Fall Fiction Contest is Open || Judged by Kelly Link

September 15, 2016


Fall is our favorite time of year and this year’s contest is judged by one of our favorite writers. Get stoked. We are.

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Our Fall Fiction Contest, which awards $2000 and publication is now OPEN. This year the incredible Kelly Link will judge the stories. Full details and guidelines can be found on our Fall Fiction page, but here is the nitty gritty:

  • Stories under 7000 words
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
  • Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.)
  • International submissions allowed
  • $20 entry fee
  • Deadline: November 15
  • Second and third prize stories earn publication, and $200 and $100 respectively
  • All stories are considered for publication

To submit a story or learn more about our guidelines, click the submit button:

Curious what stood out in 2015? Read last year’s winners.

“Linger Longer” by Vincent Masterson

Second Place Story:
“Pool People” by Jen Neale

Third Place Story:
“Animalizing” by Marisela Navarro

About Kelly Link

organe porcupineKELLY LINK is the award-winning author of numerous short story collections including Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Get In Trouble was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 and was named a Best Book of The Year by Time, Kirkus Reviews, Slate, The Washington Post, and many others.


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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