Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Smokelong Quarterly is a literary magazine devoted to bringing the best flash narratives to the web, whether written by widely published authors or by those new to the craft.
Social Media Platforms Used
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
Primary Editor/Contact Person
fiction, nonfiction, reviews, translation
Recent Awards Received
SmokeLong narratives have recently been featured in The Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction, and the wigleaf Top 50
Gwen E. Kirby, Venita Blackburn, Amber Sparks
Submissions are open year-round. We consider simultaneous submissions but not multiple submissions. We consider fiction, non-fiction, and hybrid narratives but not poetry.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
1 - 7 weeks
SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Ficton SmokeLong Quarterly Grand Micro Contest SmokeLong Quarterly Comedy Prize
Number Of Paid Staff
Number Of Unpaid Staff
14 (occasionally paid for workshops, reading competition entries)
Number Of Issues Per Year
Average Page Views Per Month
Average Unique Visitors Per Month
Publish Print Anthology?
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I started in 2014 as the managing editor of SmokeLong Quarterly, becoming co-editor in 2017, and then editor-in-chief in 2020.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
At SmokeLong we have 13 submissions editors who act as first readers along with a quarterly rotating team of readers in residence. We have six senior editors and a quarterly guest editor who joins the team as a senior editor.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Please write the simplest cover letter possible. Our editors don't see the cover letter until the submission has been rejected or accepted.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
A submission is assigned to two submissions editors. If at least one of these editors thinks the submission deserves further consideration, the submission is assigned to the senior editors. We are usually able to process submissions within a week.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
We look for innovation, heart, an understanding of the flash form. We want to read exciting, sentence-level art by a writer with something to say.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Just do it. And get used to it.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
All of our submissions are unsolicited.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Our ideal reader is curious and open.