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 28 years - to actively champion emerging writers. (Fully half of the coming year, our submissions will be open only to emerging writers.) In the past seven years, over 80% of the 1st place stories in our Short Story Award for New Writers were their authors’ first print publications!

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

We invite you to visit www.glimmertrain.org to see our complete 2018 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


Short Story Award for New Writers (Deadline for submissions is 2/28/18.)       

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

We are eager to read your stories!

Susan & Linda

Sisters and co-editors
www.glimmertrain.org

Ends on April 30, 2018$21.00
$21.00

CONTEST GUIDELINES

Open to all subjects, all themes, and all writers! Most entries run from 3000 to 6000 words, but we invite stories from 3000 to 20,000 words.

PRIZES

  • 1st place wins $3000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies.
  • 2nd place wins $1000 and, if accepted for publication, 10 copies.
  • 3rd place wins $600 or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies.

READING FEE: $21 per story

DEADLINES

The Fiction Open is held twice a year and is open to submissions in March/April and July/August with the following deadlines:

April 30 | August 31

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

We look forward to reading your story!



Ends on April 30, 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. 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, with the following deadlines:

April 30  |  August 31

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

We look forward to reading your story!

Ends on April 30, 2018$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!