Last Day to SUBMIT! The Masters Review Scary Story Contest

October 15, 2014

october widgetToday marks the deadline of our scary story contest. Lucky (or unlucky) $13 earns you a chance at $500 and publication in The Masters Review, which will post on Halloween Day.

Got something in mind? We want to see it. Here are the details:

To put it simply, creep us out. Make our palms sweat. Scare us with the unsettling, the horrible, the surprising, and the terrible. Make the hair on the back of our necks stand up. We want to think twice before turning out the lights. Whether your writing invokes Mary Shelley, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Bram Stoker, Margaret Atwood, Cormac McCarthy, Karen Russell, or Edgar Allen Poe we want to read it. We’re open to all styles and ideas, but your story must be well-constructed. We will show a particular interest in those pieces with some literary merit; stories that push themselves beyond the strangeness of their premise.

– Up to 5,000 words
– Previously unpublished work only
– Simultaneous submissions okay but please inform us if your story is picked up elsewhere
– $13 to enter
– Wow us. Scare us.



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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