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Please send ONE previously unpublished story at a time and wait until you hear our decision before sending another.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


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

Please send ONE previously unpublished story at a time, and wait until you hear from us to send another.

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

When we have guest editors they read blind, so please do not include your name or other identifying information anywhere on the story document itself.

We do not provide monetary payment, but we have undying devotion to all the writers we publish.

Online Rights: If we publish your work, we require exclusive electronic rights to it for 3 months and non-exclusive rights indefinitely so we can include it in our online archives.
Print Rights: We require non-exclusive print rights, for potential annual anthologies and promotional materials. All other rights remain yours.

More Stuff You Might Want to Know Before Submitting:

The SLQ aesthetic remains an ever-changing, ever-elusive set of principles, but it most likely has to do with these kinds of things:

* language that surprises
* narratives that strive toward something other than a final punch line or twist
* pieces that add up to something, oftentimes (but not necessarily always) meaning or emotional resonance
* honest work that feels as if it has far more purpose than a writer wanting to write a story

We publish one story each week as SmokeLong Weekly, chosen by guest editors. We also publish spring, summer, fall and winter quarterly issues. The quarterly issue includes the weekly stories as well as bonus stories and interviews.

Even though our weekly stories are chosen by different editors, you may NOT submit the same story with each new week. Our staff does manage the submission process, and we will -- unfortunately -- have to disqualify these stories from consideration.

Our intent is to respond as quickly as possible. 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. (Note: Our emails sometimes get caught by spam filters, so please add "smokelong.com" to your allow list. We also can't respond to any third-party spam filter programs, so please don't submit to us with an email address that has that kind of security set up.)

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




















Lo que necesitas saber:

SmokeLong publica ficción 'flash' de hasta 1000 palabras. Para la Función de Flash Mundial limitamos la extensión del texto a 600 palabras.

No consideraremos los géneros de poesía ni escritura que no sea ficción.

Envíe solo UNA historia inédita (que no haya sido publicada anteriormente) y espere nuestro aviso antes de enviar otra.

Incluya con su carta de presentación una corta biografía bien editada, para ser impresa.

Nuestros editores invitados hacen lectura a ciegas, por lo que no debe firmar su texto o brindar ninguna otra información que lo identifique en ninguna parte de su obra de ficción.

No pagamos por los trabajos sometidos, pero mantendríamos eterna devoción a todos los escritores y escritoras de los textos que publiquemos.

Sobre Derechos de autoría en línea: Si publicamos su trabajo, requerimos derechos electrónicos exclusivos durante un periodo de 3 meses y derechos no exclusivos indefinidamente para que podamos incluir la obra en nuestros archivos en línea.

Derechos de impresión: Se requieren derechos de impresión no exclusivos para poder proceder en caso de que hagamos posibles antologías anuales y para el uso de textos en materiales promocionales. Usted mantendría todos los demás derechos.


Hvad du skal vide:
SmokeLong udgiver flash fiction på op til 1000 ord. Der er en begrænsning på 600 ord mht. the Global Flash feature. Vi udgiver ikke poesi eller faglitteratur.

Send gerne EN ikke tidligere udgivet historie af gangen, og vent indtil du har hørt fra os, før du sender en anden.

Inkluder også en trejdepersons bio, som er trykkeklar sammen med din ansøgning.

Når vi har gæsteredaktører læser de historien uden at kende forfatteren, så undlad venligst at inkludere dit navn eller andre personlige oplysinger med eller i selve historien.

Vi betaler ikke penge, men vi er utroligt dedikerede til vores forfattere.

Online Rettigheder: hvis vi udgiver dit kunstværk, kræver vi eksklusive elektroniske rettigheder i 3 måneder og ikke-eksklusive rettigheder på ubestemt tid, så historien bliver en del af vores online arkiver.

Trykke Rettigheder: Vi kræver ikke-eksklusive trykke rettigheder til potentialle årlige antologier og reklamemateriale. Alle andre rettigheder er fortsat dine.


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.

Guidelines
  • 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.
  • If the piece is a story, 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.


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.


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 Ashley Inguanta at ashleyinguanta@gmail.com with your bio and link to any web sites, etc. (Please do not send attachments unless they are solicited.)