Glimmer Train: New Writer Award

Upcoming deadline:

New Writer Award: 1st place $2,500 and publication. Deadline: 6/30. (The Fiction Open and Very Short grace periods end on 5/10.)

Dorothy Howland Burmeister in Bellmore NY, 1947

Open only to emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Previous online publication is fine.)

The 1st-place winner will be published in Glimmer Train and will receive $2,500 and 10 copies of that issue. Second- and 3rd-place win $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for publication, $700. Winners and finalists will be announced in the September 1 bulletin, and contacted directly the previous week.

Most submissions run 1,000 – 5,000 words, but stories as long as 12,000 words are fine. Writing Guidelines

Once you start writing, you start listening really carefully, looking at everything around you really carefully, and the world opens up in wonderful ways because you’re paying so much attention to everything you’re exposed to.—Lee Smith


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