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The SmokeLong Grand Micro Contest — The Finalists!

June 13, 2021

What a challenge the last few months have been. We read more than 1700 micros to come up with our lists–long and short–of amazing, yet tiny narratives. Once again, thank you to everyone who entered, and thank you to the 13 editors from seven countries who judged the competition.

We have finally chosen 12 micros to feature in our June issue coming out on June 21. We had originally decided to publish 10, but that just wasn’t going to happen.

Our 12 finalists are…

Undergrowth by Melissa Bowers

Too Long Under Water by Emily Devane

Juice by Leanne Dunic

Don’t Be Alarmed by Gabriel Houck

Extended Stay by Ra’Niqua Lee

Agnes in the Exam Room by Ruth LeFaive

Finger by Maria Poulatha

Theories About Your Housebound Neighbor by Jasmine Sawers

Unlimited Options by Jason Sprinkle

The Mothers of Brilliant Sons by Jan Stinchcomb

Two Towels Drying by Natalie Warther

Storms and Waves by Jennifer Wortman


We’ll be notifying the winners of the competition very soon, but all of these micros are winners. They will all receive an award of at least $100.

Congratulations from the SmokeLong team!


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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.