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    May Deadlines - 12 Lit Mags and Contests With Deadlines in May

    May Deadlines - 12 Lit Mags and Contests With Deadlines in May

    We love the motivation of a deadline, so here are twelve excellent opportunities to submit to in May. This month’s list reflects some great lit mags with general submissions closures as well as free contests. Check it!
    Debut Author Viet Thanh Nguyen Wins Pulitzer for The Sympathizer

    Debut Author Viet Thanh Nguyen Wins Pulitzer for The Sympathizer

    Congratulations to author Viet Thanh Nguyen for winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his debut novel, The Sympathizer. The Pulitzer committee praised The Sympathizer saying the book is “a layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a ‘man of two minds’ — and two countries, Vietnam and the United States.”
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    New Fiction! "Miracle Factory" by Carmen Petaccio

    “Miracle Factory” examines a divorce through the voice of a wry narrator. Told through a series of non-linear moments, Petaccio explores the fallout of broken family from the teenager at its center. “Miracle Factory” is touching and funny, and is a story you won’t soon forget. “Dad has decided to start playing guitar again, for the love of god.”

    May is Short Story Month!

    May is Short Story Month!

    Each May we celebrate Short Story Month by showcasing our favorite form. Guest editors and writers join us for thirty days of essays, interviews, and original fiction. Here’s what we have lined up for 2016. In an essay on character folding, Rebecca Makkai discusses how to effectively combine characters. Contributions from Masters Review editors Kim Winternheimer and Sadye Teiser include an essay on the short story in today’s literary climate and an examination of The Strange in fiction. We also…

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    Fiction. Essays. Edits. Experts.

    AMY HEMPEL is selecting stories for the fifth volume of our anthology, which announces its shortlist in a few weeks and will showcase today's best emerging writers. 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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