DETAILS: This year, The Masters Review is holding 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 25-40 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 a guest judge Matt Bell, who will select the winning book. Last year’s winning book, Mastersplans by Nick Almeida, selected by Steve Almond, will be published this fall, and is available to pre-order now through any submission category. Digital and print copies will be available. A preview of Mastersplans will be available through New Voices at the end of August.
The Masters Review is hosting its first Novel Excerpt Contest! 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 Excerpts must be from previously unpublished novels; if your novel has been self-published, it is ineligible for this contest. As always, we have no limitations on genre, though we are primarily interested in literary fiction. Dan Chaon will serve as our inaugural judge and 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 1 page of feedback from a literary agent.
DETAILS: Our Short Story Award for New Writers hosts an awesome winter award, with Ye Chun judging! 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 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: Our anthology prize produces work for our printed book, and each year recognizes ten winners. $10,000 will be awarded to new writers in our search for the best new talent. The judge for The Masters Review Volume X is the masterful Diane Cook! Details here.
DETAILS: Check back in September for finalists! We love our call for flash fiction, which awards $3000 and publication to the best piece of fiction under 1000 words. 2021’s contest will be judged by Stuart Dybek! 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: Submissions are closed! Check back at the end of the year for this year’s winners! This year’s Summer Short Story Award for New Writers will be judged by Kristen Arnett! Working with six 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 at The Paris Review, American Short Fiction, and Tin House 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.
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.
All open submission categories can be accessed here: