2022 Summer Short Story Award for New Writers: Finalists!

December 7, 2022

Chelsea Bieker has done the impossible and selected her finalists from a very tough pool of submissions for this year’s contest. Congratulations to Nancy Garcia, author of “Homeboy”, this year’s winner and recipient of our $3,000 prize! Thank you again to all of our submitters. We couldn’t do this without you. Check back next year to read these winning stories, and be sure to submit to our Winter Short Story Award, which is accepting submissions through January 31.


Homeboy by Nancy Garcia

Second Place

Leap Year by Chloe Alberta

Third Place

The Distant Daughter by Brenda Salinas Baker

Honorable Mention

The Sum of All Amazements by Lyndsie Manusos


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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