August 1, 2009

In this issue:
Upcoming deadlines and results:
  • The Short Story Award for
    New Writers
    competition closes August 31. We're looking for original, unpublished stories by writers whose fiction has not been presented in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Word count range: 500 - 12,000. First-place wins $1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories Issue 77. Second- and third-place winners win $500/$300 (or, if chosen for publication, $700).
  • Winners and finalists of the May Short Story Award for New Writers have been notified, and the Top-25 list is posted. Our thanks to all of you for letting us read your stories!
          1st place: "Brother Ron" by Noa Jones
          2nd place: "Pretending" by Farley Urmston
          3rd place: "The Great Storm" by Ben Janse
  • A few of you have noticed a change in our submission schedule. We have replaced two of our Family Matters reading periods with Short Story Award for New Writers. Since our inception we have made a point of inviting the work of emerging writers; publishing great stories by new voices is exciting for us. Stories of families are, of course, always welcome so we hope this expansion of new writer opportunities does not exclude many people who have family stories. Our apologies to those of you it does affect.

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Looking forward,

Co-editors and sisters

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