Please note that for the week of October 29 through November 4, all submissions will be first read by a creative writing class at Amsterdam University College, who will collectively choose a story to be published as a SmokeLong Weekly story (and included in our December issue). All stories will also be read by our editorial staff for consideration for publication. If you do not wish for the class to read your piece, please wait and submit on November 5 or later. Thank you!
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Please send ONE previously unpublished story at a time and wait until you hear from us to send another.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.
Our guest editors 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 or our own editors during the Editor's Choice weeks. We also publish spring, summer, fall and winter quarterly issues. The quarterly issue includes the weekly stories as well as bonus stories and interviews.
Although 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 elsewhere for publication.
Finally, if you appreciate what SmokeLong does to further the form of flash fiction, please consider making a donation through the tip jar feature. Although we don't charge our readers to subscribe or our potential contributors to submit, we are a paying market. A tip jar donation is a nice thumbs-up, and we are so grateful for your donation. Our decision regarding your submission is, however, in no way influenced by whether or not you donate.
We look forward to your words.