Aunt Helga in the hat, with her brother Henry just behind. Hamburg, 1925. Two years later they would leave for America.

Upcoming deadline:

  • We're at the mid-point of the first (very) big Short Story Award for New Writers of the year.
    Deadline: 2/29/16

  • First place wins $2,500 and, of course, publication in Glimmer Train.
  • Open only to emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5000.
  • Winners and finalists will be announced in the May 1 bulletin, and contacted directly the previous week.
  • 9 out of the last 10 1st-place winners were their authors' 1st print publications.
  • Writing Guidelines
  • We've all been there: a moment when something of such import happens that the space life allows for it seems too small.—Josh Weil
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you've had a computer crash that caused you to lose work you submitted at our old submission site, NOW (before 2/15, when the old site will cease to be) is the time to recover it.
Essays in this bulletin:
Gabe Herron: You have to forget time because it's going to take how long it takes, not one minute longer, not one minute less. (read more)
Carrie Brown: I'm interested in how shockingly difficult it is to be good. And I'm interested in our failures in that regard—exactly how we fail and why, how we console ourselves and others, how we forgive ourselves and others, how we fail to forgive. (read more)
Stephanie Soileau: I believe in storytelling as a way to map and explore the ambiguities of human experience, and it is this belief that motivates me as a fiction writer. Stories have given me a language to express the contradictions in my own experience, and because… (read more)
George Rabasa: The fragrant mess is being constantly stirred, the recipe changing, if not hour by hour, certainly from one week to the next: memory agitates, imagination warps, new stuff is learned and enters the mixture. (read more)

Results of the November Short Story Award for New Writers

Winners have been contacted, as have the Top 25 and Honorable Mentions. Our thanks to all of you for letting us read your work—what an extraordinary and moving batch of stories!

  • 1st place goes to Gabe Herron for "Suzette."
  • 2nd place goes to Sam Miller Khaikin for "A Working Theory of Stellar Collapse."
  • 3rd place goes to Cady Vishniac for "Move."
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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, New Stories from the Southwest, 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.