Winter Short Story Award

$2000 + Publication + Agency Review


Fall Fiction Contest

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Finalists Announce in December »

Featured Fiction

New From Brian Evenson

Stories by Guest Writers »

Volume V Now Available!

The Best Stories by Emerging Writers

Selected by Amy Hempel »
    New Fiction: Rattlesnake Valley by Sorrel Westbrook

    New Fiction: Rattlesnake Valley by Sorrel Westbrook

    In this stunning story about health and love, a father teaches his daughter to kill snakes. In the years since Joss’ accident he has become a shell of his former self, but the notion of teaching Sammy to kill snakes reanimates him. The language in this story brings the landscape and characters to life. It’s a piece you won’t soon forget.
    December Deadlines

    December Deadlines

    We've culled the lists and done the research and found the best contests and lit mags with deadlines in December. Keep yourself inspired this holiday season with these 12 opportunities to submit.
    Announcing: Short Story Award For New Writers – Winter!

    Announcing: Short Story Award For New Writers – Winter!

    Because of the popularity of our Short Story Award this summer and because the agents we work with were eager to see more, we are hosting a winter award. The winning story will be awarded $2000, publication, and agency review.

    Literary Terms: Narrative Nonfiction, Autobiography, and Memoir

    Literary Terms: Narrative Nonfiction, Autobiography, and Memoir

     There’s something special about excellent nonfiction, but the water gets muddy when you try to label works under its large umbrella. Today, as part of our literary terms series, we examine three methods of telling a true story as we explore the similarities and differences among narrative nonfiction, autobiography, and memoir. (In past literary terms posts we have discussed the difference between terror and horror; apocalyptic, dystopian, and post-apocalyptic fiction; and legend, myth, and fairy tale. Take a look!) Narrative…

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    Fiction. Essays. Edits. Experts.

    Thank you to everyone who submitted to our FALL FICTION CONTEST. We will announce the finalists in mid-December. Our SHORT STORY AWARD FOR NEW WRITERS is now open for winter submissions. Agency review and cash prizes to the winners. Submit now! AMY HEMPEL selected stories for the fifth volume of our anthology, which is now available. This printed work is a collection of ten stories and essays, is distributed nationally, and sent to editors and agents across the country. Be sure to check out or calendar page, which highlights upcoming projects for 2016, and remember, our New Voices submission category is free to submit and pays for stories. It's all part of our mission to offer a quality platform for emerging writers. NEWS: The Masters Review Volume IV with stories selected by Kevin Brockmeier was an honorable mention for best anthology in the INDIEFAB Awards. Congratulations, Volume IV authors!
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