SmokeLong publishes flash fiction up to 1000 words. We do not consider poetry or non-fiction.

Include a print-ready, third-person bio with your cover letter.

Please include no identifying information on your story’s document.

Please send ONE previously unpublished story at a time and wait until you hear our decision before sending another.

Please allow us up to six weeks to inform you if we have accepted your work for publication. You will usually hear from us much sooner.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please inform us immediately if your work has been accepted somewhere else for publication.

No monetary payment, but we have undying devotion to all the writers we publish.


The first SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction will open for submissions February 5-May 20, 2018. The contest will celebrate SmokeLong Quarterly's 15th year of publishing. Please note our general submission queue is closed during the duration of the contest, although we are still accepting essays for the blog, Fridge Flash submissions by children, and Global Flash stories. Please submit to those in the appropriate categories.

The winner will receive $1500, automatic nomination for The Best Small Fictions series, the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and other awards, publication in our 15th-anniversary Issue in June, and our undying love and devotion. At least 14 runners-up will also be published in the June 2018 contest issue–and each of the finalists will receive $15.


Entry fees:

February 5 – April 29                      $10, up to 2 stories

April 30 – May 20                            $13, up to 2 stories

Money tight? Watch SmokeLong social media accounts for special days when entry will be free!



Entries will be read blind by members of the SmokeLong Quarterly staff.

Finalists will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the contest period. A long list will be announced one week after the competition closes on May 20. The winner of the competition and at least 14 finalists will be announced on June 18, when all of the contest stories will be published in SmokeLong Quarterly’s 15th-anniversary Issue.



Stories must be original works and not have been previously published anywhere online or in print, including personal blogs.

Word count: Under 1000 words, excluding the title, per story. If you are submitting two stories, they must be submitted in the same document.

Anyone over 18 is eligible to enter, excluding SLQ staff and their families as well as former SLQ editors.  Former guest editors are welcome to enter.

All identifying information must be removed from the story and file name. The writer’s bio must appear ONLY in the cover letter, which is blind to the judges. If the author’s name appears anywhere in the story document, including the file name, the story will be disqualified and the submission fee will not be refunded.

You may submit as many times as you’d like during the contest period. All entries must be accompanied by the corresponding fee.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we ask that you withdraw the entry immediately if the story is accepted elsewhere. If the entry is one of two stories submitted in the same document, withdraw the individual story by adding a note to the entry in Submittable. The submission fee will not be refunded.

Please note that payment will be through PayPal, and fees may apply.

Il faut savoir :
SmokeLong publie des micronouvelles allant jusqu’à 1000 mots. Pour le projet du Global Flash les textes sont limités à 600 mots. Nous n’acceptons ni la poésie ni la non-fiction.

SVP envoyez UNE micronouvelle inédite et attendez notre réponse avant de nous envoyer la prochaine.

Avec votre lettre d’accompagnement, incluez une brève biographie (rédigée à la 3ème personne et prête à être publier).

Quand nous avons des rédacteurs invitées, ils évaluent les textes à l’aveugle. Alors veuillez donc ne pas inclure votre nom ni d’autres informations vous identifiants dans le texte lui-même.  

Nous ne sommes pas en mesure de rémunérer les auteurs, mais nous sommes éternellement dévoués à tous les écrivains que nous publions.

Droits d’auteur en ligne: Si nous publions votre nouvelle, nous exigeons des droits exclusifs électroniques pendant 3 mois et des droits non-exclusifs pour une durée illimitée pour que nous puissions inclure le texte dans nos archives en ligne.

Droits d’auteur relatif au format imprimé: Nous exigeons des doits non-exclusifs relatifs au format imprimé pour d’éventuels anthologies ou du matériel promotionnel. Tous les autres droits restent à l’auteur.

SmokeLong Quarterly veröffentlicht Kurzgeschichten bis zu 1000 Wörter. Für den Global Flash Feature haben wir dies auf 600 Wörter beschränkt. Bitte senden Sie uns EINE noch nicht veröffentlichte Geschichte und warten Sie auf unsere Rückmeldung.

Eine kurze Beschreibung über sich selbst könnten Sie zum Deckbrief beifügen, bitte aber KEINE persönliche Informationen im Story Dokument einfügen, da die Auswahl der Geschichte vom Gastleser anonym erfolgt.

Elektronische Rechte:
Falls wir Ihre Arbeit veröffentlichen, fordern wir exklusive elektronische Rechte für drei Monate und weiterhin das unbefristete nicht-exklusive Recht die Geschichte in unseres Archiv aufzunehmen.

Wir fordern nicht-exklusive Rechte für potentielle jährliche Sammlungen und Werbematerial. Alle weitere Rechte bleiben Ihnen vorbehalten.  
This category is for flash fiction and art for children under the age of 12. A parent or guardian must submit the child's work with permission for us to publish it.

  • Stories, art or a combination of such must have been conceived of and written by someone under the age of 12. However, we ask that an adult over the age of 18 please submit this work to us with permission to publish it online.
  • Whenever possible, we would like to see a photograph of the writing itself (scrawls, misspellings, colors and all). Where necessary, the parent or guardian can also provide a "translation" for us!
  • Please send all attachments--including photos of your child-- as .jpg files.
  • Please include a short bio as a document and photo of the child as separate jpeg. (If you prefer us not to use the child's full name or photo, that's fine, too—just let us know.)
  • Stories we select will be published on SmokeLong Quarterly's blog. They will not be included in the quarterly issue.
  • If your child's story is accepted for publication, please wait three months before submitting again. 
  • We understand that the line between poetry and prose is faint when it comes to children's art, but please keep in mind that SmokeLong Quarterly does not publish poetry.

SmokeLong publishes essays on flash fiction on our blog. Essays will be considered for the “Why Flash Fiction?” and "Flash, Back" series, but we will also consider craft essays and flash fiction collection reviews.

The “Why Flash Fiction?” series explores what draws flash fiction writers and editors to the form. Send us your essays about the first time you wrote a piece of flash, why flash resonates with you, your favorite piece from another writer, your experience writing a particular published flash piece, or any other topic that broadly answers the question, "Why do you write flash?" We normally do not publish essays that exceed 2500 words. Read our past essays on flash (which can be found on the blog!) to get a better idea of what we’re looking for.

SmokeLong‘s “Flash, Back” series asks writers to discuss flash fiction that may be obscure or printed before the term “flash fiction” became popular, and tell us how these older or not-widely-known works are meaningful.

Submit pitches for essays or a completed draft. If a pitch is accepted, we request that you submit the full, polished essay within six weeks of acceptance.

Book Reviews

SmokeLong is interested in reviewing flash fiction collections from emerging writers, famous authors, independent presses, big publishing houses, and everything in between. Authors and publicists are welcome to submit queries and/or books for consideration through our Submittable portal. If you are a reviewer, please submit a completed review or query letter detailing your interests and qualifications as a flash fiction reviewer.

This category is for previous contributors only. Please submit no more than two news items each period, including newly published works, achievements, and awards.  Entries should be recent (please include a date). Info regarding such should be no longer than 100 words including title of new work (flash, short story, essay, poem, memoir,or novel) and name of publisher  (ezine, print zine, publishing house) plus link to said work and/or how to purchase). Please also include all links and Issue # to your published work at SmokeLong Quarterly.

Submit information in the cover letter box. There is no need to upload a document.

Submissions will be reviewed by staff for appropriateness and accuracy. Submissions or notices that do not meet our guidelines or criteria will not be included.

Round-ups will be published periodically on the SmokeLong blog or tweeted from the SmokeLong Quarterly Twitter account.

Please note that SLQ does NOT accept general art submissions. This category is only for solicited pieces from artists we regularly work with. If you are an artist working with us on a specific story, you can upload it here. Unsolicited art will not be considered or responded to here.

If you are interested in contributing art to future issues of SmokeLong, please contact us at with your bio and link to any web sites, etc. (Please do not send attachments unless they are solicited.)

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