Congratulations to our finalists!

$5000 Awarded – Ten Writers Recognized

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 were proud to work with esteemed judge Rebecca Makkai who selected the finalists below. The anthology will be out in early October! 

The Masters Review Volume VII Finalists

“The Process” by Rebekah Bergman

“Rogue Particles” by Laura Demers

“Questions for Anesthesiologists” by Robert Glick

“Little Room” by Carrie Grinstead

“Pilgrimage” by Rebecca Gummere

“Doctor, Doctor, Doctor” by Blair Lee

“Shrove Tuesday” by Jeanne Panfely

“Ghost Print” by Anna Reeser

“The Sand Nests” by Emma Sloley

“The Collectors of Anguish” by Andrea Uptmor


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 Pushcart 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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“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

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  • Previously unpublished works of fiction and narrative nonfiction only
  • Up to 8000 words
  • We accept simultaneous submissions as long as work is withdrawn if it is accepted elsewhere
  • Multiple submissions are 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.

 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

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

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