February 1, 2012


Upcoming deadline:

  • The Short Story Award for New Writers closes February 29. This category is open to original, unpublished stories of all subjects and themes. We welcome yours! See guidelines.
  • Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared (nor is scheduled to appear) in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Submissions must not have appeared in any print publication.)
  • Word count: Most submissions run 1,500 to 6,000 words, but can go up to 12,000.
  • Note: The first-place prize has been increased to $1,500, and, of course, includes publication in Glimmer Train Stories! Second- and third-place winners receive $500/$300 (or, if chosen for publication, $700).
Essays in this bulletin:
David Goguen: If you're in love with writing, you spend a lot of time on slippery ground. Going it alone may work for some people, but I suspect it's more of a default setting than a measured decision. (more)
Yelizaveta P. Renfro: Draw out the plot on a piece of paper and think about who will be buried where. Who is already buried there? For whom are the other spaces reserved? Who will be next to whom? Who gets the space under the oak? (more)

Results of the November Short Story Award for New Writers:

Winners and finalists have been notified, 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: David Goguen for "Old Teeth"
  • 2nd-place: Allison Frase Reavis for "Episodic Tremors"
  • 3rd-place: James Wheeler for "The International Typographers Union"
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Glimmer Train has been discovering and publishing emerging writers since 1990.
  • Every story published in Glimmer Train is unsolicited. Of the stories accepted last year, 86% came directly from the author.
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