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SUBMISSION CALENDAR

Summer Short Story Award for New Writers: July 1 – August 28

DETAILS: JUDGE: CHELSEA BIEKER! 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.

Summer Workshop: August 1 – August 31

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.

Chapbook Open: September 1 – Dec 31

DETAILS: Each year, The Masters Review holds an open call for chapbooks over the final four months of the year. We want to publish your collections of flash, your mini novellas, your forty-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 around 25-45ish double-spaced pages of prose.) 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, who will select the winning book. 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, will be published in spring 2023.

Novel Excerpt Contest October 1 – Dec 1

DETAILS: The Masters Review hosts and annual 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 Excerpts must be from previously unpublished novels; if your novel has been self-published, it is ineligible for this contest.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. Our guest judge 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. Our inaugural winner of this contest is Glenn Lester!

Winter Short Story Award for New Writers: Dec 1 – Jan 31

Submissions closed! Check back in July for the finalists. 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.

The Masters Review Anthology XI: Feb 1 – Mar 27

DETAILS: Our anthology prize produces work for our printed book, and each year recognizes ten winners. $5,000 will be awarded to new writers in our search for the best new talent. Winners will be chosen by Peter Ho Davies, the guest judge for The Masters Review Volume XI. Details here.

Spring Workshop: April 1 – May 31

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.

Flash Fiction Contest: April 1 – May 31

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.

New Voices: Year Round

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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