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    New Fiction! "At The Dog Park" by Yasmina Madden

    In this funny but dark tale, a woman deals with domestic abuse and discovers a kinship with the eccentric dog owners at her local dog park. From its humorous beginning to its touching end, “At The Dog Park” examines how much we care about each other, in spite of a world that offers evidence to the contrary.
    July Deadlines!

    July Deadlines!

    Each month we round up the best deadlines from lit mags and contests and put them in one easy to find place. Here are 10 of our favorite ways to submit in July. Enjoy!

    "Rogue Planet" by Thomas Pierce

    Don't miss this incredible short story from the incomparable Thomas Pierce. In this story, a planet with a face has appeared in our solar system. The piece is composed entirely of questions. This pithy and masterful tale shows us that, though we may think we’re sure of the workings of our world and our minds—we actually have no idea.

    New Voices: “Living Things” by Landon Houle

    New Voices: “Living Things” by Landon Houle

    We are pleased to present “Living Things” by New Voices author Landon Houle. This story follows Bev, a woman who is taken for granted both at her job in a retirement community, and by her partner at home. “Living Things” derives its power from the depth of Bev’s interior world. Through Bev’s eyes, everyday objects and occurences take on a powerful weight. Read on. You won’t regret it. “The urgency she felt came from a deeper place, the part of…

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    Fiction. Essays. Edits. Experts.

    Thank you to everyone who submitted to our SHORT STORY AWARD FOR NEW WRITERS, which concluded July 15 and will announce the winners in early September. AMY HEMPEL selected stories for the fifth volume of our anthology, which publishes in October. This printed work is a collection of ten stories and essays, and is distributed nationally, sent to editors and agents across the country, and includes an introduction from Amy Hempel. It is one of our favorite projects each year and serves as a major endorsement for new writers. Be sure to check out or calendar page, which highlights upcoming projects for 2016 including our Online Summer Workshop with The Paris Review and Tin House as well our Fall Fiction Contest hosted by Kelly Link. It's going to be a great year! 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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