2021 Novel Excerpt Contest Finalists

June 29, 2022

The long wait is over: We’re excited to share that Glenn Lester’s “Take Warning: The Ballad of Sammy Slug” has won our inaugural Novel Excerpt Contest! Lester’s excerpt was chosen by Dan Chaon from an overwhelming pool of quality submissions. We were blown away by the number of excellent novels-in-progress that are out there. Keep working, folks, and come back in the fall to read the finalists and submit your excerpts to our next contest!


“Take Warning: The Ballad of Sammy Slug” by Glenn Lester

Second Place

“Hakuri” by Jessica Cavero

Third Place

“The Slapjack (excerpt – chapters five, six, seven)” by Alan Sincic

Honorable Mention

“Red State” by Allie Torgan


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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