Monday, September 29, 2014

SmokeLong Quarterly is Redesigning

Recently, I've joined the talented team at SmokeLong Quarterly, one of the oldest flash fiction e-journals. I'm climbing aboard at an exciting time. SmokeLong is in the middle of a redesign project that will make the journal more reader-friendly and, well, just better all around.

We're funding the project through a Kickstarter campaign, and we've raised around $2500 of our initial goal of $3000. Just five hundred more to go--but we have only 12 more days to do it (as of September 29). UPDATE: as of September 30, we have reached our initial goal of 3000, but we're not stopping there. With $5000 we can offer the Kathy Fish Fellowiship in 2015!

Rewards include anything from a cyber kiss for a dollar to the opportunity of becoming a character in a published story written by the likes of Sara Lippmann, Amber Sparks, Randall Brown or Laura Ellen Scott for $200. For $50 you can get an in-depth critque of your work from the SLQ staff. For $40 you can get SmokeLong's Best of the First Ten Years anthology--which I'm (gobsmacked to be) in.  

Here are a few reasons you should consider giving a few dollars towards SmokeLong's revamp:

1. You love me.

2. SmokeLong Quarterly has consistenly published tight, provocative sudden fiction by the best writers--both established and emerging--in the genre for over a decade. You might be one of them.

3. SmokeLong has never charged for submitting.

4. SmokeLong has never charged contest fees--which seems economically impossible. How do we do that?

5. SmokeLong has hosted, and would love to continue hosting, the Kathy Fish Fellowship, which benefits emerging writers. This is a very good thing.

6. SmokeLong Quarterly is free. If you want to pay something, though, you can buy SmokeLong Quarterly: The Best of the First Ten Years anthology. It's exceptional. 

6. You love me. You do love me, right?

In case you haven't already gone to the Kickstarter site to check out SmokeLong's campaign, here's the link again:


I must be off,
Christopher :)

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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 Indiana Review, Quiddity, SmokeLong Quarterly's Best of the First Ten Years anthology, Prime Number Magazine, [PANK], Necessary Fiction, and Word Riot. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize twice.