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Ed Falco is 2005 Yates Judge!

You can find competition information on the Yates page. You can find more about Ed Falco by visiting, or by reading The Professor's Son.


Regular Submissions Closing as of 9/1/05

Thanks very much for sending us your stories. We need a break, though, and so we're going to take one between September 1st and December 31st, while we read submissions for this year's Richard Yates Fiction Competition (more details forthcoming).


Enter the 50/50!

50/50 entries are trickling in steadily now after a recent rush. See the amounts become greater with every entry you make by checking the tracker on the 50/50 page.

Tell your friends, and have them tell their friends about Night Train's 50/50 Firebox Fiction awards: a competition where everyone knows where the money goes.


Night Train Rolls into Zebulon's Lounge!

Downtown Petaluma, California hotspot Zebulon's Lounge hosts a reading featuring novelists Michelle Richmond, Bruce Bauman and three Night Train authors August 2 at 6:30 p.m, preceding the music of Fiasco.

The popular and acclaimed literary journal Night Train made Petaluma, the charming and unaffected town just north of the Bay Area, the "Rail Stop" for its fifth issue, published last spring. Zebulon's, 21 4th St., Petaluma, hosted a Night Train reading shortly before the issue's debut.

In addition to Richmond and Bauman, the literary reading lineup will include KRCB radio host Jordan E. Rosenfeld, former Night Train Managing Editor Susan Henderson and Night Train Issue III author David Fromm.

Michelle Richmond is the author of the the story collection The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress and the novel Dream of the Blue Room. Her new novel, Ocean Beach is forthcoming from Bantam. She teaches creative writing at California College of the Arts and the University of San Francisco. She recently served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University, and in Spring of 2006 she will be Writer-in-Residence at St. Mary�s College of Moraga.

Bruce Bauman is the author of the novel And The Word Was,praised by Booklist ("A magnificent debut"), Los Angeles magazine ("Make[s] us gasp, sit up, say yes, the world has changed"), and Boldtype ("Think Albert Camus, Marcel Proust, and Larry David engaged in a debate on the meaning of sacrifice and forgiveness"). Bauman was a UNESCO/Aschberg laureate for literature in 2000, is adjunct professor in the CalArts MFA Writing Program and senior editor of Black Clock magazine.

Jordan Rosenfeld is host of KRCB's Word by Word: Conversations with Writers and is founder of the LiveWire Literary Salon, soon to celebrate its third anniversary at Zebulon's Lounge. She wrote the Petaluma "Rail Stop" feature and interviewed Amy Bloom for Night Train Issue V. Rosenfeld is also completing her third novel.

Susan Henderson is a 2005 Pushcart nominee and recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. She recently helped judge the McSweeney's "20-Minute Stories Contest," and her work has appeared in numerous literary publications as well as The Future Dictionary of America (McSweeney's Books). Her novel, Such a Small Lie at the Time, is represented by Michelle Tessler at Tessler Literary Agency.

Dave Fromm's short story "Trailer" appeared in Night Train III, and his work has appeared in such publications as the Palo Alto Weekly, Zacatecas Review and Carve. He recently completed his first novel, The Shrimp Wake.


Summer 2005 50/50 Firebox Fiction Competition Opens

See the 50/50 page for details and guidelines!


Night Train is the featured link at, including links to stories from Kerry Jones, Roy Kesey and Dylan Landis.


More full-text stories from Issues III, IV, V are now available for reading.
Don't forget, the 50/50 Firebox Fiction Competition opens on July 1st!


Submissions are open, so send us your best!

In other superlative news, Robert Boswell will be judging the Summer 2005 50/50 Firebox Fiction Award Competition. His name will be familiar to many of you as the author of "Long Words" from Issue V or more probably as the well-known author of novels like Century's Son and short story collections like Living to Be 100.

Visit the 50/50 page for more info.


Night Train will reopen general submissions on June 15th, 2005. Watch this space for over-the-summer 50/50 competition news soon, and more information about our 2005 Richard Yates Short Story Award Competition in the Fall.

Production on Issue VI has begun, and you can look for a sneak peek within these pages very soon. . .


Rod Siino co-founded Night Train. With his literary and business acumen, and the space in his apartment in Davis Square, Somerville, Night Train grew from idea to reality in eight short months in 2002, and continues to grow, with mentions in the Boston Globe and NY Times along the way, and more importantly, in countless thank-you notes from writers grateful for our combined vision of what a literary journal ought to be. With less responsibility, Rod will be writing much more, enjoying married life, and agonizing much less, one would hope. His day-to-day presence will be sorely missed, but he will continue in an advisory role.

We would like to bid adieu to Managing Editor Susan Henderson. Since late 2003, when she joined our staff as an Associate Editor, she has been an editorial force and a constant presence for us in the New York literary scene and beyond, spreading the word and helping to increase our profile by the proverbial leap and bound. We will miss her mightily. You can keep up with her publishing and editorial efforts by visiting here.

Faces Old and New

In other staff news, Alicia Gifford is our new Fiction Editor, where she will bring her keen editorial eye and considerable wit to the job of reading your stories. She will be joined by new Associate Editors Andrew Bodine, Viet Dinh, Cami Park, James Post and Kay Sexton.

As well, your subscription needs will be handled by Circulation Manager Deb Jackson, fresh to the "official" position after being conscripted to help Associate Publisher Tom Jackson on more than one occasion.

We couldn't operate, and your stories wouldn't get read, without these volunteers, so show some love. ;-)


Night Train Issue I and Issue II are now available online in their entirety! Look for Issue III in the next few days.


Grant Bailie goes into Flux!

Read his exclusive before-the-box interview with Night Train's Tom Jackson here.

Our archives and contents pages have been updated to reflect Issue V. Watch for full PDF archives of Issues I-III, no longer available in print form.



Night Train and Small Spiral Notebook will team up with several other literary journals: Pindeldyboz, Saint Ann's Review, Mid-American Review, Orchid Literary Review & Guernica to host a mini-fair at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, NY.

Frederic Tuten (The Green Hour) representing Guernica, Sarah Gerkensmeyer representing Orchid Literary Review, Whitney Pastorek and Sarah M. Balcomb of Pindeldyboz, Susan Henderson of Night Train & more!!


Bob Arter, a fine writer featured in Night Train IV, is not feeling well. You might help make him feel better if you read his story "Spaceman."


Night Train will reopen for submissions sometime during summer 2005, and we'll continue to write as many encouraging and helpful rejections as we can, as we always have. It's just not possible right now, as we continue the lengthy process of hiring staff to read the extraordinary number of fine stories sent to us in consideration for Issues VI Fall 2005 (now closed) and Issue VII Spring 2006. Considering the length of time we've held some of these stories, we think a quicker response right now is better than our typical response, which is to comment, and we hope you feel the same way.

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Last update: August 10th, 2005
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