Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 18, 2012

New Writers- Short Story Award Contest

Glimmer Train is one of the most respected short-story journals in print.  They put out a quarterly journal dedicated to discovering and publishing emerging writers since 1990.

Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000.

Most entries run from 1,500 – 6,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome.

They hold quarterly contests and are open to submissions in February, May, August, and November.

Next deadline: November 30.* (always a one week grace period)

Winners are announced in the May 1, August 1, November 1, and February 1 bulletins, respectively, and contacted directly one week earlier.

Reading fee: $15 per story. Please no more than three submissions per contest.


  • 1st place wins $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue.
  • 2nd place wins $500 (or $700 and 10 copies, if accepted for publication).
  • 3rd place wins $300 (or $700 and 10 copies, if accepted for publication).

Please make your submissions at Glimmer Train’s online submission siteGood Luck!

Talk Tomorrow,



  1. Hi, Kathy
    I am just beginning to learn how the world of writing and publishing for children works. I am a sahm of 9, homeschooling. I am completely unpublished – total newbie. I am just working on some ideas I have and trying to learn the ropes.

    Is this Glimmer train thing something I should try to do? I need a shot of confidence, because I’ve never tried anything like this before. Should I go for it or is it supposed to be for people with at least a little experience being published in magazines and such?

    Thanks, and I love your blog, especially the interviews with illustrators. I look forward to them.



  2. Jenny,

    I would skip this one if you are just starting out and focus on some of the free contests in the beginning. You should always go to the site and look to see what has won in the past to see if your style writing is what they might like. Make sure that you read as many books as you can of the type of books you would like to write. That will help you become a better writer. Then I would try to get in a critique group with some other writers who are writing the same types of books. Example: Don’t join a picture book group when you want to write Middle Grade. Then I would look to attend a workshop or conference where you can get a critique of your work. There is so much to learn before you have a chance of beginning successful. It is good that you are looking to learn. That will take you a long way.



  3. Kathy,
    That’s kind of what I thought. Thanks for taking the time to advise.


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