may, 2020

24may1:00 am1:00 amThe SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash FictionInternational Entry Fee: $13.50
Max word count: 1,000
Top Prize: $2,000 and publication

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Have you been drafting some killer flash? First place in SmokeLong Quarterly‘s flash fiction competition will earn you $2000! But even if you don’t win first place, you might just earn some money as one of our finalists. In our biennial contest issue, everyone gets paid!

For 15 weeks leading up to the publication of the contest issue, we accept only submissions for the SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction (the Smokey, if you will).

Submissions open on February 10!


The grand prize winner will receive $2000, automatic nomination for The Best Small Fictions, the Pushcart Prize, and Best of the Net, as well as publication in our 17th-anniversary contest issue in June. A second prize of at least $200 and a third prize of at least $100 plus publication will be awarded. All the finalists will also be published in our June contest issue and will receive at least $50. In addition, we will publish a long list of deserving stories.

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.

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