Shortlist – The Masters Review Volume VIII Judged by Kate Bernheimer

June 19, 2019

The shortlist is in! These thirty stories and essays are now with Kate Bernheimer, who will select the 10 finalists to include in this year’s edition of The Masters Review anthology. This list represents the best of the best work from the emerging writers who submitted this year. Thank you again to all of our lovely submitters. We always look forward to reading your work! Wish these thirty writers luck, and stay tuned for our finalists announcement next month!

Wild Geese In Real Time” by Jenny Bates

“Chlorine” by Kate Bucca

“Husk” by Mel Cronenwett

“Time Might be Short” by Joyce Dehli

“Anders” by Kurt Duecker

“Face to Face” by Jenna Geisinger

“Things to Do Before You Die” by Alison Gibbs

“Counting” by Anna Goodkind

“How To Love Two Husbands” by Anne Gudger

“The Fair” by Will Hearn

“Sincerely, Tandy Hart” by Karen Keating

“Quiet Guest” by Dawna Kemper

“The Bastards of Enoch, Florida” by Allie Marini

“Paper Boats” by Lydia Martín

“Umm el-Dunia” by Sophie McBain

“Electric Guests” by Naïma Msechu

“The Good Neighbor” by Dorene O’Brien

“An English Teacher and an Arab Man Walk Into A Bar” by H. de C.

“June” by V. Efua Prince

“Lida” by Belal Rafiq

“Brick by Brick” by Jennifer Rasnovski

“Boone’s Rules” by Mary Reed

“Worth More Than Diamonds” by Beth Richards

“Heartland State Fair” by David Semonchik

“Picking Up” by Sherry Shaw

“Next Year Places” by Bethany Snyder

“Fear” by Divya Sood

“Alonso Rules” by Steven Stiefel

“American Crusader” by Lavanya Vasudevan

“The Engagement” by Stacey Wang


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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