Roxane Gay to Judge The Masters Review Anthology Volume VI

December 8, 2016


Roxane Gay will be selecting stories for The Masters Review Anthology Volume VI

Each year we pair with a guest judge to select stories for our anthology, which acts as a showcase for today’s best emerging writers. The experience and expertise of our judge guides our selections, and we’re honored to work with such a talented individual for our sixth volume.

ROXANE GAY is an associate professor at Purdue University, the author of the essay collection Bad Feminist, the novel An Untamed State, and the forthcoming story collection and memoir Difficult Women and Hunger. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, with work appearing in Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Short Stories, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, and countless others. She is a guiding voice for today’s writers and we are extremely lucky to have her.

Submissions for our anthology are open from Jan 15 – Mar 31, 2017. We accept stories and essays up to 8000 words. Thirty writers are chosen for the shortlist and Roxane Gay will select ten to publish. See our anthology page for information on past volumes.

Here is what Roxane Gay is looking for in stories:

I love stories that make me both think and feel. I want to forget I am reading and become immersed in the world the writer is building in their story. I am also looking for plot. In fiction something needs to happen and that something needs to be interesting. I am not at all interested in stories about white people in sad marriages, or writers, or college students.


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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