Friday, July 11, 2008

Glimmer Train Stories journal seeking submissions for "Family Matters"

Glimmer Train Press, Inc., of Portland, Oregon, publishes a quarterly journal of literary fiction, Glimmer Train Stories. One of the categories is "Family Matters," and competitions for prizes and publication are held each year in January, April, July and October. Here's some information on the current competition:

"The July Family Matters competition closes July 31. We're looking for original, unpublished stories on family, word count range: 500 – 12,000. First-place wins $1,200 and publication in Issue 72 of Glimmer Train Stories. Second- and third-place winners win $500/$300 (or, if chosen for publication, $700)."

Of interest to memoirists, according to the Glimmer Train website, "This category has stimulated lots of questions about fiction/non-fiction/creative non-fiction, since many people have significant real-life stories they want to write. It seems to us that a substantial proportion of fiction submissions are heavily rooted in actual experience, which is entirely fine with us, but we do want stories to READ like fiction and anything we publish is presented as fiction. (Also, sticking too tightly to "truth" can limit the larger truth that fiction is able to reveal.) I would certainly recommend changing details that would allow the real-life people to say, Hey, that character is--without a doubt--me."

The press's main page is Glimmer Train Press, Inc.. Click on this link for general submission guidelines, Submissions, and this one for specifics on Family Matters submissions, Family Matters

Note: The Press also produces Writers Ask, a journal of advice from published writers.

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