$5000 Awarded – Ten Writers Recognized
Every year The Masters Review opens submissions to produce our anthology, a collection of ten stories or 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.
- fiction and narrative nonfiction
- 8000 word count maximum
- international submissions allowed
- simultaneous and multiple submissions are allowed, but please inform us if your story has been accepted elsewhere
- previously unpublished work only
- emerging writers only: cannot have a novel published at the time of submission (self-published authors and writers with published story collections are free to submit. Authors with a contract for a novel are also free to submit.)
- $20 reading fee per story
- If your work has appeared in our anthology before, we ask that you please not submit again. We warmly welcome your work in any other category.
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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, Amy Hempel, and Roxane Gay.
REBECCA MAKKAI is the award-winning author of the novels The Hundred-Year House and The Borrower and the short story collection Music for Wartime. She has won a Chicago Writers Association Award, an NEA Fellowship, and a Pushcard Prize, among other honors. She lives in Chicago and has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop, Tin House, and Northwestern Univeristy. She is currently part of the faculty for the MFA program at Sierra Nevada college. Her next novel, The Great Believers, is forthcoming in June.
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The Masters Review Volume VI
Congratulations to the authors selected for our sixth 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 VI on our shop page.
The Masters Review Volume VI – Judged by Roxane Gay
Chris Arp – Nicole Cuffy – Rachel Engelman – Michele Host – Leslie Jones – Gabriel Moseley -Amy Purcell – Matthew Sullivan – Maria Thomas – Kasey Thornton
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
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