If you’re like me, you’ve gotten work published before. Small things in small campus publications, local magazines, tiny literary journals with a circulation of, maybe, 100. Hey, I’m not complaining, it’s a start and it gives me something to pass around at family reunions.
But if you’re like me and want to get a bit of a bigger audience then the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers is for you.
What They Want: Short fiction from 1,500-12,000 words. Not interested in middle-grade or YA stories. CANNOT be previously published. This even means being previously posted on your blog!
Who They Want It From: Writers whose fiction has not been presented in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000
When They Want It: by August 31st
How They Want It: via their online submission manager.
Multiple Submissions Allowed? Yes.
Entry Fee? $15
Prize? First place wins $1,200, publication, and 20 copies of the issue. Second place wins $500 and third place wins $300.
Submission Response Time? You’ll hear back by October 30
This seems to be a rather regular contest–they seem to host it a few times a year–so even if you don’t have anything you want to send in now, keep this opportunity in mind! I’m going to go put it on my writing calendar pronto!