Gretchen McGowan, 1946
November 1, 2011
Upcoming deadline:
The November Short Story Award
for New Writers
closes November 30.
See guidelines.
Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000.
Word count: Most submissions run 1,500 to 6,000 words, but can go up to 12,000.
First place wins $1,200 and publication in issue 86 of Glimmer Train Stories. Second- and third-place winners receive $500/$300 (or, if chosen for publication, $700).
Essays in this bulletin:
Daniel Torday: "This is good. I mean, it's fine. The language is nice. But to be honest, I think you just need to sit more. Sit and think deeply about these characters more." And I thought… how exactly does one do that? (more)
Karen Malley: I developed the habit of listening closely to the words of people who are at the end of their rope, or have been to the end of their rope and climbed back up, or have let go of the rope and walked away. (more)
Michael Schiavone: I don't write today because of Google and Facebook, Hulu and FailBlog. I don't write today because of Craigslist. Because it's sunny. Because I should be outside. Because the page is blank and I'm terrified. (more)
Laura Oliver: Sometimes the territory is a time, as it can be for historical novelists. Territory can be a form or an element that seems to show up in every story. The early works of John Irving, for example, seemed to invariably include wrestling. (more)
Results of the August Short Story Award for New Writers:
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: "Roof Dog" by Karen Malley
2nd place: "The Rickman Digression" by Anne Walsh Miller
3rd place: "Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Please" by Adva Levin
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