Please use this form to receive a thorough critique from one of SmokeLong Quarterly's senior editors on one story under 1000 words. Our actionable feedback will include line editing as well as a general statement concerning larger issues such as voice, point of view, tone, and characterization. This price does not include a back-and-forth with the editor. We do offer workshops in which we offer detailed feedback and lots of interaction with the workshop leaders. If you are interested in taking part in a workshop, please let us know by sending an email to 

But maybe you don't have time for a workshop these days. Maybe all you really need at the moment is feedback on one story. Then this is the service for you.

To help us give relevant and targeted feedback, please let us know whether the story is fiction, creative non-fiction, or hybrid. 

Please be aware that we are editors/writers competent to give actionable feedback on literary flash fiction. We may not be the right sounding board for fantasy, sci-fi, horror, romance, children's lit, etc.

Although you should use this form with the understanding that your story will in all likelihood not be accepted by the journal, if we decide to accept your submission (obviating the need for feedback), your fee will be reimbursed.

In the overwhelming majority of cases, you will receive a response through Submittable marked as COMPLETED, and the editor's feedback will be attached to the message. We try to respond with feedback within 7 days. 

Christopher Allen

Editor, SmokeLong Quarterly  


SmokeLong Quarterly Senior Editors

Christopher Allen is the author of the flash fiction collection Other Household Toxins (Matter Press, 2018). His work has most recently appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2019, Booth, and Gone Lawn. He has a BA in music business from Belmont University and an MA in English from Middle Tennessee State University. In normal times, Allen is a nomad, but in these unusual times he makes do at his home in Munich, Germany.

Shasta Grant  is the author of the chapbook Gather Us Up and Bring Us Home (Split Lip Press, 2017). She won the 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest and the 2016 SmokeLong Quarterly Kathy Fish Fellowship. She has received residencies from Hedgebrook and The Kerouac Project and was selected as a 2020 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellow. Her work has appeared in cream city review, Epiphany, Hobart, wigleaf, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and divides her time between Singapore and Indianapolis.

Sherrie Flick is the author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness and two short story collections, Whiskey, Etc. and Thank Your Lucky Stars. Her stories have been performed for Selected Shorts and appear in Ploughshares, New World Writing, and wigleaf, as well as the anthologies Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fiction,and New Micro. She served as series editor for The Best Small Fictions 2018 with guest editor Aimee Bender and is co-editor for Flash Fiction America, forthcoming from Norton in 2022.

Jan Elman Stout’s fiction has appeared in Pure Slush, Literary Orphans, Jellyfish Review, Midwestern Gothic, Pidgeonholes, 100 Word Story and elsewhere. Her flash was nominated for the Best Small Fictions anthology in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Jan’s flash appears in the Best Microfiction 2020 anthology. Jan is currently working on a story collection. She can be reached on Twitter @janelmanstout.

Helen Rye lives in Norwich, UK. She has won the Bath Flash Fiction Award, the Reflex Fiction contest and third place in the Bristol Short Story Prize. Her stories appear in The Best Small Fictions 2020 and have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, nominated for The Pushcart Prize and published in many journals and anthologies. She has an MA in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia, where she was the 2019/20 Annabel Abbs Scholar.

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