Look at Them!

April 28, 2014

author updateWe take promoting our authors seriously. Like, really seriously. Which is why from time to time we check in with writers of Masters Review past to see what they’ve been up to. Let’s take a look and collectively applaud a group of writers that is pretty damn fantastic. We’re serious when we say we publish only the best. These guys are besting their asses off.


SMKPhoto-CleanDrew Krepp – (Masters Review 2013) The Salt Marsh King is a modern reprisal of Shakespeare’s King Lear replete with a once powerful “king”– here the ailing founder of a fishing empire – and his bickering, dangerous kin. We were thrilled to publish Drew’s “The Brackish” last year and are quickly tearing through his debut new novel, which comes out in June from Bancroft Press. Check back soon for a full review of the book, and in the meantime get your pre-order on, stat.


Justice-Inc.-Front-Cover-260x390Dale Bridges – (Masters Review, New Voices) We had the incredible honor of publishing, “Life Without Men” earlier this year, a story which appears in Dale Bridges debut collection of short stories, Justice Inc. Dale writes with humor and wit about society’s grim future. He examines our moral compass with a keen eye, throwing zombies, clones, and robotics at an apathetic world that has lost its way. Stay tuned for our full review, but pre-order your copy from Monkey Puzzle Press, now.


Kimzey_cover-250x386-1Blake Kimzey – Blake is a two-time Masters Review shortlist author. In 2013, we recognized his short story “The Boy and The Bear” and this year we were pleased to include “Picketers” on our list of stories up for inclusion. Blake has a debut collection of short stories forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press, titled Families Among Us. It has already been reviewed by the likes of Roxane Gay, Matt Bell, and Ramona Ausubel, all to resounding applause. You can pre-order your copy here.



Zana Previti – (Masters Review 2012) This spring Zana won the Academy of American Poet’s Prize for her poem “Gojira,” which will be published in Ninth Letter.  Her story “The Letters of Odysseus to Kalypso” is a finalist for the 2014 Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction, and she was also recently awarded a scholarship to attend the Tin House Writer’s Workshop, held in Portland, Oregon, this summer.

Monica Macansantos – (Masters Review 2012) Recently Monica had a story published in the journal Five Quarterly that was later on featured in the University of Pittsburgh Writing Program’s Longform Fiction website. The same story earned an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s December 2013 Fiction Open. She also has two poems publishing next year in TAYO Literary Magazine and a creative non-fiction piece in Your Impossible Voice. She earned her MFA last May and held writers’ residencies at Hedgebrook and at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska.

Erica Sklar – (Masters Review 2012) Since publishing with The Masters Review, Erica has had essays published at TheNewerYork and The Summerset Review, and poems in The MacGuffin and Blue Earth Review. Her essay “Identify Yourself” was a finalist in this year’s Crab Orchard Review contest.

Andrew Payton – (Masters Review 2013) Andrew Payton is a graduate of Iowa State University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment, and in 2014-15 he will live in Svidník, Slovakia as a Fulbright fellow. His fiction is published in Greensboro Review, Gigantic Sequins, and The Masters Review. He received finalist commendations in the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and has work forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review and Meridian. Find him at andrewdpayton.wordpress.com.

Courtney Gillette – (Masters Review 2013) Courtney’s work appeared in ARDOR Literary Magazine’s Winter issue as the Featured Writer, alongside her essay “Universal Champion.” Courtney says, “They’re a super sweet online magazine that’s relatively new, so it’s been great fun spreading the word about them.” She also discussed her Masters Review story, “How to Like Girls” with the Postmasters Podcast earlier this year. Her her discussion on Writing, Identity, and Sexuality, can be found here.

Louise Ells – (Masters Review 2013) We are so pleased to share links to Louise Ells’ recently published poems and short story with Harts & Minds, The Journal of Humanities and Arts.  They are lovely pieces of work and we encourage you all to take a look.

Dustin M. Hoffman – (Masters Review 2013) After publishing Dustin’s short story, “Almost Touching, Almost Free” Hoffman had a marquee year. The Journal, MAKE Magazine, REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, and The Threepenny Review will all be publishing Dustin’s stories in the upcoming months. “Sawdust and Glue” in Sou’wester, “Everything a Snake Needs” in Quarter After Eight, and “Workmen’s Compensation” in Fourteen Hills were also recently published. He accepted a position as the new assistant professor of fiction at Winthrop University. Dustin, you are amazing.


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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