We know submitting can be a nerve-racking process, so we want to make it as easy as possible for you. Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about submitting with us. We hope you find these helpful and handy!


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many times can I submit?

You may submit to us as many times as you wish, although we do suggest sending us your most polished work each time.

Q: Can I submit to multiple categories, i.e. New Voices and a contest, with the same story?

Yes. We allow both multiple and simultaneous submissions. You can submit the same story across any / all of the categories, but know that everything we read is considered for publication. We also process each story individually, so you may receive separate responses for the same piece. If you submit a work to us that is under consideration elsewhere, please let us know immediately if it is accepted so we can remove it from our consideration.

Q: Can I send you my work via email? Can I send submissions in the mail?

We DO NOT accept submissions via email. You must use Submittable to submit your work. If electronic submission is not possible for any reason, you may send your work via USPS ONLY with a US check or money order for any applicable entry fees to The Masters Review at: 70 SW Century Drive Suite 100442 Bend, Oregon 97702

Q: Do you accept international submissions?

We absolutely accept international submissions

Q: What is Submittable?

Submittable is the platform we use to collect, read, and accept work. An account is free to set up, and can be found here: www.submittable.com

Q: I lost my Submittable password, am having issues submitting, or am having trouble with my payment. Can you help?

The best thing to do for technical issues is contact Submittable directly, as they handle all the back-end support for us regarding payments and passwords. You can contact them here: support@submittable.com or at https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/

Q: Can self-published writers submit?

Yes. We accept work from self-published writers all the time, but the work you submit must be previously unpublished. That includes personal blogs and social media!

Q: Can I submit if I have published a novel or collection?

We only accept previously unpublished work, but if you have published or self-published novels or collections with low circulation (about 5,000 copies) you are eligible to submit. Writers who have published with an imprint of one of the Big Five publishers are not eligible. If you have a question about a particular piece, we may make exceptions, but please query us directly about the circumstances.

Q: What are your guidelines about format, i.e., Times New Roman, double-spaced, etc.?

Please submit in a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman or Arial are great choices) and double-spaced; this is easier on our eyes!

Q: What am I supposed to write in my cover letter?

A: Think of your cover letter as a brief author bio and what you would like posted on our site should your piece be selected for publication. Don’t overthink it; we just want to know a little about you! Most writers choose to include publication history or a little about the story that is being submitted.

Q: Do you require anonymous submissions?

A: In the past, we have required anonymous submissions, but over time, our philosophy on the matter has changed. We no longer require anonymous submissions; however, we do recommend leaving personal information off the submission itself and incorporating it into the cover letter. Our foremost focus is on the writing itself, but our readers review the cover letter after reading the submission for any additional context necessary. For more, check out “The Politics of Gatekeeping: On Reconsidering the Ethics of Blind Submissions” by Joyce Chen at Poets&Writers.

Q: My name is in the story because it is autobiographical. Do I need to remove it because you say no identifying information?

A: You do not if it is part of the story. 

Q: I submitted my story, but I need to make revisions. What do I do?

We fully understand that at times revisions need to be made and errors corrected. Please email us (contact [at] mastersreview [dot] com) in the event you need to make changes to your submission and we will open it for editing. You will be notified via email when your submission is open, and you will be allowed to make your changes and/or re-upload a new document if necessary.

Q: Can I get feedback on my work?

Yes! (For a fee.) Due to the number of submissions we receive, we cannot provide feedback on every story. However, you may choose to pay for our Editorial Letter add-on, which will provide you with 1-2 pages of feedback on your work from one of our guest editors. There is also our Summer Workshop, which is designed entirely to offer feedback on stories. Registration is in August! Our Novel Workshop, open in May, is designed for feedback on your novel-in-progress, as well!

Q: Do I maintain ownership and first serial rights if my work is accepted for publication?

You do maintain ownership of your work when you submit. If your work is selected for publication, our contract states we buy first serial rights for three months after publication.

Q: When can I expect to hear back about my story?

Regardless of acceptance or decline, you will hear back from us, we promise. For New Voices, you will hear back within 8-12 weeks from the day you submit. For contests and awards, the time frame is similar, but we frequently post information about exact announcement dates for the shortlist and winners online, via newsletter, and via our social media on Facebook and Twitter. Please check those at your convenience.

Q: Do your contests have themes?

No. Our awards are simply named for the seasons in which they are open and do NOT require a theme based on that season.

Q: Do you accept memoir, fantasy, romance or other genres?

We accept any submission as long as it fits the guidelines listed on the contest and award page. Please keep in mind, however, that we are a literary publication and therefore we are looking for stories that are character-based over plot-based. So while a story may fall into the realm of a certain genre it should be considered literary fiction first and foremost. We recommend you read all our guidelines carefully before submitting.




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.

Follow Us On Social

Masters Review, 2024 © All Rights Reserved