April 1, 2012

We're happy to announce that the 1st-place prize for the April Family Matters contest has been increased to $1,500 and, of course, includes publication in Glimmer Train Stories.

Upcoming deadline:

Dorothy (Howland) Burmeister
66 Eimer Avenue, Brooklyn, 1946
  • The April Family Matters contest will welcome your original, unpublished story submissions through April 30.
    See Writing Guidelines.
  • 2nd- and 3rd-place winners receive $500/$300, respectively, or, if chosen for publication, $700.
  • We are looking for stories about families of all configurations. Itís fine to draw heavily on real life experiences, but it must read like fiction and all stories accepted for publication will be presented as fiction.
  • Peter Ho Davies: The instinct to lay fiction over the top of history, if you like, is simply the instinct to understand why certain things happen. (more)
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Amalia Melis: It is unbearable to watch people so desperate, so lost, so much Greece's problem, so much our problem, and there were not enough volunteers today. There are no words for what awaits this place. Thanks to our politicians this is the new world order in little old Greece. (more)

Results of the January Very Short Fiction Award

Winners and finalists have been notified, the Top-25 list is posted, and here are the Honorable Mentions.

  • 1st-place: Brad Beauregard for "What's Kept"
  • 2nd place: Kim Brooks for "Year's Time"
  • 3rd place: Weike Wang for "A Flock of Geese Heading East"
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