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previously unpublished story at a time, and wait until you hear from us to send
Include a print-ready, third-person bio with your cover
When we have guest editors they read blind, so please do not
include your name or other identifying information anywhere on the story
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
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
* 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
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.