Praise for The Masters Review

Winner! INDIE FAB Silver Medal for Best Short Story Collection.

Winner! The Oregon Literary Arts 2015 Fellowship, awarded to publishers and magazines who show a commitment to literary publishing.

“I read your issues like clockwork! I’m a literary agent, and there’s such a great cast of emerging writers on this site that I’m always checking in to see if there’s anyone who might be looking for representation for longer form work.” Victoria Marini, GELFMAN SCHNEIDER / ICM PARTNERS

The Masters Review Volume III delights with a stunningly eclectic array of voices, uniform only in their excellence. This anthology is a testament to the health of contemporary literature.” – LAURA VAN DEN BERG, author of Find Me and The Isle of Youth

“The Masters Review is a lovely magazine, in form and content. How awesome it is to see the next generation of writers kicking ass, taking names, and making beautiful art.” –STEVE ALMOND, author

“What makes this collection so strong is that the stories, when taken together, are reacting to the human experience in such different ways. We are not seeing the same thing over and over. Instead, we are dropped into ten different worlds with ten different sets of characters that are shouting for us to pay attention.” –SAM SLAUGHTER, The Small Press Book Review

“With their third volume, The Masters Review continues their rapid, upward trajectory of literary awesomeness. Reading the ten stories in this anthology, it is easy to think we will one day look back at this collection as the launch pad for the careers of ten amazing writers.” –TROY PALMER, editor, Little Fiction | Big Truths

“If these are the voices we’ll be hearing from, American literature has an awful lot to look forward to.” –RAMONA AUSUBEL, author of No One is Here Except All of Us and A Guide to Being Born

“While I’ve been publishing steadily for years now, this the first time I’ve actually been paid for fiction. I certainly needed the money, but much more than that, I needed the feeling of validation that comes with being remunerated for my work. It’s been a long, hard struggle, and this is a milestone for me. Thank you for supporting new voices in the writing community.” — DALE BRIDGES, New Voices author, 2013

“The future of literature… Compelling. It gave this reader a bit of a chill.” — Five-star review from Readers’ Favorite

“Publishing with MR continues to be one of my best publishing experiences so far. Probably the best. It just doesn’t happen–editors continuing to show such support to their writers even a year after publishing them. And I continue to sing the song of MR to my friends and students and colleagues.” — DUSTIN M. HOFFMAN, The Masters Review Volume II author, 2013

“Each story in the collection is cogent—even more so than certain efforts collected in the 2010 New Yorker assembly…. The stories cannot be examined as variations of a theme, which makes it versatile literature…. The ten stories in The Masters Review foretell an inspiring future of American letters if these writers maintain their course. They signal more than talent; they suggest a willingness to experiment significantly, to examine a theme thoughtfully and, like the metaphor referenced above, to convey the flame and anchor the story down in the event of wind…. On the website for this year’s collection, the editors specify innovation and “authenticity” as criteria for inclusion. The diversity of voices and styles seems to support these aims.” — Five-star review from NewPages. Read the full review, here.

“Big thanks to you and everyone at MR for providing such a outstanding opportunity — that A.M. Homes knows my name and my writing is a dream beyond dreams.” –– COURTNEY GILLETTE,The Masters Review Volume II author, 2013

The Masters Review is a beautifully designed annual compendium of emerging literary talent. The concept is as unique as it is well-executed. To read these stories is to experience the great range and talent of fantastic new voices in literature from across the country.” — EVAN P. SCHNEIDER, author of A Simple Machine, Like the Lever

“You guys have been great about promoting your authors and your literary magazine, and I can’t thank you enough for that. I’ve had at least one other litmag solicit work from me based on contact they’ve had with The Masters Review.” – Rachael Warecki, The Masters Review Volume I author, 2012

“Your suggestions have been so helpful thus far and I will definitely be in touch as I begin tearing through it again. Thank you so so much for this opportunity! I feel like you are so in tune with my writing and what I want to do.  Thank you so so much for this.” –– Halle, Summer Workshop writer

“I really appreciate how transparent you’re making this process and how much you’re including the contributors. It’s completely different from the process of any other market I’ve been published, which I could only describe as being like a black hole with varying degrees of opaqueness.” — Shane R. Collins, The Masters Review Volume III author, 2014

The Masters Review is a welcome addition to the long list of American literary journals. For writers in M.F.A. programs–both traditional and low-residency–The Masters Review provides a place to submit and a possible showcase; for readers of literary fiction and nonfiction, the journal is a way to discover new writers. The prose, by turns quiet, experimental, and starkly honest, ranges widely in subject matter and style, but is always of high quality.” –– GEORGE ESTREICH, author and Oregon Book Award winner, The Shape of the Eye


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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