2020-2021 Winter Short Story Award for New Writers: Finalists!

June 9, 2021

Our finalists are in! Selected by Helen Oyeyemi, the following writers have been deemed the best of the best in a tough competition. Congratulations to the winners, and THANK YOU to all of our submitters for continually making our decisions harder and harder!


Straight to My Heart by Dean Jamieson

Second Place

Collection of the Artist by Corey Flintoff

Third Place

You’re Not the Only One by William Hawkins

Honorable Mention

Celestial Navigation by Heather Marshall


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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