2021-2022 Winter Short Story Award for New Writers Finalists!

July 18, 2022

We are excited to announce the finalists for our 2021-2022 Winter Short Story Award for New Writers. From a pool of over 2,000 submissions, these writers were chosen by Ye Chun for their excellent craft. Thank you to all of our terrific submitters. We wouldn’t be here without you. Check back in late fall to read these finalists! And there’s still time to submit to our Summer Short Story Award for New Writers, which closes on August 28th.


Russian Thistle by Laura Farnsworth

Second Place

A Single Mark by Reena Shah

Third Place

Creeper by Taylor Sykes

Honorable Mention

The Crown Prince of Koi by Daniel Abiva Hunt


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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