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Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Ron Currie, Jr. wins Young Lions Award
As reported in The Sun this morning, Ron Currie, Jr. (The Captain, issue 13) was awarded the Young Lions Award at the New York Public Library Monday night for his incredible book, God Is Dead. Winners from previous years include Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation; Monique Truong, Book of Salt; Anthony Doerr, The Shell Collector; Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated; Colson Whitehead, John Henry Days; and Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves.

Other finalists this year were Ellen Litman, The Last Chicken in America; Peter Nathaniel Malae, Teach the Free Man; Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears; and Emily Mitchell, The Last Summer of the World.

Congratulations, Ron!

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Monday, April 28, 2008
FRiGG is five years old!
They're not making much (any) ado about it, but the latest issue of FRiGG Magazine is number 20. And they're quarterly. Do the math...

Happy fifth birthday, FRiGG!

As always, it's a dynamite issue, featuring short fiction by Daphne Buter, Scott Garson, Michael Leone, Mark McLaren, and Gabriel Orgrease; and poetry by Terri Brown-Davidson, Cheryl Chambers, Thylias Moss, Kristine Ong Muslim, and Joseph R. Trombatore.

Go! Read!


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Sunday, April 27, 2008
If you are a storyteller with terrific penmanship, you might consider submitting to Keyhole's intriguing By Hand issue. Here's the info:

We're looking for hand-written poetry, fiction, or anything else literary.

If you have the ability to scan documents, feel free--send to (also include a separate .doc file with text).

If you can't scan yourself, mail to:

1307-B 15th Avenue South,
Nashville, TN 37212.

Keep the size in mind. The journal is 6x9 inches. Write on any paper size but keep text within a 6x9 area. May use multiple pages if necessary. Write it out on any surface that can be scanned. Illustrations are welcome too.

If we get a good response we want to put out an extra, completely hand-written issue.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
In Profile: Writer J.M. Patrick

SmokeLong contributor J.M. Patrick is profiled at the Writer Profile Project. Her story "Portrait of a Mother Beforehand" appeared in issue 17. Click here to read about the school where she learned to juggle and ride a unicycle, how her family has reacted to the dysfunctional families in her fiction, her definition of success, and more.
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Monday, April 21, 2008
I've just started covering the Seattle literary scene for Check it out. And if you have Seattle lit news you'd like shared, let me know!

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Friday, April 18, 2008
Elizabeth Ellen at 3:AM Magzine

Smokelong Contributor Elizabeth Ellen has three new flashes at 3:AM, titled "Broken," "Borrowed Time," and "Some Women Like to Travel." "Broken" is my favorite of the bunch, and includes this especially witty exchange:

"You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war," you said and I thought about how I'd already read that on the bumper of your car.

"I'm not preparing for war," I said, "I'm preparing for defeat."

"Either way," you shrugged.

I uncrossed my arms; let them fall limply at my sides. I wanted you to put back on the porkpie hat. Without it you looked too much like every other man I knew. I was no longer sure you were capable of overseeing the atrocities I wished you to inflict upon me.

As usual, Elizabeth's got killer dialogue and sharp narration to spare. Also, a gentle reminder: Her new chapbook, Sixteen Miles Outside of Phoenix, is now available as part of the collection A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness, along with chapbooks by Amy Clark, Kathy Fish, and Claudia Smith.

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Katrina Denza in wigleaf and Storyglossia
What a treat! Here is an excellent flash by the darling and dear Katrina Denza at wigleaf--soap--and a wonderful (generous) interview with her at Storyglossia.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008
Word Riot
The April issue of Word Riot is live:

Prose by Thomas Boulan, Mary Bowers, Jean-GĂ©rald Charbonneau, Jon
Chopan, Gabe Durham, Brian Foley, James Francis, Jack Harris, Melissa
Ruby and James Terry

Poetry by R. A. Allen, Joe Balaz, Jak Cardini, Richard Donnelly, Scott
Drinkall, Kenneth Gurney, Lara Konesky, Janice Krasselt Tatter, Chris
Major and Kirk Pinho

Reviews of SALUD: Selected Writings by Curt Johnson; BLUE RIBBONS: At
the County Fair by Ellaraine Lockie; Cervena Barva Press; No Way Out
But In by Don Winter

An interview with David F. Hoenigman by Kenji Siratori

WR Fiction Editor Timmy Waldron offers his best short story bets for the month


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Monday, April 14, 2008
Randall Brown Wins Flume Press 2007-2008 Fiction Chapbook Contest
SmokeLong is hugely proud of Randall Brown, whose flash fiction chapbook, Mad to Live, has won Flume Press's 2007-2008 Fiction Chapbook Contest. Previous winners of this contest include Sherrie Flick, whose I Call This Flirting Randall cites as "a big influence on my writing short shorts."

Congratulations, Randall!

We'll post more here about details of purchasing the book as soon as it's been released.

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Friday, April 11, 2008
Dunbar Village
I read this post on galleycat this morning. The story of the attack is horrific, to say the least--I'm outraged as a human being and brought to my knees as a mother.

Here is a link to the ebay auction where you can vote on such items as story and novel critiques from well-known authors and collections of books.
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Tuesday, April 08, 2008
My Review of Kim Chinquee's Oh Baby
My review of Kim Chinquee's Oh Baby, a collection of flash fictions and prose poems, can be read at my website. Kim previously appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly with her stories Attic (Issue Five) and Holiday Inn (Issue Nineteen, and one of my favorite of her stories).


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Night Train Firebox Fiction
It's easy to forget to let folks know about the great flash fiction that's being published regularly at Night Train, under the label "Firebox Fiction." They don't post it all in one issue that comes out monthly or quarterly. Rather, they post a new flash almost every week. Yesterday, a new piece by Scott Doyle was posted. In March, flashes by Merle Drown, Michael Jauchen, Antonios Maltezos, and Michael P. McManus were published, along with an interview with Jai Clare, AND their full issue 8.1. If you've not yet read Night Train, I strongly urge you to go check it out. Rusty Barnes, Alicia Gifford, Cami Park, and company put out an amazing publication chock-full of great writing.

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Monday, April 07, 2008
Quick Fiction 13
I'm not sure if I've spoken here of my absolute love for Quick Fiction, but if I haven't, I should have. The content is phenomenal, the issues are adorable, and the subscriptions are cheap. They have their latest issue out now, and it features Jack Anderson, Ryan Blacketter, Aaron Burch, Kim Chinquee, Myfanwy Collins, Avital Gad-Cykman, James Grinwis, Yuka Igarashi, Toshiya Kamei, Jeff Landon, Michael K. Meyers, Mary Miller, Christopher Orlet, Aimee Pokwatka, Scott Provence, Matthew Salesses, David Schuman, Claudia Smith, Ben Stein, Terese Svoboda, and Mark Yakich.

How much do I love Quick Fiction? The number of flashes I now write in a year can typically be counted on one hand. Assuming one of those fingers is good enough for me to want to see it in print, it's going to be submitted to Quick Fiction. Seriously: if you don't already have a subscription, get one.


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Friday, April 04, 2008
insolent rudder
New issue of insolent rudder is live. Includes flash fiction by Ginnetta Correli, Stephen Leonard, Elizabeth Striebel, Anne Meredith Vannatta, and Bonnie ZoBell, with Maryanne Stahl in the Author Spotlight.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Online Writing: The Best of the First Ten Years
Snow*vigate is publishing an anthology of online writing, edited by Doug Martin and Kim Chinquee. We just learned that Jeff Landon's Five Fat Men in a Hot Tub and Chad Simpson's Miracle are among the stories to be included. Doug Martin is periodically updating the list of authors on Snow*vigate's MySpace page. As of today, the list includes:

Brian Evenson, Michael Martone, Susan Henderson, Kim Chinquee, Noah Eli Gordon, Peter Conners, Mark Yakich, Jeff Landon, Norman Lock, Robyn Art, Mark Tursi, Joanna Howard, Lily Hoang, Brian Beatty, Bruce Covey, Brian Clements, Steve Davenport, Sheila Murphy, Kevin Sampsell, H. Tavel, Claudia Smith, George Looney, Corey Zeller, Jaya Savige, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Chad Simpson, Arielle Greenberg, Matt Hart, Max Winter, Daniel Grandbois, Anthony Tognazzini, Jamey Dunham, Pamela Miller, Megan R. Anderson Ham, Jessica Dyer, Christine Boyka Kluge, Christy Effinger, Matthew Brennan, David Baratier, Derek White, Carol Novack, Peter Markus, Sara Long, Rebecca Eggleston, Robert Lopez, John Bradley, Joshua Corey, Barbara Jacksha, Nicola Mason, Alexander Long, Sandra Beasley, Richard S. King, Cooper Esteban, Christopher Barnes, Kathy Fish, Ted Pelton, Theodore Worozbyt, Darla Crist, Girija Tropp, Jennifer Chapis, Gail Siegel, Liesl Jobson, Darby Larson, Erin Pringle, Davis Schneiderman, Victor Gischler, Jessica Newman, Jon Bonomo, and several more to select.

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the short review Issue 6
The latest edition of the short review is up, with reviews of collections by Susan DiPlacido, Patrick Chapman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Sylvia Petter, Ray Bradbury, Heather Beck, Karen Russell, S. Yizhar, and anthologies edited by Susie Bright and John Klima. Also, interviews with Sylvia Petter, Patrick Chapman, Heather Beck, and Susan DiPlacido.


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Hobart Annual Baseball Issue
One of my favorite lit mag journals of the year just went live. Here's what editor Aaron Burch has to say:
Because the MLB jumped the gun and started a little early, we missed Opening Day, but here we are with our annual baseball issue.

Perhaps our most popular issue of the year, we've super-sized this year, with a full roster of nine! The update includes stories and essays by Andrew Bomback, Andrew Ervin, Roy Kesey, David Kramer, Nick Mainieri, Daniel McArdle, Jim Ruland, Grant Stoye, and an interview with C.J. Hribal. We also have a new special feature: a whole bullpen's worth of haikus! Check out the issue now and get excited about baseball all over again!

And check out our last five years' worth here:


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Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Top Ten Page Views for March 2008
John Leary jumps back into the top spot again, with a challenge from an old powerhouse. And a bunch of stories from the latest issue start getting much-deserved attention.

1. (3) Ten Very Short Stories by John Leary (3/15/07)
2. (8) Pornography by Steve Almond (6/15/05)
3. (NR) The Cockroach by David Barringer (3/15/08)
4. (2) The Off-Season by Jami Attenberg (12/15/07)
5. (NR) Trestle by Matt Briggs (3/15/08)
6. (NR) Worried & Wondering by Aaron Burch (3/15/08)
7. (6) Holiday Inn by Kim Chinquee (12/15/07)
8. (NR) Dead Dog Rising by Kate Hill Cantrill (3/15/08)
9. (1) 8x10 by Elizabeth Ellen (12/15/06)
10. (NR) The Last Stop by Jenny Halper (3/15/08)

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Vestal Review Issue 33
Vestal Review Web issue 33 is up, featuring previously unpublished stories by Robert Olen Butler, David M. Valin, Molly McCaffrey, Audrey Colombe, Gordon Grice and William Reese Hamilton.

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Flash Fiction Flash Newsletter
A note from Pamelyn Casto:
I have a major project in the works and I'd like to get as many new subscribers as I can. I want to use the newsletter to announce the publication of an upcoming project (a project that will be of help and interest to all writers of flash fiction). Please ask all interested writers to subscribe by sending a blank email message to Thanks for your help on getting more subscribers.

Even without the project Pamelyn alludes to, I highly encourage writers of flash fiction to subscribe to her newsletter. It's emailed monthly and contains a ton of useful information on markets for flash.

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