The Masters Review Blog

Jun 3

Short Story Month 2016: RECAP

May is one of our favorite months each year because we dedicate all of our content to a celebration of the short story form. This year was no exception. In case you missed any of the literary goodies, here is a quick and easy guide to last month’s content, complete with links. Dive in.

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  • Our Short Story Showcase started off strong with an essay from founding editor Kim Winternheimer on what it is like to publish a short story collection in today’s literary climate. A gem from the piece: “If we want more stories, if we recognize more stories, there will be more opportunities for short stories to share the spotlight.”
  • We were proud to feature “Creation Story” from Katie Chase’s awesome new debut collection Man and Wife, which was released last month.


  • We also dove deep into craft and examined the nuts and bolts of fiction writing. We collected a list of five of our favorite craft books, which offer advice on everything from writing fantastic tales to motiving yourself to work through writer’s block.
  • Rebecca Makkai contributed an essay on character folding. The first line: “You probably knew, when you started writing, that you’d signed on for murder.”
  • C. Michael Curtis, who has been editing fiction for The Atlantic since the sixties, chatted with us about what the publication looks for in submissions, its attitude toward the slush pile, and advice for new writers.



Appropriately enough, our Short Story Award for New Writerswhich includes publication, over $2000 in prizes and review by multiple agencies—also opened this month. Here’s to a great May, and to continuing to celebrate the short story form all year long.

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