Gretchen and Bob in photo booth, 1928

Upcoming deadline:

  • Short Story Award for New Writers
    1st place wins $1,500 and publication.
    Deadline: February 28.
  • Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000.
    Writing Guidelines
  • Winners and finalists will be announced in the May 1 bulletin, and contacted directly one week earlier.
  • We are eager to read your stories!
    Slush Pile
Essays in this bulletin:
Aria Beth Sloss: I cried when I got to the last page. Not because I was disappointed or impressed, but because I had no idea I'd written such a sad story. Nor did I realize I'd written something so full of longing. (more)
Steve Adams: Edith Wharton and Truman Capote wrote in bed. Virginia Woolf wrote standing in a room of her own. Philip Roth writes standing, but in a studio physically separated from his living quarters. (more)
Christopher Marnach: Our 21st Century apocalypses have all proven false, every one of them the product of charlatans, believed and awaited by sad people with a relish they never brought to living. So it is with our perpetually impending End of the Literary World. (more)
Susan Jackson Rogers: Each time, I have to remember: Start small. Why doesn't "starting small" feel like real writing? Really, there isn't any other way to start. One small word and then another and then a whole sentence, and then another. (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. This was a great batch of stories—our thanks to all of you for letting us read your work!

  • 1st place: Christopher Marnach for "Death Week at the Funeral Card Company"
  • 2nd place: Joseph Chavez for "Stowaways"
  • 3rd place: Elise Winn for "After Ida"
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Glimmer Train has been discovering and publishing emerging writers since 1990.
  • 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.
  • Every story published in Glimmer Train is unsolicited. And every year, we pay out over $50,000 to fiction writers.