Best Small Fictions Nominations

December 11, 2018

The Masters Review is excited to share our nominations for Best Small Fictions! Meet the authors, read their stories:

The High Points by Craig Kenworthy – Winner of Ooligan’s Write To Publish Short Fiction Contest

Craig Kenworthy’s work appears both on the page and on the stage and he’s received recognition for his poetry, plays and fiction. His play ‘Hurf’ produced by the Willamette Radio Workshop, won a Charles Ogle award for audio drama. He was a contributing writer for the public radio comedy sketch program ‘Right Between the Ears’ and is a former columnist for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. A member of The Dramatists Guild, he lives in Seattle.

The Art of Ending by Olivia Parkes – New Voices

Olivia Parkes is a British-American artist and writer currently based in Berlin. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Tin House, Electric Literature, Zyzzyva, Hayden’s Ferry Review, American Chordata, The New Haven Review, and Gone Lawn, among others. You can see or read more of her work at

Ebenezer, Ebenezer by Ariel Chu – First Place Winner of the Spring Flash Fiction Contest

Ariel Chu is an MFA candidate in Fiction at Syracuse University. Her work can be found (or is forthcoming) in Beecher’s Magazine, Nat. Brut, Wildness, Underblong, and Stirring: A Literary Collection. She lives in Eastvale, California and is currently serving as a Hutchinson Fellow in Creative Writing. Visit her at

Out of the Fields by Bryna Cofrin-Shaw – Second Place Winner of the Spring Flash Fiction Contest

Bryna Peebles Cofrin-Shaw is a graduate of the Hunter College MFA in Creative Writing, and Brown University. Her work has been published in the American Literary Review and has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology. She is originally from Northampton, Massachusetts and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Spies by Timothy Schirmer – Third Place Winner of the Spring Flash Fiction Contest

Timothy Schirmer lives in Gainesville with his partner and their dog.  He is currently a candidate in the writing program at the University of Florida.  His writing has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Passages North, Subtropics, Necessary Fiction, The Adirondack Review, Hobart, Rust + Moth, Rattle, and elsewhere.  He lives online at:

Congratulations to our nominees! We wish them the best of luck.


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