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Upcoming deadline:

  • New Writer Award: 1st place $1,500 and publication in Issue 97. Deadline: 5/31.

  • (Because the site was down briefly last week, the grace period for the April Very Short contest has been extended to 5/10.)
  • Winners and finalists will be announced in the August 1 bulletin, and contacted directly the previous week.
  • Second- and 3rd-place winners receive $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for publication, $700. Writing Guidelines
  • Most submissions run 1,500 - 6,000 words, but stories up to 12,000 words are fine.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay; please just notify us promptly if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • We're always on the lookout for great stories by emerging writers, but this category is open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation larger than 5,000.
  • I've always admired your magazine and I can't think of a better home for "Stowaways." This is just the beginning of my writing career, and I'll never forget that my first break was with Glimmer Train.—Joseph Chavez
Essays in this bulletin:
Lillian Li: No creature remains passive under all circumstances; at some point, it must attempt to jump free. And it is in capturing the precise temperature of the water when a character jumps out that captivates me. (read more)
Christine Sneed: In the novel, the two women meet at a summer studio class that Jayne begged her parents to help her pay for during the break between her junior and senior years at a college in Washington, D.C. I had to verify… (read more)
Courtney Sender: As a short story writer embarking on my first novel, I had braced myself for the problem of sheer length. I anticipated the near-impossibility of navigating characters beyond page twenty-five without "falling into hugeness," as Cynthia Ozick called novel-writing. (read more)

Results of the February New Writer Award

Winners and finalists have been notified, the Top 25 list is posted, and here are the Honorable Mentions. Our thanks to all of you for letting us read your stories!

  • 1st place goes to Lillian Li for "Parts of Summer." Publishes in Issue #96.
    This will be her first print publication!
  • 2nd place goes to Alex Wilson for "I Come from Killers."
  • 3rd place goes to Camille Baptista for "Hide and Seek and Hide."
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