Finalists: The 2020 Summer Short Story Award for New Writers

December 16, 2020

Help us ring in the new year by celebrating the finalists for our 2020 Summer Short Story Award for New Writers! Guest judge Kali Fajardo-Anstine noted the particularly strong set of stories for this year’s contest, and we absolutely agree. Thank you to all of our wonderful submitters. We are forever grateful that you trust us with your words. And remember, our Winter Short Story Award is open until Jan. 31st, with guest judge Helen Oyeyemi!


Burning by Adeline Lovell

Second Place

Matchbox by Nancy Ludmerer

Third Place

Como La Flor by Dayna Cobarrubias

Honorable Mention

Petrified by Clare Howdle


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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