We know how much goes into writing a story you care about. Glimmer Train tries to set the bar for treating writers with respect, and continues - after 27 years - to actively champion emerging writers. (Fully half of the coming year, our submissions will be open only to emerging writers.)Over the past four years, 88% of the 1st place stories in our Short Story Award for New Writers, and 48% of winning stories in all categories were their authors’ first print publications!

Although the gender balance shifts widely issue to issue, over those same four years, it has been exactly 50/50!

We invite you to visit www.glimmertrain.org to see our complete 2017 Submission Calendar

I can't thank you enough for picking “Rare Items From the Universe” [Erin’s first publication]. It was at such a crucial time for me and has served as a kind of encouragement this last year that’s unparalleled. So much goodness has come my way because of it. In fact, I just signed with an agent in New York who first reached out to me after the announcement. Thank you.—Erin Rose Belair, winner of our May/June 2016 Short Story Award for New Writers

The following categories are now open to submissions: 

Annual Family Matters Contest (Deadline for submissions is 1/2/18.)

1st place wins $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train.

Very Short Fiction Award (Deadline for submissions is 1/2/18.)

1st place wins $2,000 and publication in Glimmer Train.

Standard Category (Deadline for submissions is 11/30/17.)

Stories accepted for publication in Glimmer Train will be paid $700.


We are eager to read your stories!

Susan & Linda

Sisters and co-editors
www.glimmertrain.org

Ends on November 30, 2017$2.00
$2.00

WRITING GUIDELINES

Word count: 12,000 words, any shorter length stories are more than welcome. Open to all writers.

DEADLINES

This category accepts submissions in April and November with these deadlines: 

April 30 | November 30

PROCESSING FEE: $2 

Contact us if this fee presents a hardship. No one should be prevented from submitting their work for lack of funds.

PAYMENT

$700, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of that issue.

NOTIFICATION

Results will be sent by email within 18 weeks of the submission deadline.

We look forward to reading your work!











Ends on January 2, 2018$16.00
$16.00

WRITING GUIDELINES

The Very Short Fiction Award is open to all writers. Any story that has not appeared in a print publication is welcome. (Previous online publication is fine.) Word count range: 300 - 3000.

PRIZES:

  • 1st place wins $2000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies.
  • 2nd place wins $500 or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies.
  • 3rd place wins $300 or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies.

READING FEE: $16

DEADLINES

This contest is held in March/April and July/August and November/December, with the following deadlines:

April 30  |  August 31 | January 2

NOTE: All contest deadlines have a one-week grace period.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS

Winners will be contacted directly the week before the public announcement in our bulletins, which will be on these dates:

July 1 | November 1 | March 1

We look forward to reading your story!

Ends on January 2, 2018$18.00
$18.00

WRITING GUIDELINES

We are looking for stories about families of all configurations. It's fine to draw heavily on real-life experiences, but the work must read like fiction and all stories accepted for publication will be presented as fiction. Sticking too tightly to "fact" can limit the larger truth that fiction is able to reveal. Give your story the leeway it needs in order to find its own life. And, if your story is closely related to your actual experience, it is wise to change details that would allow the real-life people to say, Hey, that's me!

Most entries run from 1000 to 5000 words but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome. Any story that has not appeared in a print publication is welcome. (Previous online publication is okay.)

PRIZES

  • 1st place wins $2500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies.
  • 2nd place wins $500 or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies.
  • 3rd place wins $300 or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies.

READING FEE: $18

DEADLINE: 

The Family Matters contest is held annually in November/December, with this deadline: January 2. 

NOTE: All contest deadlines have a one-week grace period.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS

Winners will be contacted directly the week before the public announcement in our March 1 bulletin. 

We look forward to reading your story!

Wikipedia describes the "slush pile" as the set of unsolicited manuscripts sent to publishers, and normally sifted through by inexperienced assistants. Susan and I started Glimmer Train because we wanted to read the great short fiction being written by emerging voices, and to publish the very best in a handsome print publication that would endure.

When we dive into reading stories, we are prepared to be moved, surprised, and changed; we are never disappointed.