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    Masters Review Literary Calendar - Summer

    Masters Review Literary Calendar - Summer

    It’s here! The Masters Review Summer Literary Calendar with all the must-hit deadlines for awards and contests, as well as information on general submissions through September. In order to get published you have to submit, and there’s no better motivator than a forthcoming deadline. Enjoy our curated list of important dates, all in one easy-to-find place.
    Summer Reading List: 9 Books To Read This Summer

    Summer Reading List: 9 Books To Read This Summer

    Summer is almost officially here. It is the season of relaxing with a book on the beach, at the park, on your porch—you name it. The hardest part of summer reading can be deciding where to begin. We’ve compiled a list of nine awesome debut books by new writers to help you get started.
    Writing Anxiety and The Wisdom of Improvisation

    Writing Anxiety and The Wisdom of Improvisation

    Writing is hard for us all, but for some, the idea of publishing produces extreme anxiety. Today, Masters Review reader Rene Ostburg contributes a beautiful essay on how techniques learned in a comedy class helped her deal with writing anxiety.

    New Voices: “Summer, 2002” by Nancy Ludmerer

    New Voices: “Summer, 2002” by Nancy Ludmerer

    We are proud to present “Summer, 2002” by New Voices author Nancy Ludmerer. In this story, set in Manhattan the summer after 9/11, a mother struggles to let go as her son enters high school. It is an eloquent story of motherhood, and the difficult balancing act of keeping our children safe without holding them back.  “His honesty was so different from what people said about boys his age. Sometimes I felt I couldn’t breathe or it would disappear.” I…

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    Fiction. Essays. Edits. Experts.

    AMY HEMPEL selected stories for the fifth volume of our anthology, which publishes later this year. 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 were published to the site. 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. NEWS: The Masters Review Volume IV with stories selected by Kevin Brockmeier was just recognized as a finalist in the INDIEFAB Awards in both the Short Story and Anthology categories. The winners announce this summer -- stay tuned!
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