Luke and Grace Treaster, c. 1958 (more)

Upcoming deadline:

  • Short Story Award for New Writers.
    First place: $1,500 and publication. Deadline: May 31.
  • Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Guidelines
  • Word count: most submissions to this category run 1,500 to 6,000 words but can go up to 12,000.

Note: There's been a lot of talk in the publishing world about the uneven representation of women and men. We decided to take a look at our own record since, when making publication choices, our attention is always on the story itself. We are very aware as we paginate that issues often seem to weigh heavily one way or another, but we'd never done a tally. On April 11th, we tweeted the numbers we'd quickly gathered from the last half dozen years: 49.27% men, 50.73% women. Now that we've gotten the next issue to the printer, we've taken the time to tally the whole list from our start in 1990, and discovered, maybe not surprisingly at all, this: 49.72% of our contributors are men, and 50.28% are women. Happily, it appears that we can continue to focus on story. Yay!

Essays in this bulletin:
Ella Mei Yon: Start with these images. Just describe them one by one. Think of some more images to add to the list if you can. It doesn't have to be a whole story. Just think about each one of these items and write down what you remember. (more)
Benjamin Percy: I sat down with staff at the USDA, with faculty at Iowa State University. I bought them gallons of coffee and I scribbled my way through a stack of yellow legal tablets. From them I came to understand the slippery science of my subject matter. (more)
Daniel Wallace: On page 7 of The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway mentions that his family is descended from the "Dukes of Buccleuch." I skimmed the rest of the whole book, and never saw another word about these "Dukes." (more)
Michelle Richmond: The freedom proved exhilarating, and the result was No One You Know, a novel about the stories we tell ourselves and those that others tell for us. It's also about math, and the dangers of literary ambition. (more)
Lance Weller: It becomes a matter of trusting my gut to get the words to string out along the page in sentences that make sense and that come together, somehow, to tell a story. (more)
Robert Powers: It requires what one could call a bifurcation of the self—simultaneously becoming two different people, as if there were two of you showing up to work every day. One going about the day's business, the other relentlessly protecting and activating a fertile imagination. (more)

Results of the February 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: Robert Powers for "Maghreb and the Sea"
  • 2nd-place: Christopher Lukas, for "Fifty-nine Approaches to the Novel"
  • 3rd-place: Val Emmich, for "Remember with Me"
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Glimmer Train has been discovering, publishing, and paying 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.