2019-2020 Winter Short Story Award for New Writers: Finalists!

May 22, 2020

Winner winner, chicken dinner! The finalists for our 2019-2020 Winter Short Story Award for New Writers have been selected by guest judge Kimberly King Parsons. In what was certainly an agonizingly difficult decision, she has narrowed down the shortlist to these final 4 stories. Congratulations to the authors, and thank you so much to all of our submitters. We couldn’t do this without you! Be on the lookout for these excellent finalists upcoming on The Masters Review.


The Driver, Samantha Xiao Cody

Second Place

Joe Blake, Raeden Richardson

Third Place

The Easiest Thing in the World, Taylor Grieshober

Honorable Mention

Rapture, Chloe Seim


At The Masters Review, our mission is to support emerging writers. We only accept submissions from writers who can benefit from a larger platform: typically, writers without published novels or story collections or with low circulation. We publish fiction and nonfiction online year-round and put out an annual anthology of the ten best emerging writers in the country, judged by an expert in the field. We publish craft essays, interviews and book reviews and hold workshops that connect emerging and established writers.

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