Paying authors well for their work, and publishing a high quality journal turned out to be more expensive than we had anticipated. Contest fees do help, especially in making substantial prizes possible for winning stories, and subscriptions help a LOT. We encourage and deeply appreciate your support—without you, Glimmer Train would have neither the means or reason to exist.
People often ask why we call it Glimmer Train. We'd sat down one afternoon over pizza and beer, wondering what we might name the magazine, and we started talking about our lives as we do, and thought how crazy it was that we were embarking on such an adventure. We'd certainly never anticipated it, though in retrospect we could see that there had been glimmers of it. And, despite not knowing where, exactly, we were going or how we'd get there, we were going full steam ahead.
Writers submit nearly 40,000 stories a year these days, mostly standard submissions, and—thankfully—nearly everyone submits via our online system, saving trees, postage, and wondering about delivery. Susan and I read all online submissions ourselves, and we do it seven days a week. Pretty much heaven for two sisters who love to read.
Warm regards to you from us both. -linda