Upcoming deadline:


  • Fiction Open. First place: $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train. Deadline: June 30. (NOTE: The grace period for the Short Story Award for New Writers has been extended to 6/10 since there was a technical hangup yesterday, for which we apologize!)
  • Open to all writers. Any story that has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in a print publication is welcome.
  • Winners and finalists will be announced in the September 1 bulletin, and contacted directly one week earlier.
  • Writing Guidelines
  • Do not be afraid to tell the truth. The reader will understand the risk you've taken, and be appreciative. And you will grow as a writer and a person.—Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, interviewed by Teresa Burns Gunther
Essays in this bulletin:
Melissa R. Sipin: I start them like poems. I begin with a phrase, a saying, a moment, anything that has permeated my mind and has stayed with me, left me breathless, confused, and wanting more. (read more)
Edwin Rozic: Some of the things of our stories are taken from the formaldehyde of our personal mythologies, pungent objects that preserve places and emotions for us, but using them, taking them out of the jar and exposing them to the elements, can be corrosive. (read more)
DM Gordon: Maybe this exposes how I struggle, but at least the drafts prove I've been tenacious and curious. One version is often a switch in point of view. It's amazing to me how both troublesome and enlightening that basic element can be. (read more)
Joe Vastano: Thematically speaking, polyphonic stories are designed to conclude with a crescendo, which allows all voices to release their energetic potentials in a definitive statement; a transporting climax intended to lift the piece into the sublime. (read more)

Results of the March Fiction Open

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: Melissa R. Sipin for "Walang Hiya, Brother"
  • 2nd place: Elizabeth Genovise for "Us vs. They"
  • 3rd place: Soma Mei Sheng Frazier for "Charlie Golf, Charlie Golf One"
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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.