I’m Eliot Li, and I live and write in California. I’m a Submissions Editor at SmokeLong Quarterly.

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Publications (Fiction):


“Regrets I’ve Had As A Father” in Barren Magazine

“All Those Moments Will Be Lost In Time” in Hex Literary

“You Lament The Lack Of Asian Actors In American Cinema” in Reckon Review

“The Autopsy Technician Student” in Five South

“Wild Ke-Bah Si Ko Mushrooms” in Variant Lit

“What I’m Thinking About When I’m Making Out With Someone Of My Own Race For The First Time” in Spry

“DEAR MAN/Deer Man” in Twin Pies Literary

“The Uber Driver Whisks My Teenage Daughter And I Away” in Versification

“Charlotte Sometimes” in Fractured Lit Anthology II

“Yellowstone” in The Margins


“Lunar New Year” in Juked, March 2023

“The Yeti Who Lives Alone In The California Suburbs” in MoonPark Review, March 2023

“Onsen” in HAD, March 2023

“Another Fencing Tournament In Columbus, Ohio” “Only The Most Delicate Gossamer Keeps A Warm Body From Turning Cold” and “We Have Grave Concerns About Joy” in Flash Boulevard, March 2023

“Why Max And Ying Decided To Make A Sex Tape” in Passages North, February 2023

“There’s A Shit Monster In The Shape Of Your Father, Moaning On Your Bathroom Tiles” in Janus Literary, February 2023

“Bison Paddock” in Ekphrastic Review, January 2023

“Family Therapy” in FIve Minutes, January 2023

“The Forbidden City USA, Circa 1942” in Peatsmoke, January 2023


“Scaring The Monster Back Into The Ocean” in HAD, December 2022

“The Magic Kingdom” in Necessary Fiction, December 2022

“Slow Eruption” in Ghost Parachute, December 2022

“Mr. Ah Yup, Of The Mongolian Race, Applying For Naturalization” in South Florida Poetry Journal (nominated for Best Small Fictions), November 2022

“Asian American Battle Royale” in Emerge Literary Journal (nominated for Best Small Fictions), October 2022

“Hunan Homes” in Cheap Pop, October 2022 (nominated for Best Microfiction)

“How I Spent My 25th Year College Reunion” in The Dribble Drabble Review, October 2022 (nominated for a Pushcart Prize)

“Looking Forward To Sharing Laughter And Fun Times” in SmokeLong Quarterly, September 2022

“It Took Courage For My Disowned Mother To RSVP Yes To My Uncle’s Wedding” in Citron Review, September 2022

“Genetically Predetermined Chemical Imbalances” in CRAFT Literary, August 2022 (nominated for Best American Science Fiction And Fantasy)

“It’s Hard For Mother To Be Alone Again” in Reflex Fiction, August 2022

“I’ll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours” in New Flash Fiction Review (Runner up for 2022 New Flash Fiction Prize, nominated for Best Small Fictions), August 2022

“Octopus Joy” in Maudlin House, July 2022

“Maybe I’m A Bad Father For Feeding Her Junk Food, But The Doctor Told Me To Do It” in Gone Lawn, June 2022

“Asphyxiophilia” in trampset, June 2022 (nominated for Best Small Fictions)

“#51 Bus To Chinatown” in Flash Flood, June 2022

“Shrapnel” in Vestal Review, June 2022 (Nominated For Best Of The Net and a Puschcart Prize)

“Ancient Chinese Ritual Art” in Scrawl Place, April 2022

“The Risk Of Death From This Procedure Is Minimal” in Orca Literary, April 2022 (nominated for Best Small Fictions)

“Hold Pressure” in SmokeLong Quarterly, March 2022

“Dissident” in pidgeonholes, March 2022 (nominated for Best Microfiction)

“Tell Billy To Do His Homework” in Bending Genres, February 2022

“Stars and Stripes” in Litro Magazine, February 2022

Guangxi56″ in Atticus Review, January 2022 (nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for Best Small Fictions)


“A Place Of Comfort” in Cleaver, December 2021 (Nominated for Best Small Fictions)

“Last Seen Normal” in Pithead Chapel, December 2021

“Barbara Prepares Her Husband’s Meal” in Tiny Molecules, December 2021

“Cicadas” in Lunch Ticket, December 2021

“The Hungry Ghost” in Gordon Square Review, December 2021

“Her Teeth” in Flash Frog, November 2021 (Nominated for a Pushcart Prize)

“Dignity” in New World Writing, October 2021

“Barbarians” in The Pinch, October 2021 (Click below to hear story read by author) (Runner up in The Pinch Fiction Award 2021)