Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Glimmer Train Press Very Short Fiction Contest

Today's forecast for St. Peters: Chance of thunderstorms, high 80 degrees.

The semiannual deadline for the Glimmer Tree Press VERY SHORT FICTION CONTEST if July 31
Reading fee: $15 per story.
Awards: 1st place wins $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, 20 copies of that issue, and a one-year subscription. 2nd/ 3rd-place: $500/$300, respectively.
Open to all writers
Stories not to exceed 3,000 words. (No minimum, but according to their website it's rare for a piece under 500 words to be read as a full story.)
When they accept a story for publication, they purchase first-publication rights. (Once they've published your story, you are free to, for instance, include it in your own collection.)
Visit the Guidelines page of their website for complete details.


  1. Thanks for the tip, Donna. It has been a while since I looked at a Glimmer Train, but I know it has printed some well known authors along with newbies. However, all the contest "reading fees" now seem to be rather high. I remember five dollars... Like all else I guess, the price goes up. However, at $15 a pop, we writers can "go broke" trying before we "break in". :)

  2. You are right; the $15 does seem steep, but on a positive note their cash prizes are substantial. Another positive is Glimmer Train also accepts submissions for their magazine, which don't require a reading fee.


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