The Masters Review Anthology Volume VI – Jan 15 – Mar 31
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- previously unpublished work only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
“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.
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
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.