"The Very Short Fiction" Writing Contest 2016

Publish Date: Jul 06, 2016

Deadline: Aug 31, 2016

About contest

Two sisters 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. writer/reader comments.

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. (the slush pile).

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.

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.


The Very Short Fiction Contest is open to all writers.
Any story that has not appeared in a print publication is welcome.
We invite any length stories from 300 to 3,000 words.

Reading fee

  • 1st place - $2,000 | publication in Glimmer Train Stories | 10 copies,
  • 2nd place - $500
  • 3rd place - $300

*Or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies of that issue


Winners will be contacted directly one week prior to public announcement in our bulletins:

March/April contest announces July 1.
July/August contest announces November 1.

For more information click "Further official information" below. 

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