January 9, 2010
Upcoming deadline:
The January Very Short Fiction closes January 31. This category is open to original, unpublished stories of all subjects and themes. We welcome yours! See guidelines.
Entries should not exceed 3,000 words. (Any shorter lengths are welcome.) 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).
Editors' Take on Very Short Fiction Submissions.
Essays in this bulletin:
Lee Martin: If you're really a writer, as opposed to just wanting to be one, you’re dedicated to the work for the joy of it. You make it a part of the life you choose to live. Whatever happens from that point on happens… Of course, I didn't believe any of this when I was starting out. (more)
Michelle Richmond: I arrived in Costa Rica with little more than an idea for a novel, the first impressionistic strokes of an opening scene. As it turned out, my second-floor studio was too beautiful, the setting too sublime, my fellow colonists too interesting. (more)
Results of the October Family Matters competition:
Winners and finalists have been notified, and the Top-25 list is posted, and here are the Honorable Mentions. (note) Our thanks to all of you for letting us read your stories!
1st place: "Torture Techniques of North Americans" by Lee Montgomery
2nd place: "A Difference of Nothing" by Graham Arnold
3rd place: "The Sadness That Radiates From God" by Maggie Shipstead
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