The 2022-2023 Winter Short Story Award for New Writers Shortlist!

June 2, 2023

After months of reading and deliberation, we’ve narrowed down our submissions pool to these final fifteen stories. We now hand over our shortlist to Morgan Talty, who has the tremendously difficult task of selecting the winning three. Congratulations to the writers selected for this year’s shortlist, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all the submitters who sent in their work this year. Check back at the end of the month for the winners, and stay tuned for news regarding our summer contest!

Shelter: A Photo Gallery by Jen Burke Anderson

Mars in Williamsburg by Therese Eiben

Bodies at Rest by Emily Giangiulio

Museum Ice (Extended Dance Mix) by Amalia Gladhart

Walls by Roger Hart

The One-Ten to Yellowknife by David Hartshorne

Inflicted by Jenea Havener

Reservoir Hill by Ronald Jackson

Dry Sink by Mina Manchester

Citizen Science by Jenna Mertz

The River at the End of the Road by Hillary Millán

Afterburn by James Noonan

Where They Come From by Casey Quinn

Advanced Reader by Donovan Swift

The Developer by Sarah Walsh


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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