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.

2 comments:

  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". :)

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  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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