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    Literary Terms: Magical Realism, Science Fiction, and Fantasty

    Literary Terms: Magical Realism, Science Fiction, and Fantasty

    We love the way the genres of magical realism, science fiction, and fantasy are working their way into literary fiction. As part of our literary terms series, we identify these genres specifically, highlighting examples of each, what makes them special, and how they are different from one another.
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    New Voices: "Trespassing" by Emily Wortman-Wunder

    In our newest piece of fiction, a family moves to a suburb and buys a home with a creek in the backyard. The kids are more interested in video games and playing indoors than exploring the water, but Julia, the mother, is drawn to the creek. She finds herself more and more curious about her little backyard stream: where the water leads, and where it might take her if she follows it.


    We're thrilled to announce that the third volume of our anthology, The Masters Review Volume III with stories selected by Lev Grossman, was awarded a silver medal for best short story collection by Foreword Reviews and the American Library Association. Other winners include Chuck Palahniuk, Zack Whedon, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Hit the Road: Books to Read While Traveling

    Hit the Road: Books to Read While Traveling

    It’s Fourth of July weekend, which means we’re in the thick of summer. Road trips, camping trips, fishing trips, family trips — we’re all hitting the road at some point. Here are six novels to bring on your summer excursion. The Sisters Brothers, Patrick DeWitt – This is especially appropriate for a trip down the west coast. Follow the Sisters Brothers  from Oregon City to San Francisco and imagine yourself a prospector looking to strike it lucky during the Gold…

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    Fiction. Essays. Edits. Experts.

    The Masters Review is up to a lot of cool stuff. Our SHORT STORY AWARD FOR NEW WRITERS is now open for submissions, recognizing three outstanding stories. SUBMISSIONS FOR OUR ANTHOLOGY recently closed, and an announcement regarding our finalists will be made soon. This year's guest judge is author KEVIN BROCKMEIER, who will select the winning authors for publication. The anthology is one of our favorite projects each year and acts as a major endorsement for new writers. In addition to publication in a nationally distributed journal, anthology authors are part of an exclusive mailing to editors, agents, and publishers. We also offer a ton of great opportunities for writers. Our New Voices submission category is free to submit and pays for stories. Our ONLINE WORKSHOP allows you to get detailed feedback on your story from an expert in the field and reopens shortly. It's all part of our mission to offer a quality platform for emerging writers.
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