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Glimmer Train Stories

About Glimmer Train Stories: Discovering, publishing, and paying emerging writers for literary short fiction since 1990.

Contact Information:

PO Box 80430

Portland, Oregon 97280

Phone: (503) 221-0836



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: year-round Response time: 6-12 weeks Payment: yes (see website) Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 1055-7520 Founded: 1990 Issues per year: 4 Distributors: Small Changes, Ubiquity Average pages: 210 Sample copy (postpaid): $14 Copy Price: $14 Subscription (Ind/Inst): $38

Publisher’s Description: We genuinely welcome new writers and are happy to consider any original short story that has not previously enjoyed print publication. Authors of accepted stories are paid generously and their work is published in a broadly distributed and highly regarded physical publication that persists in the real world and beyond the next post.

Every online submission in every category is read by us, and we don't stop reading for a contest just because we've found a good story. We also have three Standard (no-fee) reading months a year, so no one will be prevented from submitting their work for lack of funds. (The Slush Pile, Reader/Writer Comments)

If you read Glimmer Train, you know that we go to some lengths to honor and support our contributors and their writing. We hope you’ll let us read yours! Writing Guidelines. We welcome your submissions here.

In a recent Best American Short Stories, of the top “100 distinguished short stories,” six appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, second only to the New Yorker. Of those six, two were those authors’ first stories accepted for publication. Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers is offered in the months of February, May, August, and November, and is open to any writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation greater than 5000.

Recent issues:

The Fall 2014 issue of Glimmer Train features stories by Joseph Chavez, Siamak Vossoughi, Melissa R. Sipin, Mehdi Tavana Okasi, Sean Padraic McCarthy, Eugene Cross, Elizabeth Kadetsky, Kim Brooks, Robert Powers, Gil Filar, E.A. Durden, and an interview with Junot Diaz by David Naimon.

This special double issue of Glimmer Train (90, Spring/Summer 2014) features stories by Vi Khi Nao, Christpher Marnach, Perry Janes, Tom Paine, Adam Schuitema, Chad Schuster, Erin Kate Ryan, Ben Fowlkes, Lee Martin, June R. Edlestein, Jan Delury, Christpher Bollen, Katherine Heiny, Tom Dibblee, George Makan Clark, D.S. Sulaitis, and an interview with Jennifer Egan by Jeremiah Chamberlin.

The Winter 2014 issue features stories by Natalie Sypolt, Manual Muñoz, Devin Murphy, Amina Gautier, Matthew Ducker, Josh Swiller, David James Poissant, Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, Doug Lawson, and Austin Smith, plus, David Naimon interviews Ben Marcus.


last updated 08/14/2014