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Open to all subjects, all themes, and all writers.

Most entries run from 2,000 to 8,000 words, but stories from 2,000 to 20,000 words are fine.

Held twice a year. Open to submissions in JUNE and DECEMBER.

  Next deadline: January 2, 2016*


1st place wins $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue.
2nd place wins $1,000 (and 10 copies, if accepted for publication).
3rd place wins $600 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies).

Winners are announced in the September 1 and March 1 bulletins,
respectively, and contacted directly one week earlier.

Reading fee: $20 per story. Please no more than four submissions per contest.

Please make your submissions at Glimmer Train's online submission site.
We look forward to reading your work!

* There is always a one-week grace period.


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 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.

Glimmer Train Press, PO Box 80430, Portland, OR 97280-1430 USA
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