Submissions Are Open! Fall Fiction Contest – Judged by Brian Evenson

September 28, 2017

Fall is our favorite season. There is something about the chilly weather and changing leaves that spurs our creativity and makes us crave a good short story. So, we are stoked to put out a call for stories for this year’s Fall Fiction Contest judged by Brian Evenson. Send us your very best fiction of 7000 words or less. The winning story receives publication, $2000, and a note from our judge on why the story was chosen. Second and third place stories win $200 and $100 respectively, publication, and correspondence from our judge. Click here to read past winners, check out the submissions guidelines, and submit! Happy Fall, y’all.

//Submit Now//

/ About Our Judge /

BRIAN EVENSON is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection A Collapse of Horses. He is one of fiction’s best literary writers with a stellar eye for gothic and dark literary fiction. Evenson is a Shirley Jackson, International Horror, and Edgar Award finalist, as well as the winner of three O. Henry Prizes. This contest is in the very best of hands.

/ Guidelines /

  • Submissions are open from Sept 15 – Nov 15
  • 7000 word limit
  • Fiction only
  • Emerging writers only. (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.)
  • $20 to enter
  • Previously unpublished work only
  • One story per submission
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere
  • International submissions allowed

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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