Antonio Micelli's summer cabin on Long Island, 1937.

Dear reader and writer,

Upcoming deadline:

  • The Very Short Fiction competition (1st place wins $1,500 and publication) closes July 31.
  • Very Short Fiction Writing Guidelines.
  • Entries should not exceed 3,000 words, but any short lengths are welcome.
  • Open to all writers. We look forward to reading your work!
Essays in this bulletin:
Danielle Lazarin: I remember advice I received from Dan Chaon while studying fiction at Oberlin. At the end of a semester, he wrote to me: "There's a very specific world that only you can write about, a map that only you can make… (more)
Andrew Porter: If they lose interest in a story, thatís one thing. If their initial impulse to tell the story is gone, that's fine. Those are both legitimate reasons to put a story to rest. But if they're giving up on a story simply because it's not… (more)
Stefanie Freele: Terrific ideas that float into your head right before bed will not be remembered in the morning. At least, in my case, they vanish. Same with while driving, hiking, biking, showering. The ideas disappear and rarely visit me again. Must carry pen/paper almost everywhere. (more)

Results of the April 2012 Family Matters competition

Winners and finalists have been notified, the Top 25 list is posted, and here are the Honorable Mentions. Our thanks to all entrants for letting us read their work!

  • 1st place: Danielle Lazarin for "Spider Legs"
  • 2nd place: Pam Durban for "The Tree of Knowledge"
  • 3rd place: Tom Paine for "Oppenheimer Beach"
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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.
  • One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize, New Stories from the Midwest, O. Henry, New Stories from the South, Best of the West, and Best American Short Stories anthologies.