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The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction — The Shortlist

May 10, 2024

Competitions are a constant back and forth of delight and disappointment. None of us takes this lightly. I appreciate so much the care each of our judges has given to the 1134 entries this year. Your comments have been gold, and I’m sure you agree with me that reading for a journal (and a competition) is a masterclass in itself. It’s an enriching experience that I’m grateful for every day.

To those of you whose titles remain in this competition, congratulations. We are still discussing your work because art is subjective, we all have varying tastes, and we all have our own opinions about what works and what doesn’t in flash. The standard of this year’s entries has been sky-high. If your work made it to the long list, please know that we found something we loved in it. We wish you lots of success with your writing.

If you see your title on this list below, please feel free to celebrate on social media as long as you refrain from identifying your title. Anonymous judging is ongoing, and we insist on anonymous judging. If any of our editors suspect they might know the writer or might have seen the work in a workshop, they must recuse themselves from the judging process. This is also one reason SmokeLong Fitness is a peer-review workshop: so that our workshop participants are able to enter our competitions without a conflict of interest.

The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction Shortlist

American Monster
And at Christmas I’ll Visit the Nursing Home, Pretend An Elderly Couple Are My Grandparents
At Nite
Beauty Queen in the Hive
Bird Watching
Grocery Store Mama
Hair on My Chest
He Loves Me Not
Illusion Museum
In My Daydreams, I Taste Pistachios
Octopus Heart
Older Girls
Sarah draws little moustaches
Sick Day
Strong Female Character Goes by Her Last Name Only
The Art of Making Perfect Rice and Other Secrets of Home Cooks
The human spirit is not mathematical
The Maze
The 7-11 That Exists in Every Reality
The Touch Forecast
The Yellow Greenhouse


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