We recently launched our first collection of microfiction, Smoke One. It contains the best entries from our inaugural international competition. Susan Lloy is a writer who lives in Montreal, Canada. Her story 'Wishful Thinking' is included in the collection, which is available for puchase here. You can hear her reading from another of her recently … Continue reading Where there is Smoke
Daniel Young is the winner of our first Smoke international microfiction competion. Here he tells the origin story of Dalian Blood Futures, the piece which took the prize. Dalian what futures? The origin story. by Daniel Young I used to work for an investment bank (don’t hate me, my self-loathing is quite sufficient to cover … Continue reading Dalian what futures? The origin story.
Akis Papantonis is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cologne. He has published prose in English and Greek literary magazines, and has translated Miroslav Penkov's short stories and Raymond Carver's poems into Greek. For his first book, the novella Karyotype (Kichli, 2014), he was awarded the Anagnostis 2015 First Book Award. We are really please to have Akis's … Continue reading Akis Papantonis
First prize - Dalian Blood Futures by Daniel Young Runners Up Zoo by Robbie Arnott and What is a Hornet by Patrick Lenton Highly Commendeds A Transformation by Peter Timms A World by Jasmine Searle Lights That Never Go Out by Akis Papantonis Green by Miriam McGarry Wishful Thinking by Susan Lloy Hope Floats by … Continue reading Who Won Smoke One?
There were, at last count, almost four and half billion indexed web pages on the Web. Even my smartphone’s Kindle app holds more texts than a Renaissance princeling could have accumulated over a lifetime. We all sense it, don’t we: words marching across every surface and every screen in serried rows, enclosing our attentional commons. All … Continue reading On Microfiction, by Geordie Williamson
The Big Smoke is what people who are not from London call London. Tadhg Muller is not from London, yet altogether a Londoner. For now that is true geographically, and forever in another way, whether he likes it nor not. I wonder if he ever called us the Big Smoke? If he did, he probably … Continue reading The Big Smoke – Sean Preston
There is some suggestion that no one is quite sure why SMOKE is called SMOKE. At least that's what our chief editor Rachel Edwards suggested in a interview with the Australia Broadcasting Commission. There have been some very clever allusions to all sorts of possibilities but as it goes for an origin, they are frankly … Continue reading smoke smoke smoke by tadhg müller
The first thing Muller asked me was what I thought of the name Smoke? Excellent, I said. It’s not fire. It’s not ashes. It’s gone with the wind. There’s something cunning about it: smoke and mirrors. Legerdemain. Something more than meets the eye, like being alone in a room with the sound of someone breathing. … Continue reading Judge Adam Smokes
What is SMOKE? It’s many things: carbon and other particles suspended in the air, a cloud or a column in the atmosphere, the vapour formed by heat on moisture… a Persian cat, something that sticks out of your mouth, an erstwhile coffin nail, smoke is everything you see in its formless, fluid, manifestations, that make … Continue reading Smoke is live
Sholeh Wolpe is a wonderful poet and translator, hailing from Iran, currently residing in LA, via the UK and Trinidad, where she was sent to live with her aunt at age 13. Her work, while contemporary, is part of a centuries' long Persian love and respect for poetry, and in this interview, recorded in Gaungzhou, … Continue reading Sholeh Wolpe and the contemporary essence of Persian poetry