Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

The Best of the Net Anthology is Live!

botnCongratulations again to Masters Review author Megan Giddings, whose story “The Brothers WHAM!” was chosen for publication alongside only six other stories for Sundress Publication’s The Best of the Net in fiction. The full list of finalists in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, culled from hundreds of participating journals, can be found here:

In his letter to readers, Editor Darren C. Demaree had this to say:

“The pieces that were nominated and included in the Best of the Net this past year were innovative, passionate, and at certain points jaw-dropping. What might have been most stirring to me were the challenges that these works undertook—gender, sexual orientation, politics, the home construct, language creation and language barriers. All of these things were approached with an ecstatic touch. There was real adrenaline in the work that I read, and even if it all wasn’t flawless, there was enough of a current that I would find myself writing pieces that answered or joined the discussion. Mine is the ultimate position for a literature fanboy, and I feel privileged I got to spend the time I did with so many new and growing voices. Last year’s work held real brilliance, and I’m excited to share what I believe to be an excellent representation of that in this year’s Best of the Net Anthology.”

Congratulations to Megan and to all the writers and journals selected!

“The Boy and The Bear” Selected For The Best Small Fictions 2015

Boy Bear_best small fictionsBig CONGRATULATIONS to Masters Review New Voices author Blake Kimzey and his story “The Boy and The Bear,” which was selected for publication in The Best Small Fictions anthology by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler! The collection showcases the best pieces of short fiction (1000 words or fewer) written over the last year and is produced by Queens Ferry Press. “The Boy and The Bear” can also be found in Kimzey’s chapbook Families Among Us, published by Black Lawrence Press.

Congratulations, Blake!

INDIE FAB Award Finalist

IndieFab_finalist-awardAn enormous thanks to Foreword Reviews for selecting The Masters Review Volume III with stories selected by Lev Grossman as a finalist for their INDIE FAB awards in both the anthologies and short stories categories.

The INDIE FAB awards aim to acknowledge strong writing by independent presses. It is wonderful to be considered and among such a strong group of finalists.

Their site says: “After 17 years, our awards program has become synonymous with quality because our editors set such a high bar on the finalist round, which makes it especially tough for the judges who select the winners,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “In every genre, our judges will find an interesting, high-quality selection of books culled from this year’s entries.”

Winners announce in the upcoming months.

“The Brothers Wham!” Selected for Best of The Net Anthology 2014

Brothers-What1Congratulations to Megan Giddings and her New Voices story “The Brothers Wham!” It was selected for publication and will appear in The Best of the Net Anthology 2014, a project that promotes the diverse and growing collection of stories published online.

“The Brothers Wham!” by Megan Giddings

It’s easy to assume that when people hear George Michael sing and sigh, “that’s a voice that can raise the dead,” they’re just complimenting him. It’s not a compliment. It’s true. I experienced it. His voice is an alarm clock urging all dead within hearing distance to rise.

It was a little over five years since I’d died when his voice penetrated through the soil and my casket’s lid. My bones started clanking, reforming, growing solid. The coming together shook loose the ant colony that had burrowed into the cardboard. It ejected the maggots and broke off the long-ends of my fingernails. Flesh grew back. My face became firm again and my eyelids filled out, thin and crepey. I heard the satisfying slurp of my spleen growing back crimson and full. My heart played a cadence and then returned to a steady rhythm. Rapids of blood flowed from it, making my body whole.

Read the rest of the story, here.

The National Book Award Winners 2014

2010_nba_winnerFiction: Phil Klay, Redeployment (The Penguin Press/ Penguin Group (USA))

Nonfiction: Evan Osnos, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Poetry: Louise Glück, Faithful and Virtuous Night (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Young People’s Literature: Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Group (USA))

imagesSee all the coverage, including the list of finalists, here.

AWP Scholarship Competition


AWP is one of the largest book fairs and conferences in the country. Writers, publishers, students, and teachers gather annually to learn and celebrate the literary community. AWP offers a scholarship to new and emerging authors offering them the ability to attend the conference with special access by submitting a piece of fiction up to 25 pages. This year’s judge is Rigoberto González, author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, as well as winner of the American Book Award… just to name a few.

Interested participants need to enter by March 30, 2014. Submit and find more information on the scholarship, here.

Mark Your Calendars – 7 Contests To Enter This Month

Mark your calendars and polish your work, here are seven short story contests with deadlines this month.

– Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Contest: Publication and $1500 is awarded to the best piece of short fiction less than 7000 words. Winner will also be awarded an all expense paid trip to the festival. Full details at Entry fee: $25, DUE DATE: Nov, 15.

– Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition: $3000 is awarded to the first place writer for a short story of no more than 1500 words. First place winner is also provided with an all expense paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. Second place is awarded $1500. Both stories will be published in Writer’s Digest. Full details at: Entry fee: $20, DUE DATE: Nov, 15.

– New Millennium Awards: Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given for a poem; a work of fiction; a work of short short fiction; and a work of nonfiction, including creative nonfiction. All works must be previously unpublished or to have appeared in a print publication with circulation of less than 5000. Word counts vary. See website for full details:  Entry fee: $20, DUE DATE: Nov, 17

– Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers: $1500 and publication is awarded to the best short story written by an author who has not yet earned publication in a journal with circulation over 5000 copies. Submit up to 12000 words. Full details at: Entry fee: $15, DUE DATE: Nov, 30

– Narrative Magazine Fall Story Contest: Cash prizes awarded to first and second place writers for prose up to 15000 words. All entries are considered for publication. Full details here: Entry fee: $22, DUE DATE: Nov, 30

– Late Night Library Virgin Awards: Nine awards totalling $1800 are given to writers who have not published a book-length project. 5000 word max, several categories. Full details here: Entry fee: $10, DUE DATE: Nov, 30

Pushcart Press – Editor’s Book Award: $1,000 is awarded for a fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award aims to recognize talent overlooked by publishing conglomerates. Full details at No entry fee. DUE DATE: Nov, 15.

National Book Award Finalists Announced

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 3.18.14 PMIf you haven’t heard already, The National Book Award Finalists in Fiction were announced today. And here they are:

Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)

James McBride, The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead Books/Penguin Group USA)

Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge (The Penguin Press/Penguin Group USA)

George Saunders, Tenth of December (Random House)

There really is a moment happening for short story writers. George Saunders, NBA Finalist; Alice Munro, Nobel Prize Winner; Karen Russell, MacArthur Fellow. Hail to the short story!

We loved The Flamethrowers. Kushner has our vote!

Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Alice_Munro_183933045_620x350There was a collective holding of breath waiting for the Noble Prize announcements to be made. Then there was a collective literary roar as one of the world’s foremost experts in short story writing was the thirteenth woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Alice Munro’s body of work examines the delicate balance in our relationships, exposing the way our lives expand and contract around the people within them. It could not have gone to a more deserving writer.

Her most recent collection of stories, Dear Life, is said to be her last. With it, Munro retires with volumes of beautiful work. Her stories are the kind to read and reread, the sort you grow old with. This is a wonderful day for short story writers, for women in the field, and for literature as a whole. Congratulations to Alice Munro.

“For years and years I thought that stories were just practice, till I got time to write a novel,” she told The New Yorker in 2012. “Then I found that they were all I could do, and so I faced that. I suppose that my trying to get so much into stories has been a compensation.”

Masters Review Author Highlight – Dustin M. Hoffman

Dustin M. Hoffman

Meet Dustin M. Hoffman. Dustin is a Masters Review author who recently has a lot to celebrate. Aside from the publication of his story “Almost Touching, Almost Free,” which publishes in The Masters Review this October, Dustin is the recent winner of the Burning River Chapbook Contest for his collection of connected stories titled, Secrets of the Wild. The book will be published by Burning River and will be out next year. Dustin’s recent accolades also include finalist for the Green Mountains Review Brattleboro Literary Festival Flash Fiction Contest and a story forthcoming in the Chicago Literary Magazine, Make.

The Masters Review is thrilled to congratulate Dustin on these incredible achievements. To read “Almost Touching, Almost Free” stay tuned for our publication date, October 1, 2013.

We certainly know how to pick ’em. Congratulations, Dustin!

Your Guide to Literary Awards


The recent longlist announcement for the Man Booker Prize got us thinking about the many different literary honors awarded each year. From Pulitzer to Pushcart we’ve broken down some of our favorites so you can better know what to expect from the books and authors named to these esteemed lists.

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction – has been hailed as one of the highest literary honors for American authors since its inception in 1918. The winner, only eligible to American authors, is awarded $10,000 for distinguished fiction, preferably fiction dealing with American life.

National Book Award – there are those who claim the NBA is followed slightly less by the public than literary insiders, but the fact remains this award is no less prestigious. The National Book Award awards authors in the categories of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. The committee selects books nominated by publishers that, “celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America.”

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction – the PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s tag line is “Promoting a Love of Literature” and awards one American author $15000 and four runners up $5000 each for work that represents the best American fiction published within the calendar year. The PEN/Faulkner award is the largest peer-juried award in the country. For example, the 2014 winner will be selected by three authors who will review over 350 selections. Authors and publishers can both nominate for this award.

Man Booker Prize – was originally known as the Booker Prize and is widely considered one of the largest literary prizes in the world. The prize launched in 1969 and aims to promote the finest fiction by rewarding a novel written by a citizen of the UK, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland, £50,000. Every shortlisted author is given £2,500.

Women’s Prize for Fiction – was originally known as the Orange Prize for Fiction and annually awards excellence in women’s writing. Interestingly, the Women’s Prize has only been running since 1996, making it  the newest award on our list. The winner takes home £30,000. This year’s winner was our own AM Homes, who selected ten stories from shortlist for publication. Previous judge, Lauren Groff was shortlisted for this award in 2008. What can we say? We know how to pick ’em.

Newbery Medal – “is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Although it is a children’s fiction award,  The Newbery Medal has recognized books that are hailed as all-time favorites. Since 1922 the association has recognized The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle, Daniel Boone, A Wrinkle in Time, Bridge to Terebithia, Sounder, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, The Whipping Boy, Number the Stars, and The Giver, just to name a few. If you think that’s impressive, check out the shortlists from each year.

Nebula Awards – annually recognizes the best work in science fiction and fantasy. Awards are offered in the categories of novel, novella, novelette, short story, and script. The Nebula is organized and selected by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and was established in 1966.

O. Henry Award – recognizes excellence in short fiction. The PEN/O. Henry Stories, is a collection of the twenty best short stories published in the US or Canada.

Pushcart Prize – since 1976 the Pushcart Prize has been recognizing authors of short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction who were previously published in small presses. Each year, an anthology of selected works is produced. The Pushcart Prize anthology is one of the most highly regarded literary projects in the country.

Hugo Award – the Hugo Award began in 1956 and was known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award until 1992 before the name was changed to honor Hugo Gernsback, founder of Science Fiction Magazine, Amazing Stories. Every year awards are given at the World Science Fiction Convention and are offered for numerous categories. The Hugo Award is considered one of the highest honors in fantasy and science fiction.

Nobel Prize for Literature – has been awarding authors since 1901 who have shown outstanding work in the field of literature. As opposed to other awards, which are given for a specific novel or story, the Novel Prize for Literature is awarded for an author’s body of work over the course of their lifetime.

Did we miss any? Leave your favorite in the comments!

By Kim Winternheimer

Awards, Finalists, and Winners


The Masters Review is offering a round of applause to three members of our team who have been honored in fiction over the last few weeks. It’s a trifecta of awesome and we’re here to pay this news some notice.

AM Homes is Awarded the Women’s Prize for Fiction

Our guest judge, AM Homes was awarded The Women’s Prize for Fiction last week for her novel May We Be Forgiven, beating out the likes of Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith, and Maria Semple. This is an astonishing accomplishment and we’re so honored to have worked with her this year.

“Potomac” Named Finalist for the Nelson Algren Award

Masters Review Volume II author-to-be, Andrew Payton, was selected as a finalist for the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award for his short story “Potomac” which we will be publishing in October. Congratulations, Andrew!

Kim Winternehimer Wins Flavorwire’s Short Fiction Contest

Masters Review fiction editor, Kim Winternheimer, won the Flavorwire Short Fiction contest last month for her short story, “The Art and Science of Growing Back Your Arm.” It’s five pages of sheer, wondrous delight.

We’re in good company, no? Congratulations to all three!

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