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Please send ONE previously unpublished story at a time, and wait until you hear from us to send another.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 pay $25/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.
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.
Finally, if you appreciate what SmokeLong does please consider making a donation through the tip jar feature. Doing so of course in no way influences our decision regarding your submission.