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    Reprint: “For Our Children and For Ourselves” by Xuan Juliana Wang

    Reprint: “For Our Children and For Ourselves” by Xuan Juliana Wang

    Today, The Masters Review is thrilled to share Xuan Juliana Wang’s “For Our Children and For Ourselves” from her collection HOME REMEDIES, published in 2019. “For Our Children and For Ourselves” is about the choices and sacrifices we make in…

    New Voices: “Knitting Verse” by Elizabeth Brinsfield

    New Voices: “Knitting Verse” by Elizabeth Brinsfield

    Elizabeth Brinsfield’s “Knitting Verse” is this week’s entry to our New Voices catalog! In the aftermath of her mother’s early death, the narrator of Brinsfield’s “Knitting Verse” is desperate for community, and so she turns to a farm school for…

    August Book Review: Mourning Light by Richard Goodkin

    August Book Review: Mourning Light by Richard Goodkin

    In our first book review of August, reviewer Mrudhula M examines Richard Goodkin’s Mourning Light, out now from University of Wisconsin Press. Mourning Light is a book about “healing from grief,” our reviewer writes, one that doesn’t “shy away from……

    A Conversation With Keely O’Shaughnessy, Author of Baby is a Thing Best Whispered

    A Conversation With Keely O’Shaughnessy, Author of Baby is a Thing Best Whispered

    Keely O’Shaughnessy’s beautiful debut collection, Baby is a Thing Best Whispered, is interested most of all in the complexities of certain familial relationships, with many of the short pieces here dealing with parenthood, both from the perspective of the children and of the parents—especially mothers and daughters. For more information, or to pre-order the book, visit Keely’s website.   Ross: When did you first start writing stories? What drew you to writing initially? O’Shaughnessy: It’s in some sort of writer’s code…

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    The 2022 Summer Short Story Award for New Writers is open for submissions through August 28th, judged this year by Chelsea Bieker, author of GODSHOT! The winning writer will earn a $3,000 prize, along with publication and agency review. Be sure to check out our 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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