When we started Glimmer Train in 1990, it was because we wanted new writers to have a real chance at being published, and because we were looking for a different kind of short fiction. We wanted to read (and we read every submission ourselves) and publish memorable stories that revealed a wider and deeper view of what it means to be human. The stories that you've sent us over the years have shown us so many perspectives and possibilities—they've opened our hearts to the lives and worlds you've revealed to us, which we would not have known without you.
Soon, after nearly thirty years, we will begin a new phase of our lives with our husbands and families—still sisters and next-door neighbors, still avid readers looking back in history and forward, wondering, and discussing last night's dreams during our morning walks.
No subscribers will be left in a lurch—we've been careful not to let people renew beyond Glimmer Train Issue 106 or Writers Ask Issue 85. If there are subscribers who did manage to renew beyond those issues, they will be refunded. No authors will be left in the cold either: We will fit in every story we accept for publication in Issue 106, latest.
We will be open to submissions through May 15, 2019. The final issues of Glimmer Train Stories (#106) and Writers Ask (#85) will be out in the fall of 2019.
We wanted you to know well in advance so you can make your plan, particularly those of you who value the physicality and longevity of books, the knowing that they'll be preserved in the Library of Congress, as well as on our shelves. Also, JUST SO YOU KNOW.
We look forward to immersing ourselves in your stories over the next year, publishing as many emerging writers as we can, and presenting our readers with some of the best short fiction they'll ever find.
I was just describing what my experience has been like to another writer I've been encouraging
explaining that you are honest, and a force for good, and that sets a tone that comes through in everything, and produces all its own evidence, as all good work being done out of love does, and that's what makes Glimmer Train different. It's the two of you, it's personal, and it matters. There is no warmer home for writers than what you two have built. And I feel so fortunate to have found my home early, because it's made such a difference, and by some strange magic, always when I've needed it the most.—Gabe Herron
(More kind comments from writers and this CLMP interview.)
Just a few more gorgeous issues of Glimmer Train Stories to go! Our last—#106—will be out in the world in October 2019, and we hope you're in it!