May is Short Story Month!

May 2, 2016

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Each May we celebrate Short Story Month by showcasing our favorite form. Guest editors and writers join us for thirty days of essays, interviews, and original fiction. Here’s what we have lined up for 2016.

In an essay on character folding, Rebecca Makkai discusses how to effectively combine characters. Contributions from Masters Review editors Kim Winternheimer and Sadye Teiser include an essay on the short story in today’s literary climate and an examination of The Strange in fiction. We also have exclusive interviews with recent Pulitzer Prize finalist and famed short story writer, Kelly Link, and The Atlantic’s Fiction Editor, C. Michael Curtis. Writers Thomas Pierce and Katie Chase are contributing original stories, and we cap off the month with a look at “stories that teach,” examples from guest writers on the stories they loved and why.

Our Short Story Award for New Writers also begins this month, with submissions opening May 15th. $2000, publication, and agency review from three agents goes to the winner. Runners up also earn cash prizes, publication, and agency review. It’s going to be a great month, so keep an eye on all our happenings!

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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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