The Masters Review Anthology Volume X

Thank you, Submitters!

The finalists have been announced! Stay tuned for more news on Anthology X later this year.
Every year The Masters Review opens submissions to produce our anthology, a collection of ten stories and essays written by the best emerging authors. Our aim is to showcase ten writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. The ten winners are nationally distributed in a printed book with their stories and essays exposed to top agents, editors, and authors across the country. Our third volume was awarded the Silver Medal for Best Short Story Collection through the INDIEFAB Awards in 2015, and our fourth volume was an honorable mention for best anthology. This year we’ve partnered with word west, who will provide our winning 10 writers with a book from their catalog! Submit today to purchase your copy of Volume IX, or check us out on Amazon!


Each year The Masters Review pairs with a guest judge to select stories. Our editorial team produces a shortlist of stories, which our judge reviews to select winners. Our past judges include Lauren Groff, AM Homes, Lev Grossman, Kevin Brockmeier, Amy Hempel, Roxane Gay, Rebecca Makkai, Kate Bernheimer, and Rick Bass.


DIANE COOK‘s debut novel, The New Wilderness, was a finalist for 2020 The Booker Prize, and her story collection, Man V. Nature, was a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award, the Believer Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Award for First Fiction and the PEN/Hemingway award. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, Zoetrope, Granta, and other publications, and anthologized in Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. She is a former producer for the radio program This American Life, and was the recipient of a 2016 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

  • Previously unpublished works of fiction and narrative nonfiction only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  • We accept simultaneous submissions as long as work is withdrawn if it is accepted elsewhere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
  • International English submissions allowed
  • Emerging Writers Only. 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 novels or memoirs with a low distribution [about 5000 copies])
  • Standard formatting please (double-spaced, 12 pt font, pages numbered)
  • $20 entry fee
  • Deadline: March 28th, 2021
  • Please, no identifying information on your story
  • All submissions are considered for publication in the anthology as well as New Voices
  • If requesting an editorial letter, please indicate on your cover letter if the submissions is fiction or creative nonfiction
  • A significant portion of the editorial letter fees go to our feedback editor, according to the rates established by the EFA
  • To view a list of our most commonly asked questions regarding submitting to The Masters Review, please see our FAQ page.
  • 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


    • $1,000 award.
    • Publication in our nationally distributed journal.
    • Exposure to over 50 literary agencies.
    • Contributor’s copy.
    • A book from word west
    • All writers are part of an exclusive mailing. We send our anthology to editors, writers, and literary institutions across the country.


To thank you for your continued support of The Masters Review, we’re excited to offer you the following opportunities with your submission:

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The Masters Review Volume IX

Congratulations to the authors selected for our ninth volume and a warm thank you to all who submitted; this list represents a small piece of the incredible fiction and nonfiction we received. You can purchase a copy of The Masters Review Volume IX by submitting today or by ordering on Amazon.

The Masters Review Volume IX – Judged by Rick Bass

Emma Eun-joo Cho – Paola Ferrante – Jack Foraker – Dara Kell – Charisse Hovey Kubr – Leeyee Lim – Barbara Litkowski  – Stefani Nellen  – Stephanie Pushaw – Rachel Markels Webber

The Masters Review Volume VIII – Judged by Kate Bernheimer

Kate Bucca – H. de C. – Jenna Geisinger – Dawna Kemper – Lydia Martín – Naïma Msechu – V. Efua Prince – Belal Rafiq – Divya Sood – Lavanya Vasudevan

To purchase previous volumes, submit today.

19th century engraving of a platypusAuthor’s Rights

The Masters Review holds first publication rights for three months after publication. Authors agree not to publish, nor authorize or permit the publication of, any part of the material for three months following The Masters Review’s first publication. For reprints we ask for acknowledgement of its publication in The Masters Review first.