The Masters Review Anthology Volume IX
Check out this year’s shortlist! 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. Last year, we were proud to work with the queen of fairy tales herself, Kate Bernheimer who selected the finalists below. Submit today to purchase your copy of Volume VIII, 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. In past years we have worked with Lauren Groff, AM Homes, Lev Grossman, Kevin Brockmeier, Amy Hempel, Roxane Gay, Rebecca Makkai, and Kate Bernheimer.
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.
Previously unpublished works of fiction and narrative nonfiction only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We accept simultaneous submissions as long as work is withdrawn if it is accepted elsewhere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 submissions 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.
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The Masters Review Volume VIII
Congratulations to the authors selected for our eighth 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 VIII on Amazon or by submitting today.
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
The Masters Review Volume VII – Judged by Rebecca Makkai
Rebekah Bergman – Laura Demers – Robert Glick – Carrie Grinstead – Rebecca Gummere – Blair Lee – Jeanne Panfely – Anna Reeser – Emma Sloley – Andrea Uptmor
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.