Past Awards

//Flash Fiction Contest//

Our love of flash fiction runs deep. We are proud to  offer a contest dedicated solely to flash. The winning writer will be awarded $3000 and publication in The Masters Review. Check back in August for the shortlist. Second and third place will be awarded $300 and $200, respectively, as well as publication in The Masters Review. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction.

//The Masters Review Anthology Volume IX//

Check back soon for our shortlist! Every year The Masters Review opens submissions to produce our anthology, a collection of ten stories and essays written by the best emerging authors. Our aim is to showcase ten writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. The ten winners are nationally distributed in a printed book with their stories and essays exposed to top agents, editors, and authors across the country. Our third volume was awarded the Silver Medal for Best Short Story Collection through the INDIEFAB Awards in 2015, and our fourth volume was an honorable mention for best anthology. Last year, we were proud to work with the queen of fairy tales herself, Kate Bernheimer who selected the finalists for Volume VIII. Submit today to purchase your copy of Volume VIII, or check us out on Amazon!

 


//  PAST AWARD WINNERS  //

For a full calendar of submission opportunities click here.
For our annual anthology winners and information on that project, click here.

Winter Short Story Award Contest Winners 2019:

Judged by Kimberly King Parsons. Details on our Short Story Award page.

First Place Story:
“The Driver” by Samantha Xiao Cody

Second Place Story:
“Joe Blake” by Raeden Richardson

Third Place Story:
“The Easiest Thing in the World” by Taylor Grieshober

Honorable Mention:
“Rapture” by Chloe Seim

Fall Fiction Contest Winners 2019:

Judged by Anita Felicelli. Details on our Fall Fiction Contest page.

Winner:
“Salt Sea” by Zeeva Bukai

Second Place Story:
“Shenzhen” by Willa Zhang

Third Place Story:
“It Could Happen to You” by Trent England

Honorable Mention:
“Genealogy” by Nancy London

Summer Short Story Award Contest Winners 2019:

Judged by Tope Folarin. Details on our Short Story Award page.

Winner:
“Ghost Story” by Becca Anderson

Second Place Story:
“Escape Velocity” by Karisa Tell

Third Place Story:
“Mutts” by Shane Page

Honorable Mention:
“Terraforming Mars” by Emmett Knowlton

Flash Fiction Contest Winners 2019:

Judged by Kathy Fish. Details on our Flash Fiction Contest page.

Winner:
“Homecoming” by Kathryn Phalen

Second Place Story:
“The Remains” by Felicity Fenton

Third Place Story:
“Simple Physics by Kevin Leahy

Honorable Mention:
“Observation Tube—McMurdo Station, Antarctica” by Justin Herrmann

Winter Short Story Award Winners 2018:

Judged by Aimee Bender. Details on our Short Story Award page.

Winner:
“Damico” by Joe Bond

Second Place Story:
“Caretaker Needed” by Meghan Daniels

Third Place Story:
“Narada’s Ears” by Sanjena Sathian

Honorable Mention:
“At This Late Hour by Rebecca Turkewitz

Summer Flash Fiction Contest Winners 2018:

Judged by The Masters Review Staff. Details on our Flash Fiction page.

Winner:
How to Spot a Whale” by Jacqui Reiko Teruya

Second Place Story:
Two Kinds of Neighborhoods” by Neil Cooney

Third Place Story:
Rieb Kear (to Marry)” by Adam Nazaroff

Summer Short Story Award Winners 2018:

Judged by The Masters Review Staff. Details on our Short Story Award page.

First Place Story:
Confirmation by Alina Grabowski

Second Place Story:
Portrait of a Virgin by Rachel Cochran

Third Place Story:
A Country Where I Am Beautiful by Patricia Smith

Honorable Mentions:

Headshot” by Charles Ullmann
We Are The Horizon” by Laura Fletcher

Spring Flash Fiction Contest Winners 2018

Judged by The Masters Review Staff. Details on our Flash Fiction page.

Winner:
“Ebenezer, Ebenezer” by Ariel Chu

Second Place Story:
“Out of the Fields” by Bryna Cofrin-Shaw

Third Place Story:
“Spies” by Timothy Schirmer

Winter Short Story Award Winners 2018

Judged by The Masters Review Staff. Details on our Short Story Award page.

First Place Story:
“Drop Zone Summer” by Nick Fuller Googins

Second Place Story:
“A History That Brings Me to You” by Katie M. Flynn

Third Place Story:
“Birth Stories” by Sarah Harris Wallman

Honorable Mentions:
“The Visible Spectrum” by Carlee Jensen
“On My Honor,” by Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley

Fall Fiction Contest Award Winners 2017

Judged by Brian Evenson. Details on our Fall Fiction Contest page.

First Place Story:
“If I Could Have Anything, I’d Only Choose This” by Jill Rosenberg

Second Place Story:
“Lepidomancy” by Maria Lioutaia

Third Place Story:
“Together, Maureen” by Amanda Emil Anderson

Honorable Mentions:
“The Deca-Life Crisis” by Jessi Lewis
“Fog Area” by Ben Sandman

Summer Short Story Award Winners 2017

Judged by The Masters Review Staff. Details on our Short Story Award page.

First Place Story:
“Demonman” by Juliacia Case

Second Place Story:
“The Devil is a Liar” by Ngwah-Mbo Nkewti

Third Place Story:
“Iron Boy Kills The Devil” by Sheldon Costa

Flash Fiction Contest Winners 2017

Judged by The Masters Review Staff. Details on our Flash Fiction page.

Winner:
“Out and Out” by Latifa Ayad
PUBLISHED BY PEN AMERICA

Second Place Story:
“Lions in The House” by Beejay Silcox

Third Place Story:
“The Wheelchair” Mahreen Sohail

Honorable Mentions:
“Road Trip” by Rachel Attias
“Balter Cafe” by Elle Flythe

Winter Short Story Award Winners 2016

Judged by The Masters Review Staff. Details on our Short Story Award page.

Winner
“Operation” by Scott Gloden

Second Place Story
“White Out” by Caitlin O’Neil
EARNED REPRESENTATION FROM OUR ASSOCIATED AGENCY

Third Place Story
“Malheur Refuge” by Rick Attig

Fall Fiction Contest Winners 2016

Judged by Kelly Link. Details on our Fall Fiction Contest page.

Winner:
“Night Beast” by Ruth Joffre
STORY COLLECTION “NIGHT BEAST” SOLD TO GROVE ATLANTIC

Second Place Story:
“Family, Family” by Jeannine Ouellette

Third Place Story:
“Good Creatures, Small Things” by Cate Fricke

Summer Short Story Award 2016

Judged by The Masters Review Staff. Details on our Short Story Award page.

Winner:
“Red”
by Katie Knoll
FINALIST FOR THE SHIRLEY JACKSON AWARD FOR BEST SHORT STORY

Second Place Story:
“Ledgers”
by Claire Boyles

Third Place Story:
“The First Location”
by Molly Reid

Fall Fiction Winners 2015

Judged by Jeff Vandermeer

Winner:
“Linger Longer”
by Vincent Masterson
ACCEPTED IN CELEBRATED HORROR ANTHOLOGY EDITED BY ELLEN DATLOW

Second Place Story:
“Pool People”
by Jen Neale

Third Place Story:
“Animalizing”
by Marisela Navarro