We'll be accepting stories through May 15, 2019. and publishing our final issue in October of 2019!  (See full details.) We happily anticipate reading like mad over the year ahead!

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. 

Visit www.glimmertrain.org to see our complete Submission Calendar.

You know, it's funny—people always ask how much we get paid as writers, like that's what matters. Getting a piece published in Glimmer Train doesn't have a price tag. The money is wonderful, but boy, the publication is a dream in itself.—Spencer Hyde, 1st place Very Short Fiction Winner, 2015 

We are eager to read your stories!

Susan & Linda  

Sisters and co-editors


Emerging writers are welcome in ALL categories, but this category is exclusively open to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5000. (Entries must not have appeared in any print publication.)

Most entries run from 500 - 4000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome.


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

READING FEE: $18 per story.


This contest is held in March/April and September/October, with these deadlines:

April 30 | October 31 

There is always a ten-day grace period.


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

July 1 | January 10

We look forward to reading your work!

Wikipedia describes the "slush pile" as the set of unsolicited manuscripts sent to publishers, and normally sifted through by young 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. We look forward to reading your work.

Glimmer Train Press