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    Call for Readers!

    Call for Readers!

    The Masters Review is looking to add some talented new readers to our team in 2016. If you love literary fiction and nonfiction, and three to four hours of reading submissions a week sounds like fun, we encourage you to apply. Our readers work remotely and can set their own schedules. This position begins in January and involves a six-month commitment.
    Emerging Writers – Age Is Just A Number

    Emerging Writers – Age Is Just A Number

    By categorizing writers according to age rather than experience, a number of new and talented voices are missing from the spotlight. In this essay, Kim Winternheimer examines the bias toward emerging writers of a certain age.
    New Fiction

    New Fiction

    In “Illumination,” Abby learns that her husband Mitch is returning early from deployment. She has only twenty-four hours to reconcile the version of herself she kept up over the phone to the one Mitch will see at home. As Abby wrestles with the task of a messy house, she is also forced to examine the gaps in her marriage, and why, upon her husband’s happy return, she feels on the brink of losing herself.

    New Voices: “A Suggestion” by Lee Conell

    New Voices: “A Suggestion” by Lee Conell

    Today, we are pleased to present “A Suggestion” by New Voices author Lee Conell. In this pithy piece of flash, a man in a transitional phase of his life meets an Elmo impersonator at a bar. With his curiosity piqued, the man ventures to Times Square to witness the Elmos at work. One summer afternoon, in a bar in Hell’s Kitchen, I met a guy who looked pretty normal. I mean, he looked pretty much like me: receding hairline, dark…

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    Fiction. Essays. Edits. Experts.

    What. A. Year. JEFF AND ANN VANDERMEER are judging our FALL FICTION CONTEST, which awards $2000, publication, and a letter from the VanderMeers about what they liked about your story. Winners will be announced on December 1st. Looking for some good reading? Our FEATURED FICTION section has new stories by Julia Elliott and Adrian Van Young and OUR ANTHOLOGY, with guest judge KEVIN BROCKMEIER, acknowledges today's best emerging writers and is now available. Get your copy today! 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. It's all part of our mission to offer a quality platform for emerging writers.
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