About The Masters Review


Always a free way to submit. Always paid for your work. The Masters Review offers a quality platform for emerging writers.

Founded by Kim Winternheimer in 2011, the Masters Review is an online and in print publication celebrating new and emerging writers. We are on the lookout for the best new talent with hopes of publishing stories from writers who will continue to produce great work. We offer critical essays, book reviews by debut authors, contest deadlines, submissions info, and interviews with established authors, all with the hopes of bridging the gap between new and established writers.

The Masters Review has several ways to submit. New Voices is open year round and is available to any emerging writer. This category is always free to enter and pays up to $200 for selected stories.

Our second submissions category includes select reading periods throughout the year. Our calendar page offers info on each of these dates. From February – March, we are open to submissions for our book, an annual anthology of ten stories selected by a guest judge. It is a collection of fiction and nonfiction that represents the country’s best new writers. This printed book is sold and distributed across the country and serves as a platform for showcasing new writers to agents, editors, and other publishers. In past years we have worked with judges Lauren Groff, AM Homes, Lev Grossman, and Kevin Brockmeier, Amy Hempel, Roxane Gay and Rebecca Makkai. Submit today to purchase a copy of our anthologies, or pick up Volume VIII on Amazon!

Our Short Story Award for New Writers is open from July – Aug  and Dec – Jan of the following year as a chance to publish and acknowledge emerging writers. Winners receive publication, agency review, and a cash prize. It’s a great way to promote new voices and to help writers develop their platform. Learn more here. From October – November, our novel excerpt contest is open. We’re looking for the best 6,000 word excerpt from your unpublished or in-progress novels. Our Flash Fiction Contest (April – May) celebrates the best fiction under 1,000 words and our new Chapbook Contest (Sept – Nov) awards $3000 to the winning chapbook, in addition to print and digital publication, and 50 contributor copies. All of our contests are guest judged.

We also offer an online Summer Workshop in August featuring guest instructors with experience editing publications like Tin HouseAmerican Short FictionThe Paris Review and others, and in May, we host a novel workshop.

The Masters Review blog is updated frequently with new information, fiction, essays, and reviews. Please keep an eye on it for our most recent content.

Our Values

The Masters Review is committed to providing a platform to diverse, emerging voices. To that end, we do not discriminate on any basis, including age, race, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, disability, family status, national origin, or religion, nor do we tolerate discrimination in the writing submitted to us. We will decline work without complete review that we find discriminatory on any of the bases above. Continued violations of our values will result in a submission ban for the writer.

We believe that Black lives matter. Black voices matter. We strive for inclusion and equity in publishing, and join other organizations in pursuit of an anti-racist society. We support and celebrate the work of marginalized and historically mis- and underrepresented writers.

The Masters Review believes and supports the victims of discrimination and sexual harassment. We reserve the right to deplatform writers if we learn they have violated our values elsewhere.


Editor in Chief

Cole Meyer

Assistant Editors

Brandon Williams • Jen Dupree


Melissa Bandy • Melissa Bean •  Jill Bronfman • Elena Ender • Suzy Eynon • Jennifer Fernandez • B.B. Garin • Ben Gilbert • Kimberly Guerin • Audrey Heying • Mariya Khan • Reed Kuehn • Abbie Lahmers • Sabina Livadariu • Mrityunjay Mohan • Melissa Madore • Florencia Ruiz Medonza • Laurie Myers • Kathryn Ordiway • Meera Parasuraman • Rebecca Paredes • Shannon Phillips • Bupinder Singh • Ben Smith • Marcus Tan • Taylor Thomas • Emily Townsend • Robert Warf


The Masters Review
70 SW Century Drive, Suite 100442
Bend, OR 97702

All inquiries regarding book purchasing or submissions can be sent to: contact@mastersreview.com.