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    New Voices: The Plight of the Red-Feathered Austrian Goose by E.Y. Smith

    New Voices: The Plight of the Red-Feathered Austrian Goose by E.Y. Smith

    “The Plight of the Red-Feathered Austrian Goose”—our New Voices story for this week—ponders the fragility of existence, of our relationships. Would you recognize the significance of the extinction of a creature you didn’t know existed? Smith’s careful narration in this…

    New Writing on the Net

    New Writing on the Net

    Introducing our new series, New Writing on the Net, which will shine a light on new writing—fiction and non—published online. Every third Friday of the month, we will celebrate a few new works published in the previous month which we…

    On People-Watching by Ross Feeler

    On People-Watching by Ross Feeler

    “I’m hurt,” she said, “I’m hurt and it’s all your fault.” The Masters Review reader Ross Feeler examines how our response to someone else’s pain can evolve, when challenged, from cruelty or callousness to genuine understanding. “On People-Watching” discusses the…

    Notes from the Slush: 2018 Winter Short Story Award

    Notes from the Slush: 2018 Winter Short Story Award

    We received an incredible number of submissions for our Winter Short Story Award judged by Aimee Bender, and the shortlist decision was tough. So many excellent stories we couldn’t nominate! Editors Cole and Melissa discuss the strengths of the stories on the shortlist, where others fell just short, and common trends we see in successful (and unsuccessful) submissions. If your conflict is based on characters withholding information from one another— unless you have an extremely good reason for it— I’m…

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    Fiction. Essays. Edits. Experts.

    Thank you to all of our amazing submitters! Our Flash Fiction Contest is now open! Judged by Kathy Fish. Submissions close on May 31st. $3000, publication and a spot in Kathy Fish's online Fast Flash workshop awarded to the winner. Be sure to check out or calendar page, which highlights more upcoming projects, and 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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