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Glimmer Train is an American short story literary journal. It is published quarterly, accepting works primarily from emerging writers. Stories published in Glimmer Train have been listed in The Best American Short Stories, as well as appearing in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and anthologies for New Stories from the Midwest, New Stories from the South, and Best American Short Stories.[1] The journal holds 12 short story fiction contests a year, paying out over $50,000 on an annual basis.[2]

Glimmer Train  
DisciplineLiterary journal
Publication details
Glimmer Train Press (United States)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Glimmer Train
OCLC no.23298128


Glimmer Train was founded in 1990[3] by Linda Swanson-Davies and her sister, Susan Burmeister-Brown, in Portland, Oregon.[4] While the journal receives over 40,000 submissions per year, only about 40 stories are published (a rate of 0.001, or 1/10 of 1%).

Burmeister-Brown advises writers to: "Unplug yourself from the hurly-burly of life on a regular basis so your subconscious has time to make some good compost."[5]

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  1. ^ On Track With Glimmer Train The Review Review. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "Glimmer Train Wants Timeless Stories From New Voices | Poets and Writers". Retrieved July 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Zachary Petit (May 12, 2010). "12 Literary Journals Your Future Agent is Reading". Writer's Digest. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  4. ^ How to Get Published in Literary Magazines: Interview with Glimmer Train Stories
  5. ^ Every Writers Resource

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