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    New Voices: "Pool People" by Jen Neale

    FALL FICTION WINNER! We’re so pleased to introduce the second place winner in our Fall Fiction Contest judged by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer: “Pool People” by Jen Neale. In this astounding story, the water in a community pool turns solid, trapping its swimmers inside. The pool people, as they come to be called, are alive, though no one on the surface knows this. The story goes into the consciousness of each suspended swimmer, as they think about their lives outside of the pool, realities that seem increasingly distant.
    Submit! The Masters Review Volume V Judged by Amy Hempel

    Submit! The Masters Review Volume V Judged by Amy Hempel

    $5000 Awarded. The Masters Review Volume V is open to submissions! Our anthology is a collection of ten stories written by today’s best emerging writers. It showcases authors who we believe will continue to produce great work. This year Amy Hempel will select the winners. Deadline to submit is March 31.
    February Deadlines

    February Deadlines

    The shortest month has arrived, but there are plenty of opportunities to submit. Check out these 14 contests with deadlines and contests in February (some as soon as the 15th!) Includes: American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, The Kenyon Review, and Tin House.

    8 Books You Can Read In The Time It Takes To Watch The Super Bowl

    8 Books You Can Read In The Time It Takes To Watch The Super Bowl

    According to Nielsen Holdings, the average length of a Super Bowl broadcast is 3 hours and 35 minutes. We’ve rounded up eight quick reads you can cover in less time than it takes to watch the biggest game of the year. The Ballad of Ballard And Sandrine  by Peter Straub Or, the polar opposite of The Super Bowl. Two lovers are widely separated in age but bound together by an erotic obsession. Their story, which takes place over a period…

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    Fiction. Essays. Edits. Experts.

    Welcome, 2016. AMY HEMPEL will be selecting stories for the fifth volume of our anthology, which opens to submissions on Jan 15, 2016, and will showcase today's best emerging writers. 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. Our FALL FICTION CONTEST wrapped up late last year, awarding $2000, publication, and a letter from guest judges ANN AND JEFF VANDERMEER to the winner. All three finalists will publish on the site this year. Also, check out or calendar page, which highlights upcoming projects for 2016. 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.
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