The Masters Review Anthology Volume XII Shortlist!

July 28, 2023

Announcing the thirty stories and essays selected for The Masters Review Anthology Volume XII! These thirty pieces are now in the hands on Toni Jensen, who has the immensely difficult task of selecting only ten to appear in this year’s printed volume. Congratulations to the shortlisted authors, and thank you once again from the bottom of our hearts to all of our submitters. We wouldn’t be here without you! Check back at the end of August for the finalists.

Snowfall by Sarah Bradley

Beyond Reproach by Kristin Burcham

Small Shameful Acts by Katherine Cart


The Queen of Tight Corners by Nick Dauster

Spider Tim by Leah Edwards

The Angel Queen of Harm by Chad Gusler

An Afternoon at the Edge of the World by Jenny Hayden Halper

How to Date Casually M. L. Henderson

Stability by Jennifer Hildebrandt

Yam Pepper Scatter Scatter by Ibrahim Babátúndé Ibrahim

Heat of My Hand by Jeniah Johnson

Model Home by Ana Kornblum-Laudi

YOUNG AGAIN by Will James Limón

Tsunami by Shivani Manghnani

Salim’s House by Vishal Markandey

Consolations of Halmoni by Kyung Peggy Kim

Reclamation by Erin Miller Reid

The Swans by Daniel Monzingo

If You Choose to Immigrate by Noa Raanan

Stillborn by Isabelle Shifrin

The Invisibles by Masha Shukovich

The Wedding Dress by Dyanne Stempel

Following the Flowers, Swimming with the Salmon by Fred Taylor

The Eyes of Golden Stefan by Carsten ten Brink

Sow by Allison Backous Troy

The Blond Bullfighter and The Police Parade by Viviane Vives

Baby Truck by Rebecca Wallwork

Enmeshed by Thalia Williamson

Black Box by Emily Zasada


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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