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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.
    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.

    "How To Shit" by Ottessa Moshfegh

    It is delusion to think that the rules of society reflect any moral truths about human nature. The same is true about the “rules” for writing fiction. Any paradigm that exists in our collective consciousness is just that—a model of interpretation, or a structure within to project a reality. Any significant paradigm shift will incite anxiety: “If I gave up this reality for another one, would I even exist?”

    Thanks For Giving Books… 2015!

    Thanks For Giving Books… 2015!

    It’s that painful, heart-wrenching time of the year when you once again realize that your ratio of books-owned-by-one-human-being is dangerously skewed. It happens to the best of us! In honor of Thanksgiving we’re highlighting a few ways for you to make sure they find good homes. Better World Books – The low-shipment-low-hassle approach of Better World Books puts it at the top of our list for three years in a row. All you have to do is box up your old books…

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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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