Winner receives $3000, publication, and agency review
Second and third place prizes ($300 / $200, publication, and agency review)
Stories under 6000 words
Previously unpublished stories only
Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections are welcome to submit. Writers with novels published with small circulations (around 5000 copies) can also submit.)
International English submissions allowed
$20 entry fee
Deadline: January 31st, 2022
Please, no identifying information on your story
All stories are considered for publication
If requesting an editorial letter, please indicate on your cover letter if the submissions is fiction or creative nonfiction
A significant portion of the editorial letter fees go to our feedback editor, according to the rates established by the EFA
We don’t have any preferences topically or in terms of style. We’re simply looking for the best. We don’t define, nor are we interested in, stories identified by their genre. We do, however, consider ourselves a publication that focuses on literary fiction. Dazzle us, take chances, and be bold.
Submissions Open Through December 31st!
This year, The Masters Review is holding an open call for chapbooks. We want to publish your collections of flash, your mini novellas, your 40 page short stories. We want to publish your braided essays, your eclectic brainchildren, your experiments. However you want to tell your story, we want to read it. (As long as it’s between 25-40 double-spaced pages.) Matt Bell will be deciding this year’s winner! The submission window will be open for the final four months of the year, and The Masters Review staff will select a small shortlist of our favorites to pass along to a Matt Bell, who will select the winning book.
The winning writer will be awarded $3000, manuscript publication, and 50 contributor copies. We’re seeking to celebrate bold, original voices within a single, cohesive manuscript of 25 to 40 pages. We’re interested in collections of short fiction, essays, flash fiction, novellas/novelettes, longform fiction or essays, and any combination thereof, provided the manuscripts are complete (no excerpts, chapters, works-in-progress, or other incomplete work). We are NOT interested in poetry. (We’re sure your poetry is fantastic, but we’re not qualified to judge its merit!)
The Masters Review staff will select a shortlist of 5-10 chapbooks to pass along to our guest judge, who will select the winning manuscript. Our judge will provide a brief introduction for the manuscript upon publication. The published manuscript will be available for sale as a physical copy and distributed digitally through our newsletter. Check back soon for an announcement of this year’s judge! Last year’s winning book, Mastersplans by Nick Almeida, selected by Steve Almond, will be published this fall, and is available to pre-order now through any submission category. Digital and print copies will be available.
- Winner receives $3000, manuscript publication, and 50 contributor copies
- Second and third place finalists will be acknowledged on our website
- Manuscripts should be between 25-40 pages (not including front/back matter) with each story beginning on a new page
- Manuscripts should be double-spaced and paginated
- Manuscripts should include a Table of Contents (if necessary) and an acknowledgements page listing any previously published material within the manuscript
- Manuscripts may contain some previously published work, but the published work cannot have appeared in any other chapbook or full-length collections
- Self-published chapbooks are previously published and therefore ineligible
- No poetry chapbooks, please (we will consider chapbooks which contain some prose poetry)
- Electronic submissions only
- Single author manuscripts only
- International English submissions allowed (No translations)
- Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed (Please withdraw submissions if they are accepted elsewhere.)
- 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 (fewer than 5000 copies) are welcome to submit.)
- Entry fee: $25
- Deadline: December 31, 2021
- Individual stories or essays within the manuscript may be considered for publication in our New Voices series
- We are not requiring blind submissions for this contest
Editorial letters for up to 3 individual pieces within the manuscript may be requested
- A significant portion of the editorial letter and manuscript consultation fees go to our feedback editor, according to the rates established by the EFA
- Please e-mail contact at mastersreview.com with questions
Our New Voices category is open year round to any new or emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length with a wide distribution. Authors with short story collections are free to submit, as are writers with books published by indie presses. We accept simultaneous and multiple submissions but ask that you inform us immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere. We pay New Voices authors $200 for short fiction and narrative non-fiction, and $100 for flash-length narratives (up to 1,000 words). While we do not charge submission fees, we are highly selective. To read previously published stories, or to submit a piece of fiction or narrative nonfiction up to 7000 words, please see our New Voices page.
To view a list of our most commonly asked questions about submitting to The Masters Review, please see our FAQ page.
If you have further questions about submissions after reading through the FAQ or would like to query a current submission, please send an email to: contact (at) mastersreview (dot) com
New Voices Submission Options:
- NEW VOICES FREE – We pay for all of our content all of the time and are proud to offer a free category for those writers who are not interested in a fast response or editorial letter. Response times in this category are usually approximately 12 weeks.
- EDITORIAL LETTER – If you’re interested in knowing a little bit more about what we thought of your writing, utilize our Editorial Letter add-option. When we’ve reviewed your piece we will include up to two pages of feedback on what we liked and didn’t like about your story, suggestions for revision, where it might be a good fit, and other comments about craft. It’s nice to get feedback from the editors reviewing your work… and now you can. There is a reading fee for this category, a significant portion of which goes to our feedback editor, according to the rates established by the EFA. See a sample Editorial Letter.
- FAST RESPONSE – There’s a saying in publishing: “If you need to know now, the answer is no.” Well friends, we’re offering an exception to the rule. If you want to hear back regarding your New Voices story within two weeks, consider ponying up a few bucks to hear back right away and we’ll respond with an acceptance or rejection within two weeks of receiving your story. There is a reading fee for this category.
Curious about submission fees? It’s an interesting issue and the camp is divided. Here’s our take.
2021 Contests and Awards
To see a full calendar of contests and awards available this year, CLICK HERE.
Want to Write for The Masters Review?
We accept book reviews, interviews, and editorial pieces to publish on our blog. Our book reviews focus on authors with forthcoming titles and generally we like to review titles from debut authors. Reviews should include quotes from the text, comparisons to other titles, and are typically between 700 – 1200 words. For a look at the interviews and editorial content we publish, please visit: mastersreview.com/blog.
Submission questions, concerns, and inquiries can be sent to a staff member at: contact (at) mastersreview (dot) com
The Masters Review holds first publication rights for three months after publication. Authors agree not to publish, nor authorize or permit the publication of, any part of the material for three months following The Masters Review’s first publication. For reprints we ask for acknowledgement of its publication in The Masters Review first.