Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled
to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000.
(Entries must not have appeared in any print publication.)

Most entries run from 1,500 - 6,000 words, but
any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome.

Held quarterly. Open to submissions in FEBRUARY, MAY, AUGUST, and NOVEMBER.

  Next deadline: May 31. *

Winners are announced in the May 1, August 1, November 1, and February 1 bulletins, respectively, and contacted directly one week earlier.

Reading fee: $15 per story. Please, no more than three submissions per contest.


  • 1st place wins $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies.
  • 2nd place wins $500 (or $700 and 10 copies, if accepted for publication).
  • 3rd place wins $300 (or $700 and 10 copies, if accepted for publication).

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

Wikipedia describes the "slush pile" as the set of unsolicited manuscripts sent to publishers,
and normally sifted through by young assistants. Susan and I started Glimmer Train
because we wanted to read the great short fiction being written by emerging voices, and
to publish the very best in a handsome print publication that would endure.

When we dive into reading stories, we are prepared to be moved, surprised, and changed;
we are never disappointed. 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.

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