Glimmer Train Press Short Fiction Contest 2017

Publish Date: Apr 26, 2017

Deadline: Apr 30, 2017

This handsome triannual continues to actively champion emerging writers.

Forty percent of all the stories presented in the last year were their authors' first stories accepted for print publication. We know how much goes into writing a story you care about, and it is our great pleasure to read your work. Glimmer Train tries to set the bar for treating writers with respect.

One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train continues to actively champion emerging writers. The magazine is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, New Stories from the Midwest, the O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, Best of the West, New Stories from the Southwest, Best American Short Stories, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading.


We two sisters Susan & Linda genuinely welcome new writers, and are happy to consider any original short story that has not appeared in a print publication. (Previous online publication is fine, but please no novels, poetry, or stories written for children.) One of our greatest pleasures is being the first to present—in print—a wonderful story by an emerging voice.

We pay writers generously for accepted stories and publish them in a highly regarded physical publication where great short stories persist in the real world.

Every submission in every category is read by us, and we don't stop reading for a competition just because we've found a good story. 

We maintain two Standard (minimal-fee) reading periods a year. Contact us if the $2 ​processing ​fee is a hardship. No one should be prevented from submitting their work for lack of funds.

If you read Glimmer Train Stories, you know that we go to some lengths to honor and support our contributors and their writing.


We have five submission categories from which to choose, including our standard category ($2 processing fee, and payment for accepted pieces is $700), and four contests (1st place prizes from $2,000 to $3,000 are made possible by reading fees). Contest vs. standard.

Short Story Award for New Writers (1st place - $2,500):

Welcome in January/February, May/June, and September/October.
Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Previous online publication is fine.) Most entries run from 1,000 to 5,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome.

Very Short Fiction (1st place - $2,000):
Welcome in March/April and July/August.
We invite any length stories from 300 to 3,000 words.

Fiction Open (1st place - $3,000):
Welcome in March/April and July/August.
Open to all subjects​ ​and themes. Most entries run from 3,000 to 6,000 words, but we invite stories from 3,000 to 20,000 words.

Family Matters (1st place - $2,500):
Welcome in November/December.
Calling for stories about families of all configurations. Most entries run from 1,000 to 5,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome.

Standard Category ($700):
Welcome in May and November.
Open to all. $2 processing fee. Maximum word count: 12,000. Any shorter lengths are welcome.

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