DETAILS: Winter is coming! Every year, our Short Story Award for New Writers hosts an awesome winter award, with Morgan Talty judging for 2022-2023! Winners and honorable mentions receive agency review from five agencies as well as publication. The winning story earns $3000, while the second and third place runners up receive $300 and $200, respectively. Check out our Winter Award information and previous Summer and Winter winners, including Joe Bond, who earned representation from Sarah Fuentes of Fletcher & Company as a result of this contest.
DETAILS: Every year The Masters Review opens submissions to produce our anthology, a print 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. Winners will be chosen by Toni Jensen, the guest judge for The Masters Review Volume XII. Each winner will earn publication and a $500 cash prize. Details here.
DETAILS: Expert feedback from the comforts of home. We are proud to be working with experienced editors to bring you feedback on your novels. Limited spots available. Registration is open until slots are filled.
DETAILS: We love our call for flash fiction, which awards $3000 and publication to the best piece of fiction under 1000 words. Guest judge for 2022 is Kim Chinquee! 2019’s finalists were also awarded a spot in Kathy Fish’s online Fast Flash workshop. 2017’s winner was also published with PEN America. Small + powerful.
DETAILS: Winners will be announced in December. Working with five agencies, our winner and honorable mentions earn agency review as well as publication. The winning story earns $3000. Second and third place runners up receive $300 and $200, respectively. Check out our Summer Award information and previous Summer and Winter winners, including Joe Bond, who earned representation from Sarah Fuentes of Fletcher & Company as a result of this contest.
DETAILS: Expert feedback from the comforts of home. We are proud to be working with editors with experience editing journals like The Southern Review, december, Guernica, Electric Lit, Crazyhorse and more! to bring you feedback on your stories and essays from the best in the field. Limited spots available. Registration is open until slots are filled. More here.
DETAILS: CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS. Check back in 2023 for the results! The Masters Review hosts an annual Novel Excerpt Contest each fall! We’re looking for excerpts that show off a sense of style, with a clear grasp on craft: narrative, character, and plot. Choose wisely! Your excerpt can come from any point in your completed or in-progress novels, but a synopsis should not be required for understanding the excerpt. Excerpts must be from previously unpublished novels; if your novel has been self-published, it is ineligible for this contest. Excerpts from novels that are under contract for 2022 or 2023 may not be submitted, but work from a novel scheduled for a 2024 publication date or beyond may. As always, we have no limitations on genre, though we are primarily interested in literary fiction. This year’s judge is Charmaine Craig! She will select the finalists from a shortlist provided by The Masters Review’s editorial team. The winning excerpt will be awarded $3000 and online publication and an hour-long consultation with a literary agent. Second and third place excerpts will be awarded online publication and $300 and $200 respectively, in addition to feedback from a literary agent.
DETAILS: CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS. Check back in 2023 for the results! Each fall, The Masters Review holds an open call for chapbooks. We want to publish your collections of flash, your mini novellas, your 40 page short stories. We want to publish your braided essays, your eclectic brainchildren, your experiments. However you want to tell your story, we want to read it. (As long as it’s between 25-45 double-spaced pages.) The submission window will be open for the final four months of the year, and The Masters Review staff will select a small shortlist of our favorites to pass along to guest judge who will select the winning manuscript. This year’s guest judge is Kim Fu. 2020’s winning book, Mastersplans by Nick Almeida, selected by Steve Almond, was published in May 2022. The title story, “Masterplans,” is available to read online. You can also read Steve Almond’s introduction to the chapbook, and order copies on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. 2021’s winner, Love at the End of the World by Lindy Biller, chosen by Matt Bell, will be published in spring 2023.
Our New Voices category is always open and always free to submit. Selected stories are paid $200 for short fiction and narrative non-fiction, and $100 for flash fiction up to 1,000 words, and are published on the site. Read New Voices stories here. For submission guidelines, click here.
Want to submit? Guidelines can be found on the submissions page.
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