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The second biennial SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction will open for submissions February 10-May 24, 2020. The contest celebrates SmokeLong Quarterly's 17th year of publishing. Please note our general submission queue is closed during the duration of the contest, although we are still considering essays for the blog, Fridge Flash submissions by children, and Global Flash stories. Please submit to those in the appropriate categories. 

The winner of the SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction (The Smokey) will receive $2000, automatic nomination for The Best Small Fictions, the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and publication in our 17th-anniversary contest Issue in June. A second prize of at least $200 and a third prize of at least $100 will be awarded. At least 11 runners-up will also be published in the June 2020 contest issue–and  each of the finalists will receive at least $50. 

Entry fees:

February 10 – April 26                    $13.50, up to 2 stories

April 27 – May 24                            $15.50, up to 2 stories


Entries will be read blind by the SmokeLong Quarterly staff editors. Entrants will be notified on a rolling basis during the submissions period whether or not their entries have made it to the long list, which will be announced one week after the competition closes on May 24. Finalists will be notified before June 10. The winner of the competition and at least 11 finalists will be announced on June 22, when all of the contest stories will be published in SmokeLong Quarterly’s 17th-anniversary Issue. 

New This Year:

Flash written in non-Anglo languages accompanied by an English translation will also be considered as long as the story in the original language is written by a native speaker of that language and as long as all other guidelines below have been met. The story will necessarily by judged on the English translation. Any monetary award earned will be split evenly between the writer and the translator. If the author and the translator are the same person, the original story must be in the non-Anglo language. The story and its translation must be entered together in one document either by the author or the translator (if entered by the translator, the translator must have the author's permission). We hope this added feature of the competition will encourage translators and writers to work together to open flash fiction up to a world of flash writers.


  • Stories must be original works and not have been previously published anywhere online or in print, including personal blogs.
  • Word count: Under 1000 words, excluding the title, per story. 
  • If you are submitting two stories, they must be submitted in the same document. If you are submitting 2 non-Anglo stories with their English translations, all texts must be submitted together in one document. 
  • Anyone over 18 is eligible to enter, excluding current or former SLQ staff and their families. Former guest editors are welcome to enter.
  • All identifying information must be removed from the story and file name. The writer’s bio must appear ONLY in the cover letter, which is blind to the judges. If the author’s name appears anywhere in the story document, including the file name, the story will be disqualified and the submission fee will not be refunded.
  • You may submit as many times as you’d like during the contest period. All entries must be accompanied by the corresponding fee.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we ask that you withdraw the entry immediately if the story is accepted elsewhere. If the entry is one of two stories submitted in the same document, withdraw the individual story by adding a note to the entry in Submittable. The submission fee will not be refunded.

Please note that award will be paid through PayPal, and fees may apply. 

We look forward to reading your words.

SmokeLong Quarterly

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