Imagining what it is like to be someone other than oneself is at the core of our humanity. It is the essence of compassion, and it is the beginning of morality.—Ian McEwan
April 1, 2011
 
Upcoming deadline:
The April Family Matters competition closes April 30.
See guidelines.
Open to ALL writers.
Regarding word count: Most submissions run 3,000 to 6,000 words, but can go up to 12,000.
First place wins $1,200 and publication in Issue 83 of Glimmer Train Stories. Second- and third-place winners receive $500/$300 (or if chosen for publication, $700).
Note from the editors on Family Matters.
Essays in this bulletin:
Dana Kroos: In the sky was always the sun and around the sun was a bright blue that flooded down the page a few inches and stopped abruptly at a thick, forbidding line. Children do this all over the world—leave this gap between the land and the sky. (more)
Margaret DeAngelis: I don't know why it took me so long to see the connection between what I did to deepen my spiritual life and what I could do to move forward in my writing life. I heard long ago that when the pupil is ready, the teacher will come. (more)
Matt Lapata: Consider episodic television shows made to draw in new viewers, episodes of House or M.A.S.H., or of longer shows (Lost's "Ab Aeterno" comes to mind, and also the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia musical episode entitled "The Nightman Cometh"). (more)
Results of the January Very Short Fiction Award:
Winners and finalists have been notified, and 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: "Ohio Home" by Matt Lapata
2nd place: "Seven Winters of Teeth" by Jennie Lin
3rd place: "Prisoners" by Rav Grewal-Kök
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