2022-2023 Winter Short Story Award for New Writers: Finalists!

June 30, 2023

No more waiting: Morgan Talty has picked his winners! Congratulations to Donovan Swift, whose “Advanced Reader” was chosen as the grand prize winner, earning him a $3,000 prize, along with online publication and agency review. Please give a round of applause for our finalists, and for our shortlisted authors as well, whose stories made it to the top of a very competitive field of submissions. Thank you once again to all of our submitters! The Summer Short Story Award for New Writers opens for submissions tomorrow!


Advanced Reader by Donovan Swift

Second Place Finalist

Where They Come From by Casey Quinn

Third Place Finalist

The River at the End of the Road by Hillary Millán

Honorable Mention

The Developer by Sarah Walsh


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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