SmokeLong publishes flash narratives--fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid (somewhere between fiction and non-fiction)--up to 1000 words. We do not consider poetry.

Please note that from February 1 to April 30 we will be reading for The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction and will be closed to general submissions with the exception of paid feedback submissions. 

Include the word count and a print-ready, third-person bio with your cover letter. We prefer a simple cover letter.

Please remove all identifying information from your story’s document. Guest Editors and staff Submissions Editors read blind and have no access to bios. Also note that submissions editors have no access to Submittable messages. If you need to make changes to your submission, please withdraw and resubmit your work. 

Please send ONE previously unpublished piece at a time and wait until you hear our decision before sending another.

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

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

Beginning in January 2023 we pay $100/story, upon publication in the quarterly issue. Payment will be issued via PayPal or Zelle, and the writer may be responsible for any associated fees if applicable.

If you are seeking feedback on your submission, please see the forms "SmokeLong General Submissions with Feedback" or "Senior Editor Critique."  This service is subsidized by SmokeLong. The editors giving feedback earn more than you're paying. This is one way SmokeLong is trying to keep feedback reasonably priced while also helping us provide income for talented editors. If you are taking part in SmokeLong Fitness, please be sure to use the discount links in the workshop. From February 1 to April 30 we'll be considering paid feedback submissions for our September 2024 issue. 

If you choose to make a donation to SmokeLong using the tip jar feature, thank you so much! 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 readers the possibility of donating to SmokeLong directly on the website.

We can't wait to read your words. 

--The SmokeLong Team


$24.00

Use this form to receive three senior editors' comments from the Submittable queue on ONE story under 1000 words. These comments are general but actionable feedback regarding what's working and what's not. If you are looking for more specific feedback, please see below. If you do not want feedback, we offer a free submissions option and always will.

Use this form also to receive actionable feedback on a story that has been rejected by SmokeLong, especially if you received a second-tier rejection indicating that the story sparked a discussion among our editors. Please indicate RESUBMISSION in the title. 

For more detailed feedback from one editor, please use the Senior Editor Critique form. We also offer a variety of workshops and webinars including SmokeLong Fitness, the year-round community workshop of SmokeLong. If you would like to be on our workshop mailing list, please send an email to editor@smokelong.com. 

To help us give relevant and targeted feedback, please let us know whether the story is fiction, creative non-fiction, or hybrid. Please put this information directly in the story document.

Please be aware that we are editors/writers competent to give feedback on literary flash fiction (narratives under 1000 words). We may not be the right sounding board for fantasy, sci-fi, horror, romance, children's lit, etc.

Although you should use this form with the understanding that your story will in all likelihood not be accepted by the journal, if we decide to accept your submission (obviating the need for feedback), your fee will be reimbursed.

In the overwhelming majority of cases, you will receive a response through Submittable marked COMPLETED, and the editors' comments will be included in the response. We try to respond with feedback within 7 days, and we would appreciate a brief note letting us know you received our message and feedback. 

As a thank-you for using this service, we are offering a $7 discount coupon to be used on anything in the SmokeLong shop anytime before December 31, 2024. To receive this discount, please use the coupon code THANKS. Please be aware that this discount is not available on events already discounted. 

Christopher Allen

Publisher, SmokeLong Quarterly


 

SmokeLong Quarterly 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 Ploughshares, New World Writing, and wigleaf, as well as the anthologies Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fiction,and 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.

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.

Jasmine Sawers is a Kundiman fellow and Indiana University MFA alum. Their work has won awards from Ploughshares, NANO Fiction, Fractured Lit, and Press 53, and has appeared in such journals and anthologies as Norton’s Flash Fiction America, Best Microfiction, and Wigleaf. Their book, The Anchored World, was a finalist for the 2023 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection. Originally from Buffalo, Sawers now lives outside St. Louis.

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 Microfiction2020 anthology. Jan is currently working on a story collection. She can be reached on Twitter @janelmanstout.


 

General Guidelines:
 

SmokeLong publishes flash narratives up to 1000 words. This word limit is firm. We do not consider poetry. On our blog we publish essays on craft and teaching flash. Please see the appropriate Submittable form.

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. 

Our editors read blind, so please do not include your name or other identifying information anywhere on the story document, in the filename, or in the Submittable title. Your name and bio should appear in the cover letter on Submittable, which is hidden in our blind editing process.

We pay $100/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.

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.

You Might Want to Know Before Submitting:

  As with any literary journal, the best way to figure out what we're looking for is to read the journal. We have thousands of stories archived on our site. Why not spend a couple of hours browsing the quarterly archives? 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 and excites,
     * narratives that strive toward something other than a final punch line or twist,
     * pieces that add up to something, often (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 spring, summer, fall and winter quarterly issues, featuring each story with an interview in the subsequent weeks. We invite an editor/teacher from the flash fiction community to join our team each quarter as a senior editor and workshop leader.

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. Rejection will sadly come much more swiftly. (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.)

  We gladly consider simultaneous submissions, but please consider where you'd like your work to appear before you send it to 10 journals. We usually respond within 7 days. Please inform us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere for publication.

   We look forward to your words. Before you hit SEND, please make sure your name is removed from the story and that your word count is 1000 or fewer.

Christopher Allen
 

$39.00

Please use this form to receive a thorough critique from one of SmokeLong Quarterly's senior editors on one story under 1000 words. Our actionable feedback will include line editing as well as a general statement concerning larger issues such as voice, point of view, tone, and characterization. This price does not include a back-and-forth with the editor. We do offer workshops in which we offer detailed feedback and lots of interaction with the workshop leaders. If you are interested in taking part in a workshop, please let us know by sending an email to editors@smokelong.com. 

But maybe you don't have time for a workshop these days. Maybe all you really need at the moment is feedback on one story. Then this is the service for you.

To help us give relevant and targeted feedback, please let us know whether the story is fiction, creative non-fiction, or hybrid. 

Please be aware that we are editors/writers competent to give actionable feedback on literary flash fiction. We may not be the right sounding board for fantasy, sci-fi, horror, romance, children's lit, etc.

Although you should use this form with the understanding that your story will in all likelihood not be accepted by the journal, if we decide to accept your submission (obviating the need for feedback), your fee will be reimbursed.

In the overwhelming majority of cases, you will receive a response through Submittable marked as COMPLETED, and the editor's feedback will be attached to the message. We try to respond with feedback within 7 days. 

As a thank-you for using this service, we are offering a $7 discount coupon to be used on anything in the SmokeLong shop anytime before December 31, 2024. To receive this discount, please use the coupon code THANKS. Please be aware that this discount is not available on events already discounted. 

Christopher Allen

Editor, SmokeLong Quarterly  

 

SmokeLong Quarterly Senior Editors

Christopher Allen is the author of the flash fiction collection Other Household Toxins (Matter Press, 2018). His work has most recently appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2019, Booth, and Gone Lawn. He has a BA in music business from Belmont University and an MA in English from Middle Tennessee State University. In normal times, Allen is a nomad, but in these unusual times he makes do at his home in Munich, Germany.

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 Ploughshares, New World Writing, and wigleaf, as well as the anthologies Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fiction,and 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.

Jasmine Sawers is a Kundiman fellow and Indiana University MFA alum. Their work has won awards from Ploughshares, NANO Fiction, Fractured Lit, and Press 53, and has appeared in such journals and anthologies as Norton’s Flash Fiction America, Best Microfiction, and Wigleaf. Their book, The Anchored World, was a finalist for the 2023 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection. Originally from Buffalo, Sawers now lives outside St. Louis.

SmokeLong publishes essays on the subject of 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. We pay $25 for accepted Flash in the Classroom essays. 

Please submit a completed draft for consideration.

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 that we are a flash journal and that the reviews and interviews we publish should also be 1000 words or fewer. 

Please note there is no monetary payment at this time for blog content unless otherwise stated above. 


$14.00

This form is for ONE entry. If you'd like to enter two or more stories, please see the other forms. 

The grand prize winner of The Smokey is automatically nominated for The Best Small Fictions, The Pushcart, Best of the Net, and any other prize we deem appropriate. In addition to all this love, we will also pay the grand prize winner $2500. Second place: $1000. Third place $500. Finalists: $100. All finalists and placers will be published in the special competition issue in June 2024.


Guidelines:

  • Open to anyone on the planet aged 18+.
  • Your entry must be previously unpublished.
  • You may write in English or in any other language as long as an English translation accompanies your entry. Our decision will be based on the English translation. Winnings, if any, will be split evenly between the translator and author.
  • Your entry must be 1000 words or fewer, excluding the title. There is no minimum word count requirement.
  • This competition is for fiction.
  • You may enter as many times as you like, but an entry fee must accompany each entry. If you are submitting multiple entries at the same time, they must all be in the same document.
  • Your name must NOT appear on the entry itself. This includes the filename, headers and footers. Your name and contact information should appear ONLY in the cover letter, which is not visible to the judges.
  • Please double space your entry and use a legible, dark font.
  • Payment, if any, will be made through Paypal. 


Judging

SmokeLong competitions are judged by the SmokeLong editors. We do not employ a guest judge. Our process is similar to our general submissions workflow. We send rejections as soon as we can so that your work is not tied up for the entire competition entry period. This means you will receive a response within about a week if we have decided to decline the entry. If we are taking longer than one week, this is a great sign.


Entry Fees:

February 1 - March 1:

One Entry: $14
Two Entries: $18
Up to Four Entries: $30

March 2 - April 30

One Entry: $16
Two Entries: $20
Up to Four Entries: $32

If you are unable to pay an entry fee, please let us know (editor@smokelong.com). Free entries have been donated by Hema Nataraju in memory of her sister, as well as Julia Strayer and other judges of this competition who have given their honorarium back to SmokeLong.

$18.00

This form is for TWO entries. Please include both entries in the same document.

The grand prize winner of The Smokey is automatically nominated for The Best Small Fictions, The Pushcart, Best of the Net, and any other prize we deem appropriate. In addition to all this love, we will also pay the grand prize winner $2500. Second place: $1000. Third place $500. Finalists: $100. All finalists and placers will be published in the special competition issue in June 2024.
 

Guidelines:

  • Open to anyone on the planet aged 18+.
  • Your entry must be previously unpublished.
  • You may write in English or in any other language as long as an English translation accompanies your entry. Our decision will be based on the English translation. Winnings, if any, will be split evenly between the translator and author.
  • Your entry must be 1000 words or fewer, excluding the title. There is no minimum word count requirement.
  • This competition is for fiction.
  • You may enter as many times as you like, but an entry fee must accompany each entry. If you are submitting multiple entries at the same time, they must all be in the same document.
  • Your name must NOT appear on the entry itself. This includes the filename, headers and footers. Your name and contact information should appear ONLY in the cover letter, which is not visible to the judges. 
  • Please double space your entry and use a legible, dark font.
  • Deadline: April 30
  • Payment, if any, will be made through Paypal. 


 

Judging

SmokeLong competitions are judged by the SmokeLong editors. We do not employ a guest judge. Our process is similar to our general submissions workflow. We send rejections as soon as we can so that your work is not tied up for the entire entry period. This means you will receive a response within about a week if we have decided to decline the entry. If we are taking longer than one week, this is a great sign.
 

Entry Fees:

February 1 - March 1:

One Entry: $14
 Two Entries: $18
 Up to Four Entries: $30

March 2 - April 30

One Entry: $16
 Two Entries: $20
 Up to Four Entries: $32

If you are unable to pay an entry fee, please let us know (editor@smokelong.com). Free entries have been donated by Hema Nataraju in memory of her sister, as well as Julia Strayer and other judges of this competition who have given their honorarium back to SmokeLong.

$30.00

This form is for up to four entries. Please include all entries in the same document.


The grand prize winner of The Smokey is automatically nominated for The Best Small Fictions, The Pushcart, Best of the Net, and any other prize we deem appropriate. In addition to all this love, we will also pay the grand prize winner $2500. Second place: $1000. Third place $500. Finalists: $100. All finalists and placers will be published in the special competition issue in June 2024.


Guidelines:

  • Open to anyone on the planet aged 18+.
  • Your entry must be previously unpublished.
  • You may write in English or in any other language as long as an English translation accompanies your entry. Our decision will be based on the English translation. Winnings, if any, will be split evenly between the translator and author.
  • Your entry must be 1000 words or fewer, excluding the title. There is no minimum word count requirement.
  • This competition is for fiction.
  • You may enter as many times as you like, but an entry fee must accompany each entry. If you are submitting multiple entries at the same time, they must all be in the same document.
  • Your name must NOT appear on the entry itself. This includes the filename, headers and footers. Your name and contact information should appear ONLY in the cover letter.
  • Please double space your work and use a legible, dark font.
  • Payment, if any, will be made through Paypal. 


Judging

SmokeLong competitions are judged by the SmokeLong editors. We do not employ a guest judge. Our process is similar to our general submissions workflow. We send rejections as soon as we can so that your work is not tied up for the entire competition entry period. This means you will receive a response within about a week if we have decided to decline the entry. If we are taking longer than one week, this is a great sign.


Entry Fees:

February 1 - March 1:

One Entry: $14
Two Entries: $18
Up to Four Entries: $30 (Includes a coupon code for $25 off A SmokeLong Summer 24!)

March 2 - April 30

One Entry: $16
Two Entries: $20
Up to Four Entries: $32 (Includes a coupon code for $25 off A SmokeLong Summer 24!)

If you are unable to pay an entry fee, please let us know (editor@smokelong.com). Free entries have been donated by Hema Nataraju in memory of her sister, as well as Julia Strayer and other judges of this competition who have given their honorarium back to SmokeLong.

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