Ends on August 31, 2018

$21.00 USD


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.


  • 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


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.


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!