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 trying to figure out how we can best make ourselves useful in these strange times.
Many of you have asked what will become of Glimmer Train: JUST SO YOU KNOW.
A FEW OTHER THINGS:
We've assembled some free resources for writers.
Every issue of both Glimmer Train and Writers Ask is preserved at the Library of Congress, and the following libraries have archived complete sets of Glimmer Train Stories:
Boston Public Library
Multnomah County Library
New York Public Library
San Francisco Public Library
Seattle Public Library
Trinity College in Dublin
University of Alberta
University of California in Berkeley
University of California in Irvine
University of Iowa
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
University of North Carolina in Charlotte
University of Pennsylvania
University of Texas in Austin
University of Virginia in Charlottesville
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.)