Shortlist – Winter 2018 Short Story Award Judged by Aimee Bender

April 15, 2019

We are excited to share (at last!) our shortlist for the Winter 2018 Short Story Award judged by Aimee Bender. Ten wonderful short stories by emerging writers selected from a pool of over 3,000 submissions. Bender will be choosing the top three stories from this list; stay tuned for our finalist announcement next month. Thank you again to all of our submitters to the Winter Short Story Award. It was an absolute pleasure reading your work. Congratulations to the shortlist authors!

Winter 2018 Short Story Award Shortlist

“Damico” by Joe Bond
“Caretaker Needed” by Meghan Daniels
“IED” by Neville Dastoor
“The Influence of Gravity” by Chelsea H. B. DeLorme
“Heaven is a Disk Floating in the Sky” by Mario Giannone
“Homeland” by Erin Gravely
“Nothing” by Taylor Grieshober
“Narada’s Ears” by Sanjena Sathian
“Native Flora” by Eva Spear
“At This Late Hour” by Rebecca Turkewitz


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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