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Published January 27, 2009
Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories of their November Short Story Award for New Writers competition.

First place: Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig of Austin, TX, wins $1200 for “Monkeys of the Sea”. Her story will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of Glimmer Train Stories, out in February 2010.

Second place: Stephen McCabe of Oshkosh, WI, wins $500 for “The Net of Blue Angels”.

Third place: Marco Fernando Navarro of Flushing, NY, wins $300 for “Enough”.

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here. This competition is held twice a year and is open to any writer who has not had fiction appear in a print publication with a circulation greater than 5000. Click here for guidelines.

Also: Family Matters competition (deadline soon approaching! January 31)

Glimmer Train hosts this competition quarterly for stories about family, and first place brings $1200 plus publication in the journal. It’s open to all writers, and the word count range is 500-12,000. Click here for guidelines.
Published January 26, 2009
2008 Anderbo Poetry Prize

Winner
Kathleen M. Kelley for her poems "The Waiting Room" & "My Real Mother"
She receives: $500 cash
Publication on anderbo.com

2008 Anderbo Poetry Prize Poems of Distinction
"Fugitive Memory" by Penelope Scambly Schott
"Graal" by Carol Quinn
"What Your Life Did While You Were Away" by Leslie Vryenhoek
Published January 19, 2009
N30B Contest Winners
All entrants in the Contest were between the ages of eighteen and thirty.

1st Place: Fisherman’s Daughter by Alita Putnam
2nd Place: Ready by Kara Levy
3rd Place: The West Oakland Project by Alison Yin

Narrative's Third-Person Story Contest, with a First Prize of $3,000, a Second Prize of $1,500, a Third Prize of $750, and ten finalists receiving $100 each, is open to entries of fiction and nonfiction. Entry deadline: March 31
Published September 16, 2008
Glimmer Train announces the three winning stories of our July Family Matters competition:

First place: Nellie Hermann of Brooklyn, NY, wins $1,200 for “Can We Let the Baby Go?”. Her story will be published in the Winter 2010 issue of Glimmer Train Stories, out in November 2009.

Second place: Stephanie Freele of Healdsburg, CA, wins $500 for “Us Hungarians”. Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.

Third place: Rolf Yngve, of Coronado, CA, wins $300 for “Going Back for His Brother”. His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing his prize to $700.

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here. This quarterly competition is open to all writers for stories about family (word count range is 1,200-12,000). Submissions may be sent for the October Family Matters using the Glimmer Train online submissions system at www.glimmertrain.org.

Also: Fiction Open contest (deadline soon approaching! September 30)

Glimmer Train hosts this contest four times a year, and first place is $2,000 plus publication in the journal. It’s open to all writers and all themes, with a word count range of 2,000-20,000. Click here for complete guidelines.
Published May 29, 2008
Glimmer Train has chosen the three winning stories of their March Fiction Open competition! This quarterly competition is open to all writers and all themes. Submissions may be sent for the June Fiction Open using the online submissions system at www.glimmertrain.org.

First place: Frederick Reiken of Shutesbury, Massachusetts, wins $2000 for “Shadow”. His story will be published in the Winter 2009 issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Second place: Yelizaveta Renfro of Sidney, Nebraska, wins $1000 for “Splendid, Silent Sun”. Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Third place: Emma Roper-Evans of London, England, wins $600 for “Rice Dish”. Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.
Published April 25, 2008
Glimmer Train has selected the three winning stories of the February Very Short Fiction competition! This competition is held twice a year for short stories under 3000 words in length:

First place: Cynthia Gregory of Concord, CA wins $1200 for "Melting at Both Ends." Her story will be published in the Summer 2009 issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Second place: Michael Schiavone of Gloucester, MA, wins $500 for “Ghost Pain.” His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing his prize to $700.

Third place: Linda Stansberry of Honeydew, CA, wins $300 for “Home for Good.”

The May Short Story Award for New Writers is now open. Authors are eligible whose fiction has not appeared in a publication with a circulation greater than 5000. Send stories up to 12,000 words using the online submissions system at www.glimmertrain.org.
Published February 23, 2008
Glimmer Train Stories announces their December Fiction Open winners:

First place: Stephanie Dickinson of New York, NY, wins $2000 for “A Hole in the Soup”. Her story will be published next year in Glimmer Train Stories.

Second place: Elizabeth Koch, also of New York, NY, wins $1000 for “Would You and Other Relevant Questions”. Her story will be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Third place: Clark Knowles of Portsmouth, NH, wins $600 for “Boxville, East Boxville”. His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing his prize to $700.

The next Fiction Open deadline is March 31.
Published December 20, 2007
Glimmer Train has selected the three winning stories of their Fall Short Story Award for New Writers! This award is given twice a year to writers whose fiction has not yet appeared in a publication with a circulation greater than 5000.

First place: E. A. Durden of Brooklyn, New York, wins $1200 for “Mr. Dabydeen”. Her story will be published next year.

Second place: Hubert Ahn of West Bloomfield, Michigan, wins $500 for “Korean Wedding”. His story will also be published in an upcoming issue, increasing his prize to $700.

Third place: Patrick Hicks of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, wins $300 for “57 Gatwick”. His story will also be published in an upcoming issue, increasing his prize to $700, as well.

UPDATE: Glimmer Train has offered a 2-day extension to their December Fiction Open. The deadline will be January 2, 2008.
Published October 15, 2007
The Nation announces that Ryan Thoreson of Fargo, North Dakota has won the second annual Nation Student Writing Contest. Thoreson, a 2007 graduate of Harvard University, wrote "Candidates: Leave US Alone," which argues that the electorate's top priority should be the re-establishment of the right to privacy, which has been under siege for decades. Thoreson essay was published in the October 22, 2007 issue of The Nation.

Five finalists were also chosen and their essays are available online:
Jason Kaye, Weston HighSchool, Weston, CT
Ketan Ramakrishnan, MadisonHigh School, Madison,WA
Ned Resnikoff, Middletown High School, Middletown, CT
Daniel Mootz, Carlisle HighSchool, Carlisle, PA
Alyssa Battistoni, Stanford University


**Attention student activists! If you're involved in organizing an event on your campus or in your community and would like to distribute free copies of The Nation, click here.**
Published October 08, 2007
The Humanist Essay Contest is geared toward exposing students in grades 9-12 to humanism and issues of importance to humanists while financially helping these young scholars advance in their studies. Prizes are awarded for originality of thought, sense of emotional engagement, clarity and quality of presentation, amount of research evidenced, and future potential shown by the author. Deadline of March 3, 2008.

Shadow Massacre
by J.B. Marek
Humanist Essay Contest
1st Place Winner 2007

"I always forget them after I kill them." These are chilling words from a bold and intrepid leader known the world over. This youthful hellion led a surefooted band of ruffian orphans through hostile territory seeking blood and revenge. They crept noiselessly along warpaths, silent as shadows, disappearing as quickly as rabbits. Who is this indomitable commander with the courage to challenge a lion, the ability to hear danger in his sleep, and the ruthlessness to chop off a man's hand?

He is a child, the notorious Peter Pan.

[. . .]

Although J.M. Barrie died in 1937, he would not be surprised if he were alive today to hear that many teenage rebels in Sierra Leone were often scared of what Singer refers to as the ruthless "small-boy" units. And yet, while Barrie's character Peter Pan sees many tragedies during his make-believe adventures, he forgets them all. Peter Pan and his cadre of orphans are galvanized by their short memory and the innocence of youth provided by the author. The child soldiers in Sierra Leone had no such protection. They are scarred for life by the violence forced upon them.

[Read the rest of this 17-year-old's compelling essay here.]
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