The Masters Review Vol. X Judge: Diane Cook!

January 22, 2021

Submissions to our tenth anthology will open on February 1st, and we are so excited to announce that judging this year’s contest will be the fantastic Diane Cook! The author of Man V. Nature and The New Wilderness will be selecting the 10 stories and essays that will be included in this year’s anthology from a shortlist of 30.  Submit your very best 7,000 words of fiction or narrative nonfiction. And bonus: This year’s prize pool has DOUBLED. $10,000 will be awarded between the winning writers! Full details below:

Diane Cook to judge The Masters Review Volume X!

Each year we pair with a guest judge to select stories for our anthology, which acts as a showcase for today’s best emerging writers. The experience and expertise of our judge guides our selections, and this year we’re thrilled to be working with the Booker Prize shortlisted master of craft, Diane Cook.

DIANE COOK‘s debut novel, The New Wilderness, was a finalist for 2020 The Booker Prize, and her story collection, Man V. Nature, was a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award, the Believer Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Award for First Fiction and the PEN/Hemingway award. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, Zoetrope, Granta, and other publications, and anthologized in Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. She is a former producer for the radio program This American Life, and was the recipient of a 2016 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

Submissions for our anthology will open next week! We accept stories and essays up to 7000 words. Thirty writers are chosen for the shortlist and Diane Cook will select ten to publish. See our anthology page for information on past volumes.

  • Previously unpublished works of fiction and narrative nonfiction only
  • Up to 7000 words
  • We accept simultaneous submissions as long as work is withdrawn if it is accepted elsewhere
  • Multiple submissions are allowed
  • International English submissions allowed
  • Emerging Writers Only. Writers must not have published a novel-length work at the time of submission (authors of short story collections and self-published titles can submit as can authors with novels or memoirs with a low distribution [about 5000 copies])
  • Standard formatting please (double-spaced, 12 pt font, pages numbered)
  • $20 entry fee
  • Deadline: March 28th, 2021
  • Please, no identifying information on your story
  • All submissions are considered for publication in the anthology as well as New Voices
  • 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
  • To view a list of our most commonly asked questions regarding submitting to The Masters Review, please see our FAQ page.
  • Writers who have earned an Anthology Prize before and whose work appears in our printed book cannot submit to this category but are welcome to send us work in other open categories


  • $1,000 award.
  • Publication in our nationally distributed journal.
  • Exposure to over 50 literary agencies.
  • Contributor’s copy.
  • All writers are part of an exclusive mailing. We send our anthology to editors, writers, and literary institutions across the country.

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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