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The SmokeLong Quarterly Mentorship

The SmokeLong Quarterly mentorship is for writers of the flash narrative as well as flash-adjacent writers looking to take the next step in their writing by establishing goals, deepening their understanding of the revision process, and learning how to be their own best editor. You can start whenever is right for you.

In this program, which usually takes between 6 and 8 weeks depending on the tempo you choose, you will…

  • be matched with an editor who will provide detailed feedback letters and guidance as you write and revise,
  • submit 3 story/CNF drafts (up to 800 words each) for detailed feedback from your editor,
  • submit 3 revisions (up to 1,000 words each) based on your mentor’s feedback and get feedback on your revision,
  • receive two months of SmokeLong Fitness, the Community Workshop of SmokeLong Quarterly. Our special summer offer includes, exceptionally, A SmokeLong Summer 24, which is SmokeLong Fitness on steroids.
  • and receive invitations to all SmokeLong online events during your mentorship.

The SmokeLong Mentorship also includes three Zoom calls:

  • An introductory call where you’ll discuss your goals, writing process, work-in-progress, themes, etc. so your editor understands where you’re coming from and what you’re working toward.
  • A mid-way call to discuss your progress and revisions so far.
  • A final call to discuss submission strategies (including information about journals and competitions your work might be a good fit for), as well as brainstorming future story ideas so you will leave the mentorship with a game plan for the future.

Throughout the program your mentor will provide personalized prompts, reading suggestions, and advice on character development, plot, and more. We tailor all our material to you and your work. We will not send you packets of canned material.

Email us at editor@smokelong.com to start a conversation. If, however, you are ready to do this simply click on the link below. For mentorships beginning near the end of May, we have discounted this service to $459 from $695.

Become a Mentee


Our Senior Editors:

Shasta Grant is the author of the chapbook Gather Us Up and Bring Us Home (Split Lip Press, 2017). She won the 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest and the 2016 SmokeLong Quarterly Kathy Fish Fellowship. She has received residencies from Hedgebrook and The Kerouac Project and was selected as a 2020 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellow. Her work has appeared in cream city review, Epiphany, Hobart, wigleaf, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and divides her time between Singapore and Indianapolis.

Sherrie Flick is the author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness and two short story collections, Whiskey, Etc. and Thank Your Lucky Stars. Her stories have been performed for Selected Shorts and appear in PloughsharesNew World Writing, and wigleaf, as well as the anthologies Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fictionand New Micro. She served as series editor for The Best Small Fictions 2018 with guest editor Aimee Bender and is co-editor for Flash Fiction America, forthcoming from Norton in 2022.

Jan Elman Stout’s fiction has appeared in Pure Slush, Literary Orphans, Jellyfish Review, Midwestern Gothic, Pidgeonholes, 100 Word Story and elsewhere. Her flash was nominated for The Best Small Fictions anthology in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Jan’s flash appears in The Best Microfiction 2020 anthology. Jan is currently working on a story collection. She can be reached on Twitter @janelmanstout.

Helen Rye lives in Norwich, UK. She has won the Bath Flash Fiction Award, the Reflex Fiction contest and third place in the Bristol Short Story Prize. Her stories appear in The Best Small Fictions 2020 and have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, nominated for The Pushcart Prize and published in many journals and anthologies. She has an MA in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia, where she was the 2019/20 Annabel Abbs Scholar.


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High Intensity Interval Training for Flash Writers with Ingrid Jendrzejewski

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Bring a pen, lots of paper, and your water bottle: this is a high-intensity guided-writing work-out designed to kickstart creativity, and push you into new territory, and exercise flash muscles you didn’t even know you had.

Maybe you’re stuck in a story and looking for a way to proceed.  Maybe you’re looking to generate new ideas.  Maybe your inner editor is holding you back.  Maybe you’re in a rut or have writers’ block or are just wanting to shake things up a bit.  This session is designed to tackle all these issues and help you level up your flash fitness.  Writers of all backgrounds and experience levels warmly welcome; come along, roll up your sleeves, and trust the process.