2021 Chapbook Open Shortlist

May 20, 2022

We’ve spent the last four and a half months reading through so many wonderful chapbooks submitted for our Chapbook Open, judged this year by Matt Bell, and narrowing down to only seven was a truly difficult process. Congratulations to the shortlisted and notable chapbooks, and thank you to all of our fantastic submitters! Stay tuned for Bell’s selection!


Love at the End of the World by Lindy Biller

The Potential of Radio and Rain by Myna Chang

Family Tree by Judith Cooper

Why Shit Is Still Like This Around Here and Probably Always Will Be by Molia Dumbleton

Make Work by B.C. Edwards

Tiny Creatures by Eliezra Schaffzin

The Caretakers by Kaj Tanaka

Notable Chapbooks

Fun Can Kill You by Ariel Courage

Dubbing Cartouche by Terry Eicher

Discordant Virgo by Brianne Kohl

Am I A Lesbian?: A Meta-Analysis by Clancy Tripp

CANARY by Katherine Zlabak


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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