Welcome to our new, more robust, and much easier-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 to actively champion emerging writers.  

(Over the past three years, 56% of our 1st place-winning stories in all categories – and 92% of the 1st place-winning stories of the Short Story Award for New Writers – were their authors’ first print publications!)

2016 ANNOUNCEMENTS:    

  • We’ve expanded (by 50%) the number of months that our submissions are open only to emerging writers.

  • You’ll notice we’ve significantly increased the 1st place prizes in every category.

  • Check out our 2016 SUBMISSION CALENDAR to see what’s changed – we hope you’ll be pleased.

Thank you for sending me those beautiful bookmarks—they arrived with the latest issue, and seeing my words in print, my name on the cover for the first time, made me so full of emotion that I could barely breathe. I will never forget this, my first print publication, and I thank you both for giving me this opportunity.—Lillian Li, 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!

Susan & Linda

                 

Ends on 8/31/2016$ 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 8/31/2016$ 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!