Glimmer Train

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Glimmer Train  
Discipline Literary journal
Language English
Publication details
Publication history
Glimmer Train Press (United States)
Frequency Quarterly
Standard abbreviations
Glimmer Train
ISSN 1055-7520
OCLC no. 23298128

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 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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