Don’t Cheat. You Can Still Get Published.

October 6, 2015

In 2012 we had the incredible pleasure of publishing Rachael Warecki’s story “The Rites of Summer” in Volume One of our anthology. This year she was a Short Story Award Finalist, earning special recognition for her work, as well as agency review. This week she wrote a rebuttal to an article by the New Republic that writers need to cheat to get published. Rachael makes some wonderful points about submission strategy and evaluating your work. She writes: “It’s not a completely impermeable membrane, and you don’t have to cheat to make inroads. Just be strategic and selective about your submissions, and don’t be afraid to cultivate relationships with other writers, wherever you may find them.”

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 10.27.27 AMShe includes some lovely praise for our publication, as well as others who champion platforms for emerging writers. It’s a wonderful read by a wonderful writer and friend. Read the full piece, here.


At The Masters Review, our mission is to support emerging writers. We only accept submissions from writers who can benefit from a larger platform: typically, writers without published novels or story collections or with low circulation. We publish fiction and nonfiction online year-round and put out an annual anthology of the ten best emerging writers in the country, judged by an expert in the field. We publish craft essays, interviews and book reviews and hold workshops that connect emerging and established writers.

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