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Final days in Hamburg before leaving for America, 1927

  • Very Short Fiction Award: 1st place $1,500 & publication in Issue 96. Deadline: 10/31.

  • Maximum word count: 3,000. Reading fee is $15 per story; please, no more than three submissions per category. Writing Guidelines.

    When in doubt, which is where you'll be living your life as a writer of all your work, short or long, write something simple and follow it out past knowing…listen.—Ron Carlson

  • Second- and 3rd-place winners receive $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for publication, $700.
  • The results of the Very Short Fiction Award contest will be officially announced in the January 10th bulletin, and finalists will be contacted directly by 12/23.
  • The September Family Matters grace period ends on October 7.
Essays in this bulletin:
Claire Luchette: We laughed with admiration at the woman, kooky as she might be, because we wanted stories too. We wanted material, narratives of afternoons, plots to relay to our friends, and then to write down later or call each other up and laugh. (read more)
Elizabeth Kadetsky: All told, I spent seven years working on the nonfiction project. I felt lost. I spent much of that seven years turning leerily from my piles of research documents and answering the call of short stories. (read more)
Ron Savage: Let me tell you a story about a story. I had sent out a story of mine, off and on, for five years. I thought it was a terrific story but nobody wanted it. (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 goes to Claire Luchette for "Full." This will be her first published work of fiction.
  • 2nd place goes to Omid Fallahazad for "Arrested."
  • 3rd place goes to Louise Blecher Rose for "Deus Ex Machina."
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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 American Mystery Stories, 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.