Last Chance to Ride the Glimmer Train

Glimmer Train, one of the most respected short-story journals in print, is closing, but they have an open call for their last four issues. A paying market, the magazine has been published by two sisters for nearly 30 years. They pay writers over $50,000 a year (almost 3/4 of that to emerging writers). They will be accepting stories for print publication for the next 12 months.

A message from one of the sisters and founders of Glimmer Train:

When we started Glimmer Train in 1990, it was partly because we wanted new writers to have a real chance at being published, and because we were looking for a different kind of short fiction.

We wanted to read (and we read every submission ourselves) and publish memorable stories that revealed a wider and deeper view of what it means to be human. The stories that you’ve sent us over the years have shown us so many perspectives and possibilities—they’ve opened our hearts to the lives and worlds you’ve revealed to us, which we would not have known without you.

Then, after nearly thirty years, we will begin a new phase of our lives with our husbands and families—still sisters and next-door neighbors, still avid readers looking back in history and forward, wondering, and discussing last night’s dreams during our morning walks.

No subscribers will be left in a lurch—we’ve been careful not to let people renew beyond Glimmer Train Issue 106 or Writers Ask Issue 85.

If there are subscribers who did manage to renew beyond those issues, they will be refunded. No authors will be left in the cold either: We will fit in every story we accept for publication in Issue 106, latest.

We will be open to submissions for the next twelve months. The final issues of Glimmer Train Stories (#106) and Writers Ask (#85) will be out in the fall of 2019.

We wanted you to know well in advance so you can make your plan, particularly those of you who value the physicality and longevity of books, the knowing that they’ll be preserved in the Library of Congress, as well as on our shelves.

We look forward to immersing ourselves in your stories over the next year, publishing as many emerging writers as we can, and presenting our readers with some of the best short fiction they’ll ever find.

Glimmer Train is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small PressesNew Stories from the Midwest, the O. Henry Prize StoriesNew Stories from the SouthBest of the WestNew Stories from the SouthwestBest American Short Stories, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading.

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