Frank Mitchell & Helga Burmeister Mitchell, c 1940.

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  • Family Matters. 1st: $1,500, and publication. Deadline: March 31.

  • A bit of 2013 data as we report the results of the December Fiction Open: 7 of 12 of our 2013 1st-place winners were women—please don't feel bad, guys, it all goes in waves—and 8 of 12 winning stories were those authors' 1st fiction publications.
  • Most submissions come in at 1,500-6,500 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome.
  • Winners and finalists will be announced in the June bulletin, and contacted directly by May 27th.
  • Please note: The next Family Matters contest will be held in October. Writing Guidelines.
  • There are certain people in our lives, for instance, who can say just a few words—I love you, I hate you, I'm mad at you, you've disappointed me—that suddenly cause the chemistry in our bodies to change. It makes our heart race. Literally the words can change us at the chemical level.—Ben Marcus, interviewed by David Naimon
Essays in this bulletin:
Courtney Sender: Writing can be a means through which no experience of the writer's is ever wasted. (read more)
Beth Ann Fennelly: Sometimes, I sense the person's hoping for an answer that confesses marriage counseling, a 12-step program, maybe a citation for domestic disturbance. The truth is far less scintillating: (read more)
Andrew Porter: I always tell my students that they should never give up on a story out of frustration. If they lose interest in a story, that's one thing. If their initial impulse to tell the story is gone, that's fine. (read more)

Results of the December 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 Courtney Sender for "Even Angels Are Astonished."
    Publishes in Issue #93. This will be her first major print publication.
  • 2nd place goes to Celeste Ng for "Every Little Thing."
  • 3rd place goes to Andrew Robinson for "Greater Love."
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  • Every story published in Glimmer Train is unsolicited. And every year, we pay out over $50,000 to fiction writers.