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Please send ONE previously unpublished story at a time and wait until you hear our decision before sending another.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Please send ONE previously unpublished story at a time, and wait until you hear from us to send another.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




















SmokeLong Quarterly is accepting submissions for its 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship for new and emerging writers. The fellowship honors Kathy Fish, a former editor here at SmokeLong, a fantastic writer herself, and a continuing champion of new and emerging writers.

The winner of the 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a "writer in residence" at SmokeLong (note: position is virtual) for four quarterly issues (March, June, September, and December 2018). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner.

The winner of the Fellowship will also receive $500.00, to be paid as follows: $100.00 on announcement of the winner, and $100.00 upon publication of each of the four issues in 2018.

Fellows will have the opportunity to work with SmokeLong staff and participate in online writing workshops.

Writers who have not been published in SmokeLong Quarterly and who do not have a published chapbook or book-length work in any genre (or are not under contract for such) are eligible to apply. We particularly encourage marginalized and diverse voices, such as writers of color, writers from the LBGTQ community and writers with disabilities. Following are the guidelines for application and the terms of the award:

Application Guidelines
Writers are eligible who:

  • have not been previously published by SmokeLong
  • do not have a chapbook or a book-length work published, self-published, or under contract, in any genre
  • are 18 years or older

Applications should be submitted under the Kathy Fish Fellowship Applications category on Submittable. In the title box, please write: "2018 Fish Application." In the cover letter/bio field, please include your name and a short bio. Do not put your name anywhere else in the application document.

Answer the required questions within the word count limit.

Upload your fiction samples in ONE document, double-spaced (no funky fonts or styles, please) with the following guidelines:

Four samples of your flash fiction (stories of 1000 words or less). Please include word count after the title of each story. These samples may be unpublished or previously published in venues other than SmokeLong, but at least one of the samples should be previously unpublished. Please note if a sample is previously published, but do not include specific information about the publication. The writing samples should, as a whole, best reflect your ability, style(s), etc. Show us who you are as a writer through these samples.

There is no application fee, but a $5 donation is suggested. No priority will be given to applications that submit with a donation. All donations raised will go toward future Kathy Fish Fellowship funding, so please consider adding a donation so that we may continue to fund the fellowship in the future. If you wish to submit without a donation, please exit this category and choose the other. NOTE: The unpaid option for the 2018 Fellowship is only available through September 20, 2017.

Applications are open from August 15 through October 31, 2017 (unpaid option is open from August 15 through September 20, 2017 ONLY).

The winner will be announced in late December.


SmokeLong Quarterly is accepting submissions for its 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship for new and emerging writers. The fellowship honors Kathy Fish, a former editor here at SmokeLong, a fantastic writer herself, and a continuing champion of new and emerging writers.

The winner of the 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a "writer in residence" at SmokeLong (note: position is virtual) for four quarterly issues (March, June, September, and December 2018). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner.

The winner of the Fellowship will also receive $500.00, to be paid as follows: $100.00 on announcement of the winner, and $100.00 upon publication of each of the four issues in 2018.

Fellows will have the opportunity to work with SmokeLong staff and participate in online writing workshops.

Writers who have not been published in SmokeLong Quarterly and who do not have a published chapbook or book-length work in any genre (or are not under contract for such) are eligible to apply. We particularly encourage marginalized and diverse voices, such as writers of color, writers from the LBGTQ community and writers with disabilities. Following are the guidelines for application and the terms of the award:

Application Guidelines
Writers are eligible who:

  • have not been previously published by SmokeLong
  • do not have a chapbook or a book-length work published, self-published, or under contract, in any genre
  • are 18 years or older

Applications should be submitted under the Kathy Fish Fellowship Applications category on Submittable. In the title box, please write: "2018 Fish Application." In the cover letter/bio field, please include your name and a short bio. Do not put your name anywhere else in the application document.

Answer the required questions within the word count limit.

Upload your fiction samples in ONE document, double-spaced (no funky fonts or styles, please) with the following guidelines:

Four samples of your flash fiction (stories of 1000 words or less). Please include word count after the title of each story. These samples may be unpublished or previously published in venues other than SmokeLong, but at least one of the samples should be previously unpublished. Please note if a sample is previously published, but do not include specific information about the publication. The writing samples should, as a whole, best reflect your ability, style(s), etc. Show us who you are as a writer through these samples.

There is no application fee, but a $5 donation is suggested. No priority will be given to applications that submit with a donation. All donations raised will go toward future Kathy Fish Fellowship funding, so please consider adding a donation so that we may continue to fund the fellowship in the future. If you wish to add the $5 donation (THANK YOU!), please exit this category and choose the other. NOTE: The unpaid option for the 2018 Fellowship is only available through September 20, 2017.

Applications are open from August 15 through October 31, 2017 (unpaid option is open from August 15 through September 20, 2017 ONLY).

The winner will be announced in late December.

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.


Infos:
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.

Druckrecht:
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.

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.
  • 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 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.)