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  • Fiction Open. 1st place wins $2,500, and publication. Deadline: January 2.
  • NOTE: We are reorganizing our submission calendar for 2014. This will be the last Fiction Open until June. (Details to follow in the January bulletin.)
  • The 1st-place winner will be published in Issue 93 and will receive 20 copies of that issue. Second- and 3rd-places win, respectively, $1,000 and $600 (or, if published, $700).
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  • "A writer is someone who, embarking upon a task, does not know what to do… The not-knowing is crucial to art, it is what permits art to be made. Without the scanning process engendered by not-knowing, without the possibility of having the mind move in unanticipated directions, there would be no invention."—Donald Barthelme
Essays in this bulletin:
Mark Hitz: I'll admit that when Glimmer Train asked me to write a short essay on craft I hesitated. I enjoy conversations about these matters with other writers, friends, concerned citizens, but I certainly do not feel qualified to bestow any specific writerly insight upon a greater audience. I have only my own preoccupations. (read more)
Joan Wickersham: Whether or not the story is literally true, we all recognize it as the truth. The idea is there, in its sudden beautiful burning entirety, and then we go to answer the phone or the doorbell, or check e-mail or buy cat food or take a shower or sleep, and the idea is gone. (read more)
Carrie Brown: The word ekphrasis, comes from the Greek ek and phrasisout and speak. It conjoins the twin impulses of writers to divest themselves of the story within them, to get it out, as it were, or to draw it out of something or someone, and to do so in words, with language. (read more)

Results of the September 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 goes to Mark Hitz for "Shadehill," which will appear in Issue #92.
    This will be his first published work.
  • 2nd place goes to Elizabeth Kadetsky for "What We Saw."
  • 3rd place goes to Brenda Peynado for "We Work in Miraculous Cages."
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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.