Last Day to Submit: 2019-2020 Winter Short Story Award Closes at Midnight!

February 2, 2020

You have until the clock strikes midnight to get your submissions in for this year’s Winter Short Story Award for New Writers! We’re looking for your very best 6,000 words of fiction and narrative nonfiction. The finalists, selected by Kimberly King Parsons, will receive cash prizes in addition to publication and agency review, with the winning story receiving $3,000! If you have what it takes, submit below before the end of the night:

$3000 + Publication + Agency Review

Submit before it’s too late!

  • Winner receives $3000, publication, and agency review
  • Second and third place prizes ($300 / $200, publication, and agency review)
  • Stories under 6000 words
  • Previously unpublished stories only
  • Translations allowed, providing the story has not been published in another language
  • 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. Writers with novels published with a circulation of fewer than 5000 copies can also submit.)
  • International submissions allowed
  • $20 entry fee
  • Deadline: February 2, 2020
  • Please no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication
  • If requesting an editorial letter, please indicate on your cover letter if the submissions is fiction or creative nonfiction
  • To view a list of our most commonly asked questions regarding submitting to The Masters Review, please see our FAQ page.

Submit before it’s too late!


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