October 1, 2010
 
Upcoming deadline:
The October Family Matters competition closes
October 31. See guidelines.
Open to ALL writers.
Word count not to exceed 12,000. (Any shorter lengths are welcome.)
First place wins $1,200 and publication in Issue 82 of Glimmer Train Stories. Second- and third-place winners receive $500/$300 (or if chosen for publication, $700).
Note from the editors on Family Matters.
Essays in this bulletin:
Benjamin Percy: The story "Refresh, Refresh" was a game-changer for me, not only because of its success, but because it changed my approach to writing. Now I never hold back. I dynamite the vault and let all my treasure pour out. Every story is an "all in" story. (more)
J. Kevin Shushtari: Nobody can teach you, for example, how to feel compassion; you either do or you don't. Still, not a single person ever asked me why I was going to medical school. Not a single person said medicine can't be taught. (more)
Justin Kramon: I would group the events into "main plot" and "subplots," which helped me see the rhythm of the book, and the way that subplots work in a novel. The biggest difference between the plots of novels and those of stories was the number and complexity of subplots. (more)
Paola Corso: Of course, now I ask myself why I had waited so long to send it out. While I was certainly aware that story collections are more than ever a hard sell these days, I couldn't help but wonder if another part of me unconsciously wanted to honor the family secret. (more)
Results of the July Very Short Fiction Award:
Winners and finalists have been notified, and the Top-25 list is posted! Our thanks to all of you for letting us read your stories!
1st place: "The Vast Garden of Strangers" by J. Kevin Shushtari
2nd place: "The Story Is in the Reflection" by Graham Arnold
3rd place: "In Perfect English" by Nahal Suzanne Jamir
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Glimmer Train Stories, represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize,O. Henry, New Stories
from the South
, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories anthologies.