AND WE'VE BEEN AROUND SINCE 1990
NOTE: Glimmer Train is pulling out of the station. We closed to submissions at midnight on May 15, 2019, and will cease operations on December 15, 2019.
Every submission in every category is read by us, and we don't stop reading for a competition just because we've found a good story. (the slush pile)
Stories are published in a handsome print publication where great fiction enjoys a physical existence that will persist. (Online publication is a great avenue for writers, too, but we think an exceptional story deserves a long life and a place in the Library of Congress.)
Each story we publish is accompanied by two pages that focus on the author as a person. (Most serious writers are curious about the creators of the stories they love.)
We are open to stories on all subjects and themes and, as long as a story is also literary, we gladly welcome genre-esque work as well.
Simultaneous submissions are fine. Just let us know promptly, please, if your story is accepted elsewhere.
We're happy to consider stories that have appeared on a blog, an online magazine, or in Kindle (or other self-published) form as long as fewer than 75 copies have been sold.
Our contracts are simple, sensible, and fair. YOU own your story. When a story is accepted for publication, we are buying first-publication rights. Once we've published your story, you are free to, for instance, include it in your own collection. (Publishers are always happy when subsets of a book they are considering have previously been published by reputable literary publications.)
Writers are paid generously for accepted stories ($700 - $3,000) and we pay upon acceptance.
We maintain two Standard (minimal-fee) reading periods a year. Contact us if the $2 processing fee is a hardship. No one should be prevented from submitting their work for lack of funds.
We still accept snail-mail submissions from those for whom online submission is difficult.
If you read Glimmer Train, you know that we go to some lengths to honor and support our contributors and their writing.
We also publish Writers Ask, an inexpensive, no-frills, topic-centered publication for writers who are committed to creating meaningful literary fiction. This publication is packed with the wisdom and perspectives of accomplished authors, many of whom teach in creative writing programs around the country.
Because many writers yearn for a greater sense of community and for opportunities to learn from fellow writers, our free bulletins give you updates on deadlines and such, but they also present a handful of helpful essays by writers for writers.
We respect your privacy and your right to claim what quiet and reflective time you can get. Glimmer Train never shares your information with anyone, and our publications contain no advertisements.
We welcome the opportunity to read your work!