>Million Writers Award Notable Stories of 2004

>Two stories from SmokeLong were selected as notable stories of 2004 in StorySouth’s Million Writers Awards. They are Instructions for a Son upon Finding Something of his Father’s by Robert S. Jersak and Not the Real Jesus Christ by Bob Thurber. The full list of winners is:

42opus
http://www.42opus.com
"In Search Of" by Sarah Layden
http://www.42opus.com/contents/contents.php?iss=v4_2&pg=insearchof

Absinthe Literary Review
http://www.absinthe-literary-review.com
"Bonsai" by Alexandra Fox
http://www.absinthe-literary-review.com//stories/fox.htm

Adirondack Review
http://www.adirondackreview.homestead.com
"Adjustments" by Jared Hegwood
http://www.adirondackreview.homestead.com/hegwood.html

Agni
http://www.bu.edu/agni/index.html
"Bone on Bone" by Jai Clare
http://www.bu.edu/agni/fiction/online/2004/clare-bone.html

AuthorMe.com
http://www.author-me.com
"Strange Fruit" by Monica Arac de Nyeko
http://www.author-me.com/fict04/strangefruit.htm

Arriviste Press
http://www.arrivistepress.com
"One Way or The Other" by Avital Gad-Cykman
http://www.arrivistepress.com/September04/cykmanoneway0904page1.shtml

The Barcelona Review
http://www.barcelonareview.com
"Fatso" by Leelila Strogov
http://www.barcelonareview.com/40/e_ls.htm
"Just Don’t Take the Little I Got" by Eduardo Antonio Parra (Christopher Winks, translator)
http://www.barcelonareview.com/45/e_eap.htm

Barrelhouse
http://www.barrelhousemag.com
"Ryan Seacrest is Famous" by Dave Housley
http://www.barrelhousemag.com/seacrest.html

Bullfight Review
http://bullfightreview.com
"The Earhart-Knievel Party in Room 306" by Lee Klein
http://bullfightreview.com/archive/index1.html

Blithe House Quarterly: queer fiction lives here
http://www.blithe.com
"Christmas In A Minor Key" by Allison Burnett
http://www.blithe.com/bhq9.1/9.1.08.html
"The Mercy Seat" by Trebor Healey
http://www.blithe.com/bhq8.2/8.2.01.html
"Personal" by Kurt Heintz
http://www.blithe.com/bhq8.3/8.3.01.html
"Time, Desire, and Fog" by Etel Adnan
http://www.blithe.com/bhq8.1/8.1.04.html

Carve
http://www.carvezine.com
"Whenever Part of You Breaks" by Anne Leigh Parish
http://www.carvezine.com

Chiaroscuro
http://www.chizine.com
"Dragons" by Laura Anne Gilman
http://www.chizine.com/dragons.htm

Conversely
http://www.conversely.com
"Stolen Biography of a Father" by Valeria Vegas
http://www.conversely.com/Unhin/un026.shtml

dead drunk dublin
http://www.deaddrunkdublin.com
"The Annihilation of the Spectator" by Sean Brijbasi
http://www.deaddrunkdublin.com/stories/sean_brijbasi/annihilation_of_spectator.html

Dead Mule
http://www.deadmule.com
"The Last Ride of General Lee" by Elizabeth Roberts-Hamel
http://www.deadmule.com/content/word.of.mule.php?content_id=965

deathlings.com
http://www.deathlings.com
"The Vampire Tibbles," James Quiggle, deathlings.com
http://www.deathlings.com/tibbles.html

Defenestration
http://www.defenestrationmag.net
"Mr. Crow" by Jonathan Redhorse
first part: http://www.defenestrationmag.net/prose/jredhorse.htm 
second part: http://www.defenestrationmag.net/prose/jredhorse2.htm

Drunken Boat
http://www.drunkenboat.com
"From Me Then to You Now" by David Barringer
http://drunkenboat.com/db6/barringer/fromme.html

Eclectica Magazine
http://www.eclectica.org
"Dreams" by Chika Unigwe
http://www.eclectica.org/v8n1/unigwe_dreams.html
"Errand" by David Taylor
http://www.eclectica.org/v8n3/taylor.html
"The Boy From Bul" by Sylvia Petter
http://www.eclectica.org/v8n3/petter.html
"One Day in the Life of Irene Dennison" by Dennis Kaplan
http://www.eclectica.org/v8n3/kaplan.html
"A Proctor is More Than Just a Reader" by Aaron Sitze
http://www.eclectica.org/v8n2/sitze.html
"Publisher" by Corey Mesler
http://www.eclectica.org/v8n3/mesler.html
"Remade Tobacco" by Joan Shaddox Isom
http://www.eclectica.org/v8n3/isom_tobacco.html
"The Ride Home" by Siew Siang Tay
http://www.eclectica.org/v8n4/tay.html
"Sleight of Hand" by Dennis Tafoya
http://www.eclectica.org/v8n2/tafoya.html
"Thinking of Angel" by Chika Unigwe
http://www.eclectica.org/v8n1/unigwe_angel.html
"Trash" by David LeMaste
http://www.eclectica.org/v8n3/lemaster.html

Exquisite Corpse
http://corpse.org
"The Crowd Forms" by Ali Fahmy
http://corpse.org/issue_12/pets_beasts/fahmy.html
"Midnights" by Jim Hazard
http://www.corpse.org/issue_14/wc_sweat/hazard.html

Eyeshot
http://eyeshot.net
"From the Journal of Mike Shipley, Unfit Parent" by Randall DeVallance
http://eyeshot.net/unfitparent.html
"The Truth About Belafonte Garcia" by Jamie Allen
http://eyeshot.net/belafonte.html
"Variations on a Party" by Charles Ullmann
http://eyeshot.net/ullmann.html
"How to Seduce the Woman of Your Dreams & Make Her Yours Forever" by Scott Bryan Wilson
http://eyeshot.net/seductiontips.html

Failbetter
http://www.failbetter.com
"Sunshine Over Helsinki" by Michael Hartford
http://www.failbetter.com/2004-3/HartfordSunshine.htm
"This Is What Gets Me" by Courtney Weber
http://www.failbetter.com/2004-3/WeberThis.htm

Fiction Attic
http://www.fictionattic.com
"Merciless Daylight" by Michelle Tea
http://www.fictionattic.com/michelletea.html

Fiction Warehouse
http://www.fictionwarehouse.com
"Branch Libraries of Southeastern Brooklyn" by Richard Grayson
http://www.fictionwarehouse.com/yr03/stories/040818.asp
"Bulldozer" by Alex Shishin
http://www.fictionwarehouse.com/yr03/stories/040512.asp?
"Charity" by Stephen Anderson
http://www.fictionwarehouse.com/yr03/stories/041103.asp
"Dear Jenks" by Melissa Checker
http://www.fictionwarehouse.com/yr03/stories/040922.asp
"Scratch" by Sean Conway
http://www.fictionwarehouse.com/yr03/stories/040908.asp
"Vacation" by Johanna Pirko
http://www.fictionwarehouse.com/yr03/stories/040505.asp

Fortean Bureau
http://www.forteanbureau.com
"Another Hollywood Miracle" by Marissa K. Lingen
http://www.forteanbureau.com/nov2004/Lingen/index.html

FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry
http://www.friggmagazine.com
"Arctic Mint Whip" by Philip Alexander
http://www.friggmagazine.com/volumeonearchive/alexanderwhip.htm

Gator Springs
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/fandango.virtual/gator
"Karma" by Susan O’Neil
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/fandango.virtual/gator/dm_page_8.htm
"Riley’s Shoes" by Bob Arter
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/fandango.virtual/gator/ptk_page_14.htm

Gowanus Books
http://www.gowanusbooks.com
"Mr. Gurupadam’s Affair" by Shireen Joanna
http://www.gowanusbooks.com/gurupadam-shireen.html

Hardluck Stories
http://www.hardluckstories.com
"Keely Sings the Blues" by Sarah Weinman
http://www.hardluckstories.com/spr2004-Weinman.htm

HOBART
http://www.hobartpulp.com
"The Novelist" by Tao Lin
http://www.hobartpulp.com/fiction/thenovelist.html
The Apothecary by Alan Danzis
http://hobartpulp.com/fiction/theapothecary.html

Identity Theory
http://www.identitytheory.com
"Curfew" by Ismet Prcic
http://www.identitytheory.com/fiction/prcic_curfew.php
"Just Like Normal Girls" by Kati Bambrick
http://www.identitytheory.com/fiction/bambrick_girls.php
"Obedience" by Michelle Richmond
http://www.identitytheory.com/fiction/richmond_obedience.php

Infinity Plus
http://www.infinityplus.co.uk
"Songs of Leaving," Peter Crowther
http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/songs.htm

In Posse Review
http://webdelsol.com/InPosse
Beds by Cheryl Kidder
http://webdelsol.com/InPosse/19_fict_kidder.htm

Kennesaw Review
http://www.kennesawreview.org
"Waiting for the Abductor" by David LeMaster
http://www.kennesawreview.org/summer2003/lemaster-waiting.htm

The King’s English
http://thekingsenglish.org
"Wednesday" by A’Dora Phillips
http://home.comcast.net/~wapshot1/Winter05/Fiction.Sum04.Phillips.html
"Wonder" by S. M.R. Saia
http://home.comcast.net/~wapshot1/Winter05/Fiction.Fall04.Saia.html
"Escape Velocities" by Jim Snowden
http://home.comcast.net/~wapshot1/Winter05/Fiction.Jan04.Snowden.1.html

Literal Latte
http://www.literal-latte.com
"Just Life, Not Tragedy" by Susan Morehouse
http://www.literal-latte.com/cgi-bin/cginews.pl?record=140

Literary Mama
http://www.literarymama.com
"Dad, In Red" by Sonya Huber
http://www.literarymama.com/fiction/archives/000300.html
"The Dogs of Sayulita" by J.D. Munro
http://www.literarymama.com/fiction/archives/000409.html
"Wild, Wild Horses" by Mary Akers
http://www.literarymama.com/fiction/archives/000289.html

Lit Pot
http://www.literarypotpourri.com
"Dr Dick Somebody" Marc Phillips
http://www.literarypotpourri.com/003_07/Mid_Month.html

Me Three
http://www.methree.net
"Crank Call" by Thomas J. Hubschman
http://www.methree.net/archives/2004/November/hubschmancrank.html

Mississippi Review
"ARSe Poetica" by Adrian Louis
http://www.mississippireview.com/2004/Vol10No2-Apr04/1002-040104-louis.html
"The Cool Aunt" by Laura Ellen Scott
http://www.mississippireview.com/2004/Vol10No1-Jan04/1001-0104-Scott.html
"Jaws" by Julia Elliott
http://www.mississippireview.com/2004/Vol10No1-Jan04/1001-0104-Elliott.html

Monkeybicycle
http://monkeybicycle.net
"My Life at the New York Post" by Richard Grayson
http://monkeybicycle.net/archive/Grayson/post.html
"Social Contract" by Stephen Elliott
http://monkeybicycle.net/archive/Elliott/social.html

Narrative Magazine
http://www.narrativemagazine.com
"Diplomacy" by Don Lee
http://www.narrativemagazine.com/704/lee.htm
"Midland" by Rick Bass
http://www.narrativemagazine.com/stories/bass.htm
"This Flesh, This Ghost" by Lynn Freed
http://narrativemagazine.com/cc/fclick.php?fid=freedhtm
"Toggling the Switch" by Alicia Gifford
http://narrativemagazine.com/cc/fclick.php?fid=giffordhtm

The New Yinzer
http://www.newyinzer.com
"I, Rhonda, Keep Track of the Family Calendar," by David C. Madden
http://www.newyinzer.com/issue31/f_madden.php
"Hush" by Bruce Miller
http://www.newyinzer.com/issue32/f_miller.php

Outsider Ink
http://outsiderink.com
"Axl Akbar" by Sarah Kendzior
http://outsiderink.com/04/fall/kendzior.php
"The Blue Bridge" by Marshall Moore
http://outsiderink.com/04/winter/moore.php

(parenthetical note)
http://www.parentheticalnote.com
"High School Progress Reports Found on the Photocopier" by Julianne Flynn
http://www.parentheticalnote.com/flynn_progressreports.htm

Paumanok Review
http://www.paumanokreview.com
"Black and White" by Brian Howell
http://www.paumanokreview.com/index.php?page=howell
"Second Encounter" by Xujun Eberlein
http://www.paumanokreview.com/5.1/eberlein.html

Pindeldyboz
http://www.pindeldyboz.com
"Bing Crosby Dreaming at the Lamp Post Inn" by Elizabeth Ellen
http://www.pindeldyboz.com/eebing.htm
"Bridges" by Myfanwy Collins
http://www.pindeldyboz.com/mcbridges.htm
"Madame Sabat’s Grave" by Corey Mesler
http://www.pindeldyboz.com/cmgrave.htm
"Monopoly" by Claudia Smith
http://www.pindeldyboz.com/csmonopoly.htm
"Reality Check on Register Two" by Edmund Schubert
http://www.pindeldyboz.com/escheck.htm
"They" by Tara Laskowski
http://www.pindeldyboz.com/tlthey.htm

Plaztik Press Literary Magazine
http://www.plaztikpress.com
"The Story of Her Breasts" by Kirsten Menger-Anderson
http://www.plaztikpress.com/current/story_storyofherbreasts.html

Plots with Guns
http://plotswithguns.com
"Hilly Palmer’s Last Case" by Duane Swierczynski
http://www.plotswithguns.com/HillyPalmer.htm
"Folk Hero" by Laura Ellen Scott
http://plotswithguns.com/FolkHero.htm

Potion
http://www.potionmag.org
"The Only Travel Guide You’ll Ever Need" by Susan Lantz
http://www.potionmag.org/content/lantz.php

The Quarterly Staple
http://www.thequarterlystaple.com
"Heat of the Moment" by Richard Grayson
http://www.thequarterlystaple.com/issue2/heat.htm

Reflection’s Edge
http://reflectionsedge.com
"Possession" by Joshua Moses
http://reflectionsedge.com/archives/dec2004/p_jm.html

Retort Magazine
http://www.retortmagazine.com
"When Pacino’s Hot, I’m Hot," by Robert Levin
http://www.retortmagazine.com/content/05.04/id_lit_levin.htm

Rouse Magazine
http://www.rousemag.com
"Mohammad’s Therapy Monkey" by Richard Grayson
http://www.rousemag.com/040712/grayson.htm

Salon.com
http://www.salon.com
"Anda’s Game" by Cory Doctorow
http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2004/11/15/andas_game/index.html

Scifiction.com
http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/
"This Tragic Glass" by Elizabeth Bear
http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/originals/originals_archive/bear/bear1.html
"Super 8" by Terry Bisson
http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/originals/originals_archive/bisson5/index.html
"The Tang Dynasty Underwater Pyramid" by Walter Jon Williams
http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/originals/originals_archive/williams/williams1.html
"The Wolf-man of Alcatraz" by Howard Waldrop
http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/originals/originals_archive/waldrop6/waldrop61.html

THE2NDHAND
http://www.the2ndhand.com
"Pushkin on the Night Before the Duel" by Wes Kline
http://www.the2ndhand.com/archive/pushkin.html
SHOTS Magazine
http://www.shotsmag.co.uk
"Down to the River" by David White
http://www.shotsmag.co.uk/fiction2004/downtotheriver.html

Shred of Evidence
http://www.shredofevidence.com
"Game On" by Iain Rowan
http://www.shredofevidence.com/nov04/game_on.html
"Geoffrey Says" by Aliya Whiteley
http://www.shredofevidence.com/nov04/geoffrey_says.html

Small Spiral Notebook
http://www.smallspiralnotebook.com
"How to Be a Good Daughter" by Jill Carroll
http://www.smallspiralnotebook.com/Fall2004/jcarroll.shtml
"They Don’t Make Nostalgia Like They Used To" by Richard Grayson
http://www.smallspiralnotebook.com/Fall2004/rgrayson.shtml

Smokelong Quarterly
http://smokelong.com
"Instructions for a Son upon Finding Something of his Father’s" by Robert S. Jersak
http://smokelong.com/flash.asp?id=1355
"Not the Real Jesus Christ" by Bob Thurber
http://smokelong.com/flash.asp?id=1653

Socialist Review
http://www.socialistreview.org.uk
"’Tis the Season" by China Mieville
http://www.socialistreview.org.uk/article.php?articlenumber=9150

Spillway Review
http://www.spillwayreview.com
"Losing the Sundowner" by Stephen Ausherman
http://www.spillwayreview.com/shortsundowner.html

Spoiled Ink
http://www.spoiledink.com
"Judges Of Julliard" by Adam Crowley
http://www.spoiledink.com/FICTION/short_stories_066.php
"Nine Motives" by Franklin Fisher
http://www.spoiledink.com/FICTION/short_stories_077.php
"Ringroad to Immolation" by Tom Sykes
http://www.spoiledink.com/FICTION/short_stories_079.php

Stickman Review
http://www.stickmanreview.com
"The Devil’s Coach-Horse" by Neil Grimmett
http://www.stickmanreview.com/V3N2/contents/grimmett.html

Strange Horizons
http://www.strangehorizons.com
"The Grammarian’s Five Daughters" by Eleanor Arnason
http://www.strangehorizons.com/2004/20040329/grammarian.shtml
"Hold Tight" by Gavin Grant
http://www.strangehorizons.com/2004/20040823/holdtight-f.shtml

The Summerset Review
http://www.summersetreview.org
"Anywhere" by Michael F. Smith
http://www.summersetreview.org/04summer/anywhere.htm
"At Home In The Antipodes" by William Starr Moake
http://www.summersetreview.org/04fall/antipodes.htm
"El Paraiso" by Mark Vender
http://www.summersetreview.org/04summer/paraiso.htm
"Morning on Carre Quitana" by Julie Ann Castro
http://www.summersetreview.org/04fall/quintana.htm

Taint Magazine
http://www.taintmagazine.com
"Muddy Waters" by Peter Markus
http://www.taintmagazine.com

Three Candles
http://www.threecandles.org
"First Thing in the Morning" by Peggy Duffy
http://www.threecandles.org/prose/pduffy.html

Thieves Jargon
http://www.thievesjargon.com
"Cathy’s Clown" by Jeff T. Kane
http://www.pigeonwire.com/thievesjargon/content/workview.php?work=144

The Thrilling Detective Web Site
http://www.thrillingdetective.com
"God’s Dice" by David White
http://www.thrillingdetective.com/fiction/04_04.html

Tryst
http://www.tryst3.com
"Banjo" by Tom Sheehan
http://www.tryst3.com/issue8/sheehan2.html
"Johnson’s March" by Kyle Killen
http://www.tryst3.com/issue8/killen1.html

UndergroundVoices.com
http://www.undergroundvoices.com
"Confessions of a Serial Dater" by Harris Bloom
http://www.undergroundvoices.com/UVBloom.htm

Velvet Mafia
http://velvetmafia.com
"Eaters of Elevation" by Steve Berman
http://velvetmafia.com/13/berman.php
"Rumford’s Fluid" by Sean Meriwether
http://velvetmafia.com/13/meriwether.php

View Unplugged
http://www.viewsunplugged.com
"Look at Me Now" by Thomas J Hubschman
http://www.viewsunplugged.com/VU/20040129/books_beginnings_now.shtml
"Rain in My Heart" by Anjana Basu
http://www.viewsunplugged.com/VU/20040909/arts_shortStory_rain.shtml

Weekly Reade
http://weeklyreader.org/
"My Father Dancing with Marlene Dietrich" by Michael A. Rauch
NOTE: This story is a PDF download.
http://www.weeklyreader.org

Word Riot
http://wordriot.org
"Bio Clock and Nutty Photos" by Julie Shapiro
http://wordriot.org/template.php?ID=163
"The Twins That Burn Eternity Into Your Soul" by Robert Vivian
http://wordriot.org/template.php?ID=480
"The Waking" by Felicia C. Sullivan
http://wordriot.org/template.php?ID=159

writeThis.com
http://www.writethis.com
"Gather and Sing" by Willie Davis
http://www.writethis.com/040.html
"Sour Milk" by Wayne Bowman
http://www.writethis.com/011.html

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Our Mission: SmokeLong Quarterly is dedicated to bringing the best flash fiction to the web on a quarterly basis, whether writtenwidely published authors, or those new to the craft. The term "smoke-long" comes from the Chinese, who noted that reading a piece of flash takes about the same length of time as smoking a cigarette. All the work we publish is precisely that—about a smoke long.
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