December 1, 2010
The December Fiction Open closes January 2. See guidelines.
Open to ALL writers. First place has gone to beginners with no previous publications and to accomplished, established writers. All are welcome. Word count range: 2,000 – 20,000. (Yes, a 2,000 word piece can compete against a 20,000 word piece—it's the story that counts.)
First place wins $2,000 and publication in Issue 82 of Glimmer Train Stories. Second- and third-place winners receive $1,000/$600 (or if chosen for publication, $700).
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Essays in this bulletin:
Lisa Catherine Harper: Fiction asks kids to figure things out. It requires that they remember. It urges them to consider how one event leads to another. It demands that they slow down, maintain focus, develop an idea. It asks them to think in complete sentences. (more)
Lydia Fitzpatrick: Iím pretty new to the writing life, and, on especially tough days, those days when the whole world seems to take on the pallor of a blank Word document, I start devouring how-to books and interviews and essays just like this. (more)
Results of the September Fiction Open:
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: "In a Library, in Saltillo" by Lydia Fitzpatrick
2nd place: "Leaving Home" by Andrea Scrima
3rd place: "A Dodgy Version" by Brenden Wysocki
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, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories anthologies.