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
www.glimmertrain.org  

Ends on August 31, 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 28,000 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

DEADLINE: August 31

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 November 1 bulletin.


We look forward to reading your story!

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

DEADLINE: August 31

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 November 1 bulletin.


We look forward to reading your story!


Glimmer Train Press