Dorothy with her mother and brother, 1949.
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Upcoming deadline:

  • Family Matters. First place: $1,500 and publication. Deadline: 10/31
  • Open to stories about families of all configurations. We look forward to reading yours.
  • Most entries run 1,500 to 6,000 words, but stories of any length up to 12,000 words are welcome.
  • Winners and finalists will be announced in the January bulletin, and contacted directly by December 23rd.
  • Writing Guidelines
  • The work of the fiction writer is to think in terms of opposites, to reveal what his or her characters may not even know about themselves, to get at what Faulkner called "the old verities and truths of the heart."—Lee Martin
Essays in this bulletin:
Abby Geni: A male narrator, to balance the plethora of female voices. An elderly character. The third person, since the first person was threatening, as always, to take over the whole show. The present tense, for a change. An icy climate, for once. (read more)
Justin Kramon: The aspect of teaching you struggle most with is the idea that, as a teacher, you're an authority on writing. You don't feel like an authority on writing. To claim authority on writing seems like claiming authority on parenting or healthy living. (read more)
Kimberly Bunker: As soon as I changed methods—when I started chasing after ideas, when I started "perspiring," because that's what real writers do—the words became more elusive. (read more)
R. Clifton Spargo: None of the twenty-plus biographies about the Fitzgeralds offers more than a few sentences on the Cuba escapade. It's a lost chapter in a great and troubled love affair. And it was that scenario—the "hole in history"—that first drew me inside the story. (read more)
Catherine O'Flynn: Sometimes the gap between one generation and the next can seem particularly wide. This is often the case with older parents, but also sometimes with immigrant parents and their children too. (read more)

Results of the July Very Short Fiction Award

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: Kimberly Bunker for "Number 41"
  • 2nd place: Analisa Raya-Flores for "The Boys Like Bones"
  • 3rd place: Natasha Friedman for "The Holy Spirit Descends Over Kansas"
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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: Best of the Small Presses, New Stories from the Midwest, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, Best of the West, and Best American Short Stories.
  • Every story published in Glimmer Train is unsolicited. And every year, we pay out over $50,000 to fiction writers.