The Masters Review Blog

Jul 29

2022 Summer Workshop: Meet the Editors!

Our Summer Workshop program opens for registrations on Monday! We’re excited to announce the five guest editors we’ll be working with this summer, with experience editing journals like The Southern Review, december, Guernica, Electric Lit, Crazyhorse and more! You can find all the details below or on our Workshop page.

//Opens August 1st//

Cost: $299

Participants Receive:

  • an editorial letter from your instructor with specific suggestions and developmental edits that will help elevate your story to the next level
  • PDF of materials including craft essays from The Masters Review, editorial notes on what we see from the slush pile, information on submission strategies, and additional advice on submitting
  • free submission in a forthcoming Masters Review contest
  • suggestions on literary magazines and contests that would be a good fit for your work, along with reading recommendations from your instructor
  • an archived copy of The Masters Review anthology
  • Writers will receive feedback no later than October 30. Early submissions may yield earlier feedback.

Aram Mrjoian is an editor-at-large at the Chicago Review of Books, an associate fiction editor at Guernica, and a 2022 Creative Armenia – AGBU Fellow. He is a past editor at TriQuarterly, the Southeast Review, and PANK. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Guardian, Runner’s World, Catapult, Electric Literature, West Branch, Boulevard, Longreads, and many other publications. Find his work at


Halimah Marcus is the Executive Director of Electric Literature, an innovative digital publisher based in Brooklyn, and the Editor-in-Chief of its weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading. She is also the editor of Horse Girls, an anthology that reclaims and recasts the horse girl stereotype. Her short stories have appeared in Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, One Story, BOMB, The Literary Review, and The Southampton Review. Halimah has an MFA from Brooklyn College, and lives in the Catskill region of New York.

Sacha Idell is coeditor and prose editor of The Southern Review. His original stories appear in PloughsharesNarrative, and Gulf Coast. His translations from the Japanese include stories by Kyūsaku Yumeno and Toshirō Sasaki. Writing he has acquired and edited has been selected for inclusion in the Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Mystery and Suspense anthologies, among others. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Sara Fredman holds a PhD in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Her writing has appeared in the LA Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The Washington Post, and Electric Literature, among other outlets. One of her recent essays was a finalist for the 2021 Sewanee Review nonfiction contest. She also publishes Write Like a Mother, a newsletter for writers who are also parents where she has interviewed writers like Susan Choi, Kate Baer, and Rachel Yoder.

Anthony Varallo is the author of a novel, The Lines (University of Iowa Press), as well as four short story collections: This Day in History, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award; Out Loud, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; Think of Me and I’ll Know (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books); and Everyone Was There, winner of the Elixir Press Fiction Award.  He is a professor of English at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, where he is the fiction editor of Crazyhorse (now swamp pink). Find him online at @TheLines1979.

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