August 3, 2010
Upcoming deadline:
The August Short Story Award for New Writers closes August 31. See guidelines.
This category is open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. First place wins $1,200 and publication in Issue 81 of Glimmer Train Stories. Second- and third-place winners receive $500/$300 (or if chosen for publication, $700).
We welcome your original, unpublished stories!
Note: We sure apologize for any frustration caused by our site having been down several hours on the 31st, the last day of the Very Short Fiction competition. For those who were trying, but unable to make a submission during that timeframe, we have extended the usual 7-day grace period to 10 days. (You can always log in and check My Submissions to confirm that your work is in the queue.)
Essays in this bulletin:
Charles Baxter: I imagined for myself a scene—let's say a bar around eleven-thirty at night, it's getting late. You know, the fans are rotating in the ceiling. Most of the people have gone and someone is sitting there, telling me things that are amazing and true. (more)
Olufunke Grace Bankole: I have yet to outline a story from beginning to end. I say it's because I don't know how; I know it is because I just have to work my way through the layers. I don't know what I’m writing until I've tried to write it. (more)
Peter Ho Davies: In Flaubert's Parrot, Barnes talks about his character's admiration for Flaubert and the fact that Flaubert was a writer who never wrote the same book twice. I like that. Who has the time to write the same story twice? I'm not taking a long career for granted necessarily. (more)
Tom Grimes: Readers are not moved by incidents alone; they are moved by the meaning of the incidents that have changed the way you understand your life in a way that you previously hadn't. (more)
Results of the May Short Story Award for New Writers:
Winners and finalists have been notified, and the Top-25 list is posted! Our thanks to all of you for letting us read your stories!
1st place: "26 Bones" by Olufunke Grace Bankole
2nd place: "Entirely Different Places" by Joe Vastano
3rd place: "The Pig Roast" by Natalia Cortes Chaffin
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Looking forward,

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Glimmer Train Stories, represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize,O. Henry, New Stories
from the South
, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories anthologies.