Anthology Announcement! Rick Bass is Judging The Masters Review Volume IX!

January 24, 2020

Submissions for The Masters Review Volume IX open next week, so what better time to announce this year’s guest judge? Celebrated author Rick Bass will be selecting the 10 stories and essays that will be included in this year’s anthology. Opening on the 31st, the contest will run until the end of March. Submit your very best 7,000 words of fiction or narrative nonfiction. 10 stories will be selected from a shortlist of 30! Full details below:

Rick Bass to judge The Masters Review Volume IX!

Each year we pair with a guest judge to select stories for our anthology, which acts as a showcase for today’s best emerging writers. The experience and expertise of our judge guides our selections, and we’re excited to work with the winner of the 2016 Story Prize, Rick Bass.

RICK BASS is the author of over 30 books of fiction and nonfiction, and a winner of the 2016 Story Prize. He lives in Montana, where he is the founding board  member of the Yaak Valley Forest Council. His stories, articles and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Narrative, Men’s Journal, Esquire, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Harper’s, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Tin House, Zoetrope, Orion, and numerous other periodicals.


Submissions for our anthology will open next week! We accept stories and essays up to 7000 words. Thirty writers are chosen for the shortlist and Kate Bernheimer will select ten to publish. See our anthology page for information on past volumes.

  • Previously unpublished works of fiction and narrative nonfiction only
  • Up to 7000 words
  • We accept simultaneous submissions as long as work is withdrawn if it is accepted elsewhere
  • Multiple submissions are allowed
  • Writers must not have published a novel-length work at the time of submission (authors of short story collections and self-published titles can submit as can authors with work with a low distribution, about 5000 copies)
  • Standard formatting please (double-spaced, 12 pt font, pages numbered)
  • $20 reading fee
  • Submissions are not limited to writers in the US. All English-language submissions are welcome
  • Writers who have earned an Anthology Prize before and whose work appears in our printed book cannot submit to this category but are welcome to send us work in other open categories.

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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