Introducing Our Fall Fiction Contest Judge: Anita Felicelli!

September 26, 2019

We are thrilled to share that Anita Felicelli, author of Love Songs for a Lost Continent and Chimerica, will judge our Fall Fiction Contest! The contest opens Tuesday, October 1st and will run until November 30th. The Masters Review will select a shortlist of 15, from which Felicelli will select the 3 winners. The winning story will earn a $2000 prize in addition to publication. Find the full details below:

Anita Felicelli will be judging our Fall Fiction Contest this year!

DETAILS: The winning story of our Fall Fiction Contest will be paid $2000, awarded publication online in The Masters Review, and will receive a note from Anita Felicelli on why the story was selected. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200, respectively, as well as correspondence from our judge. Fifteen stories will be acknowledged by The Masters Review staff in early 2020 and the winners will be selected by Anita Felicelli from that pool. Details on the upcoming contest can be found here.

Anita Felicelli is the author of the novel CHIMERICA and the short story collection LOVE SONGS FOR A LOST CONTINENT, which won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Her essays, reviews, and criticism have appeared in the SF Chronicle, the Los Angeles Review of Books, New York Times (Modern Love), Slate, Salon, Catapult, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She graduated from UC Berkeley and UC Berkeley School of Law. She’s a member of the National Book Critics Circle and a VONA alum. She’s received a Puffin Foundation grant, Greater Bay Area Journalism awards, and Pushcart nominations, and her fiction and poems have been anthologized. CHIMERICA appeared on The Millions Most Anticipated List for 2019. Born in South India, she lives in the Bay Area with her family.

Submissions open on Tuesday! Submit up to 6,000 words of your very best fiction. Fifteen stories will be chosen for the shortlist, and Anita Felicelli will select the winning 3. Check out our Fall Fiction page for details on previous winners. Please note: For this contest, we are only considering fiction.


  • Submissions are open from Oct 1 – Nov 30
  • 6000 word limit
  • Fiction only
  • 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. Writers with novels published with a circulation of fewer than 5000 copies can also submit.)
  • $20 submission fee
  • International submissions allowed
  • Previously unpublished work only
  • Translations allowed, providing the story has not been published in another language
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere
  • Winner receives $2000 and publication
  • 2nd and 3rd place stories receive $300 and $200 respectively, in addition to publication
  • Please no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication
  • Dazzle us
  • To view a list of our most commonly asked questions regarding submitting to The Masters Review, please see our FAQ page
We don’t have any preferences topically or in terms of style. We’re simply looking for the best. We don’t define, nor are we interested in, stories identified by their genre. We do, however, consider ourselves a publication that focuses on literary fiction. Dazzle us, take chances, and be bold. Thanks for supporting our publication, and thank you for your work.

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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