phillips

Week Seven: Editing and final comments

Cost: $240 (payable via Paypal to editors@smokelong.com, limited to 10 participants)

This workshop is sold out. The next workshop will take place in the summer 2020!



Shasta Grant is the author of Gather US Up and Bring Us Home (Split Lip Press, 2017). She won the 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest and was the 2016 SmokeLong Quarterly Kathy Fish Fellow. Her work has appeared in cream city review, Epiphany, Hobart, MonkeyBicycle, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has been awarded residencies from Hedgebrook and The Kerouac Project. She is the Coordinating Editor at SmokeLong Quarterly.


Christopher Allen is the author of the flash fiction collection Other Household Toxins (Matter Press, 2018). His work has appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2019, Booth, Indiana Review, Split Lip Magazine, and more. He has judged the Bath Flash Fiction Award, the TSS Flash 400 Award, and others. Allen is the editor-in-chief of SmokeLong Quarterly.


Meghan Phillips is the author of the forthcoming flash fiction chapbook Abstinence Only (Barrelhouse). Her short fiction has appeared in Barrelhouse, Hobart, Passages North, and wigleaf, and has been anthologized in Best Microfiction 2019 and The Best Small Fictions 2019. You can find more of her writing at meghan-phillips.com and her tweets @mcarphil.


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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.