Please note that from February 10 to May 24, the SmokeLong Quarterly editors will be reading for The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction. General submissions will re-open on May 25. 

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. We prefer a simple cover letter.

Please include no identifying information on your story’s document. Guest Editors read blind and have no access to bios.

Please send ONE previously unpublished story at a time and wait until you hear our decision before sending another.

Please allow us up to four 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.

We pay $50/story, upon publication in the quarterly issue. Payment will be issued via PayPal, and the writer may be responsible for any associated fees if applicable.  

If you choose to make a donation to SmokeLong using the tip jar feature, thank you! Your contribution will help the journal remain a paying market. While it will not influence our decision regarding your submission, it will influence our love for you. We also offer the possibility of donating to SmokeLong on the website.

We can't wait to read your words. 

--The SmokeLong Team

The second biennial SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction will open for submissions February 10-May 24, 2020. The contest celebrates SmokeLong Quarterly's 17th year of publishing. Please note our general submission queue is closed during the duration of the contest, although we are still considering essays for the blog, Fridge Flash submissions by children, and Global Flash stories. Please submit to those in the appropriate categories. 

The winner of the SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction (The Smokey) will receive $2000, automatic nomination for The Best Small Fictions, the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and publication in our 17th-anniversary contest Issue in June. A second prize of at least $200 and a third prize of at least $100 will be awarded. At least 11 runners-up will also be published in the June 2020 contest issue–and  each of the finalists will receive at least $50. 

Entry fees:

February 10 – April 26                    $13.50, up to 2 stories

April 27 – May 24                            $15.50, up to 2 stories


Entries will be read blind by the SmokeLong Quarterly staff editors. Entrants will be notified on a rolling basis during the submissions period whether or not their entries have made it to the long list, which will be announced one week after the competition closes on May 24. Finalists will be notified before June 10. The winner of the competition and at least 11 finalists will be announced on June 22, when all of the contest stories will be published in SmokeLong Quarterly’s 17th-anniversary Issue. 

New This Year:

Flash written in non-Anglo languages accompanied by an English translation will also be considered as long as the story in the original language is written by a native speaker of that language and as long as all other guidelines below have been met. The story will necessarily by judged on the English translation. Any monetary award earned will be split evenly between the writer and the translator. If the author and the translator are the same person, the original story must be in the non-Anglo language. The story and its translation must be entered together in one document either by the author or the translator (if entered by the translator, the translator must have the author's permission). We hope this added feature of the competition will encourage translators and writers to work together to open flash fiction up to a world of flash writers.


  • 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. If you are submitting 2 non-Anglo stories with their English translations, all texts must be submitted together in one document. 
  • Anyone over 18 is eligible to enter, excluding current or former SLQ staff and their families. 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 award will be paid through PayPal, and fees may apply. 

We look forward to reading your words.

SmokeLong Quarterly

SmokeLong publishes essays on flash fiction on our blog. Essays will be considered for the Flash in the Classroom, Why Flash Fiction? and Flash, Back series, but we 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 by 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 2000 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.

Our 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. 

The Flash in the Classroom series invites creative writing instructors to discuss how they use flash fiction in their classrooms with the aim of inspiring other creative writing instructors around the world. 

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.

Please note there is no monetary payment at this time for essays, reviews, or other items published on our blog.

 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.   Le but de cette série est de présenter des écrivain(e)s francophones qui sont publié(e)s en français et dont les écrits ne seraient pas autrement  accessibles aux lecteurs anglophones. 

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. 
  • There is no monetary payment for Fridge Flash stories.

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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