Thank you, Submitters!
Enormous thanks to everyone who submitted to our Anthology Prize, with stories selected by Roxane Gay. We are pleased to announce our shortlist of thirty writers, listed below. Roxane Gay will select ten stories or essays to be showcased in the anthology, which will include an introduction from our judge with comments about the work featured inside. The anthology publishes on Oct 1, 2017.
The ten winners are nationally distributed in a printed book with their stories and essays exposed to top agents, editors, and authors across the country. Stay tuned for the finalists!
The Masters Review Volume VI Shortlist
“The Morning After the Hometown Diner Burned Down” by Mike Alberti
“Gormley” by Chris Arp
“Thirteen Platitudes” by Bree Barton
“Corpse Walks Into a Bar” by Lesley Bannatyne
“Love Danny” by Cailin Barrett-Bressack
“A Pack a Day” by Betty Jo Buro
“Steal Away” by Nicole Cuffy
“The Cock in Cadwalader Heights” by Ariel Dixon
“Confessions of a Lady-In-Waiting” by Rachel Engelman
“Katie Flew Again Tonight” by Trent England
“The Girl With Fish Eyes” by Mary Fifield
“Big Sister” by Janelle Garcia
“Schitsu’umsh: Those Who Are Found Here” by Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry
“Migrations” by Michele Host
“Hope Gold” by Leslie Jones
“Meat Shack” by Kate Jayroe
“The Milkmaid” by Jessi Lewis
“A Man Stands Tall” by Gabriel Moseley
“Captain America’s Missing Fingers” by Molly Olguin
“Rubber Time” by K. W. Oxnard
“This is an Exercise in Detachment” by Amy Purcell
“Come Closer” by Molly Reid
“What This Is” by Allee Richards
“Rules of Visitation” by Ann Ryles
“Sand Angels” by Jeremy Schnotala
“Little Men” by Matthew Sullivan
“Speakers of Other Languages” by Maria Thomas
“Things He Left” by Deborah Thompson
“Out of Our Suffering” by Kasey Thornton
“Freedom” by Jonathan Vatner
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The Masters Review Volume V
Congratulations to the authors selected for our fifth volume and a warm thank you to all who submitted; our anthology received the most submissions ever this year, and this list represents a small piece of the incredible fiction and nonfiction we received. You can purchase a copy of Masters Review Volume V on our shop page.
Congratulations also to our shortlist authors! You can read the shortlist here.
The winners were announced in early June. The ten winning writers will be awarded $500, publication, and distribution to over 50 editors and agents.
The writers in our previous collections are among a group that continues to astound us. The Masters Review authors have gone on to publish their first novels and short story collections. They include a Nelson Algren Award finalist, an Academy of American Poets Prize winner, and a Fulbright Fellow, to name a few. They continue to publish in reputable literary journals across the country such as Tin House, The Fairy Tale Review, and Prairie Schooner. The Best of the Net, The Best Small Fictions, and agents across the country have found writers with homes at The Masters Review.
You can purchase all our past volumes by visiting our shop.
The Masters Review Volume V – Judged by Amy Hempel
Laurie Baker – Andres Carlstein – Jonathan Durbin – Katie Young Foster – A. E. Kulze – Jonathan Nehls – Eliza Robertson – Kari Shemwell – Josie Sigler – Shubha Venugopal
The Masters Review Volume IV – Judged by Kevin Brockmeier
Courtney Bird – Sarah Smith – Adam Gardner – Megan Clark – Christina Milletti – CB Anderson – H. L. Nelson – Joe Dornich – Daniel Bullard Bates – Jennifer Stern
The Masters Review Volume III – Judged by Lev Grossman: Winner! INDIEFAB Award for Best Short Story Collection
Drew Ciccolo – Amanda Pauley – Eric Howerton – Maya Perez – Shane R. Collins – Courtney Kersten – Meng Jin – Joe Worthen – Andrew MacDonald – Diana Xin
The Masters Review Volume II – Judged by AM Homes
Jennifer Dupree – Andrew Peyton – Zoe Vandeveer – Courtney Gillette – Louise Ells – Jane Summer – Laurie Ann Cedilnik – Drew Krepp – Traci Cox
The Masters Review Volume I – Judged by Lauren Groff
Nada Samih – Erica Sklar – Heidi J. Moore – Fabienne Josaphat – Wendy Trimboli Roberts – Rachael Warecki – Monica Macansantos – Brendan Park – Zana Previti – KM Ferebee
Questions about submissions can be directed to: contact (at) mastersreview (dot) com
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