Welcome to our robust and genuinely easy-to-use story submission system!  

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!

Glimmer Train’s 2017 Submission Calendar

Now that I've regained my composure a little, I want to thank you for the gigantic boost you've given me. You probably hear this from everyone who places in the Short Story Award for New Writers, but at the risk of boring you: Every time one of my stories dies halfway through draft two, every time a friend says, "I don't get it," every time I open a rejection letter, I'll think back on our call and know I'm allowed to return to my desk and keep plugging away at the thing I love. That knowledge is life-changing.—Gillian Burnes, 1st place winner of GT's Short Story Award for New Writers

One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train Stories is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small PressesNew Stories from the MidwestThe O. Henry Prize StoriesNew Stories from the SouthBest of the West, New Stories from the Southwest, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Best American Short Stories.

We are eager to read your work! (And we read all submissions ourselves.)

Susan & Linda

Sisters and co-editors
www.glimmertrain.org

Ends on April 30, 2017$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, 2017$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!