Meet the Winners!

Enormous thanks to everyone who submitted to our Anthology Prize, with stories selected by Roxane Gay. We’re immensely proud to present the ten winning stories of our Anthology Prize, selected by Roxane Gay and which will appear in the sixth volume of The Masters Review. We couldn’t be happier to promote a collection that is filled with such promising talent. The collection will be available Oct 1, 2017. And lastly, congratulations to the ten writers selected!

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. Congratulations, writers! Our next anthology submission period will open on Jan 15, 2018. It is open to fiction and narrative nonfiction under 8000 words by new and emerging writers.

The Masters Review Volume VI – Winners!

“Gormley” by Chris Arp

“Steal Away” by Nicole Cuffy

“Confessions of a Lady-In-Waiting” by Rachel Engelman

“Migrations” by Michele Host

“Hope Gold” by Leslie Jones

“A Man Stands Tall” by Gabriel Moseley

“This is an Exercise in Detachment” by Amy Purcell

“Little Men” by Matthew Sullivan

“Speakers of Other Languages” by Maria Thomas

“Out of Our Suffering” by Kasey Thornton

The Masters Review Volume VI – Shortlist

Congratulations to the thirty writers recognized on our shortlist!

“The Morning After the Hometown Diner Burned Down” by Mike Alberti

“Gormley” by Chris Arp

“Thirteen Platitudes” by Bree Barton

“Corpse Walks Into a Bar” by Lesley Bannatyne

“Love Danny” by Cailin Barrett-Bressack

“A Pack a Day” by Betty Jo Buro

“Steal Away” by Nicole Cuffy

“The Cock in Cadwalader Heights” by Ariel Dixon

“Confessions of a Lady-In-Waiting” by Rachel Engelman

“Katie Flew Again Tonight” by Trent England

“The Girl With Fish Eyes” by Mary Fifield

“Big Sister” by Janelle Garcia

“Schitsu’umsh: Those Who Are Found Here” by Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

“Migrations” by Michele Host

“Hope Gold” by Leslie Jones

“Meat Shack” by Kate Jayroe

“The Milkmaid” by Jessi Lewis

“A Man Stands Tall” by Gabriel Moseley

“Captain America’s Missing Fingers” by Molly Olguin

“Rubber Time” by K. W. Oxnard

“This is an Exercise in Detachment” by Amy Purcell

“Come Closer” by Molly Reid

“What This Is” by Allee Richards

“Rules of Visitation” by Ann Ryles

“Sand Angels” by Jeremy Schnotala

“Little Men” by Matthew Sullivan

“Speakers of Other Languages” by Maria Thomas

“Things He Left” by Deborah Thompson

“Out of Our Suffering” by Kasey Thornton

“Freedom” by Jonathan Vatner


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. In past years we have worked with Lauren Groff, AM Homes, Lev Grossman, Kevin Brockmeier, and Amy Hempel.


Roxane GayROXANE GAY is an associate professor at Purdue University, the author of the essay collection Bad Feminist, the novel An Untamed State, and her newest story collection, Difficult Women. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, with work appearing in Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Short Stories, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, and countless others. She is a guiding voice for today’s writers and activists, and we are extremely lucky to have her.


“I read your issues like clockwork! I’m a literary agent, and there’s such a great cast of emerging writers on this site that I’m always checking in to see if there’s anyone who might be looking for representation for longer form work.” –VICTORIA MARINI, GELFMAN SCHNEIDER / ICM PARTNERS

“If these are the voices we’ll be hearing from, American literature has an awful lot to look forward to.” –RAMONA AUSUBEL, author of No One is Here Except All of Us and A Guide to Being Born

“The future of literature.” –Reader’s Favorite

 The Masters Review Volume V

Congratulations to the authors selected for our fifth volume and a warm thank you to all who submitted; our anthology received the most submissions ever this year, and this list represents a small piece of the incredible fiction and nonfiction we received. You can purchase a copy of Masters Review Volume V on our shop page.


Congratulations also to our shortlist authors! You can read the shortlist here.

The winners were announced in early June. The ten winning writers will be awarded $500, publication, and distribution to over 50 editors and agents.

cover small.inddPAST VOLUMES

The writers in our previous collections are among a group that continues to astound us. The Masters Review authors have gone on to publish their first novels and short story collections. They include a Nelson Algren Award finalist, an Academy of American Poets Prize winner, and a Fulbright Fellow, to name a few. They continue to publish in reputable literary journals across the country such as Tin House, The Fairy Tale Review, and Prairie Schooner. The Best of the Net, The Best Small Fictions, and agents across the country have found writers with homes at The Masters Review.

You can purchase all our past volumes by visiting our shop.

The Masters Review Volume V – Judged by Amy Hempel

Laurie Baker – Andres Carlstein – Jonathan Durbin – Katie Young Foster – A. E. Kulze – Jonathan Nehls – Eliza Robertson – Kari Shemwell – Josie Sigler – Shubha Venugopal

The Masters Review Volume IV – Judged by Kevin Brockmeier

Courtney Bird – Sarah Smith – Adam Gardner – Megan Clark – Christina Milletti – CB Anderson – H. L. Nelson – Joe Dornich – Daniel Bullard Bates – Jennifer Stern

The Masters Review Volume III – Judged by Lev Grossman: Winner!  INDIEFAB Award for Best Short Story Collection

Drew Ciccolo – Amanda Pauley – Eric Howerton – Maya Perez – Shane R. Collins – Courtney Kersten – Meng Jin – Joe Worthen – Andrew MacDonald – Diana Xin

The Masters Review Volume II – Judged by AM Homes

Jennifer Dupree – Andrew Peyton – Zoe Vandeveer – Courtney Gillette – Louise Ells – Jane Summer – Laurie Ann Cedilnik – Drew Krepp – Traci Cox

The Masters Review Volume I – Judged by Lauren Groff

Nada Samih – Erica Sklar – Heidi J. Moore – Fabienne Josaphat – Wendy Trimboli Roberts – Rachael Warecki – Monica Macansantos – Brendan Park – Zana Previti – KM Ferebee

Questions about submissions can be directed to: contact (at) mastersreview (dot) com

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