SmokeLong publishes flash fiction up to 1000 words.
The SLQ aesthetic remains an ever-changing, ever-elusive set of principles, but it most likely has to do with these kinds of things:
- *language that surprises
- *narratives that strive toward something other than a final punch line or twist
- *pieces that add up to something, oftentimes (but not necessarily always) *meaning or emotional resonance
- *honest work that feels as if it has far more purpose than a writer wanting to write a story
We have a special place in our hearts, more often than not, for narratives we haven't seen before. For the more familiar stories—such as relationship break-ups, bar scenarios, terminal illnesses—we tend to need something original and urgent in the writer's presentation.