Guest Reader at SmokeLong Quarterly

Hi, sweet IMBO readers!
You may know me solely as the adorable, self-deprecating curator of this here travel blog, but if you gently scrape a couple of layers off, you'll see there's more to the man behind the gas mask. Besides being a writer of (mostly) quirky short fiction, I'm also an editor--the managing editor of Metazen, a daily literary ezine that publishes potential literature. The Guardian has called us a 'mainstay' in the Alt Lit community.

Occasionally, I guest edit for other magazines. SmokeLong Quarterly is one of my favorites. They've included my story 'When Chase Prays Chocolate' in their Best of the First Ten Years anthology--due out very very soon. I'm thrilled to be in this book of incredible fiction and truly mind-blowing authors.

This week--starting August 5--I'm the guest reader at SmokeLong. I'll be choosing one story for SmokeLong Weekly, and this story will also be included in the quarterly.

If you write brief fiction (under 1000 words) and want to submit, go to the SmokeLong submissions page and follow the guidelines. The reading is blind, so make sure you remove your name from the story before submitting.

I must be off,


Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O'Type (a Satire), an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen's award-winning fiction and non-fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly's Best of the First Ten Years anthology, Prime Number Magazine, The Best of Every Day Fiction, Pure Slush, Bootsnall Travel and Chicken Soup for the Soul. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize twice. He is the managing editor of the daily litzine Metazen. Recently, Allen--along with editors Michelle Elvy and Linda Simoni-Wastila--hosted Flash Mob 2013 in celebration of International Flash Fiction Day. 


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