The Masters Review Volume X Shortlist!

July 9, 2021

Here at last: the thirty stories shortlisted for The Masters Review Volume X! These thirty stories are now in the hands of Diane Cook, who has the incredibly difficult job of narrowing this list to just ten. Those ten selected stories will be included in our tenth anthology, alongside essays from a few of our former contributors about their careers in the time since their TMR publication! Congratulations to all of the writers on our shortlist! Check back in a month for the finalist selections.

The Bird Rattle by Chelsy Diaz Amaya

Atlas, Bayonet, (War) Correspondence: An Abecedarian by Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt

Limbs by Megan Callahan

Waiting for the Bees by Trisha M. Cowen

Bellerophon by Natasha D’Amours

Nuoc mam Requiem by Diem Dangers

Do Not Duplicate by John Darcy

Resurrection by Hilary Dean

All This Could Be Yours by Rodrigo Duran

Comfort Animals by Travis Eisenbise

Scrapbooking for Necromancers by Jeff Frawley

Bad Croissant by Ally Glass-Katz

Walking to Camano by Clemintine Guirado

A Pinned Moth Under Glass Still Breathes by Lesley Hart Gunn

Persimmon by Elissa C. Huang

Burning Desire by Zilla Jones

My Vows by Alissa Joseph

Abandon Ship by Mary Kuryla

The Abandoned House by Nathan Alling Long

So Long, Gregor by Mehdi M. Kashani

Peer Melvin by Lily Meyer

Imagine This, Thaddeus by Brad Aaron Modlin

The Highest Form of Love by Shannon Perri

How To Stay in Touch With People You Love When You Live All Over the World by Erin Pesut

All That Is or Ever Was or Ever Will Be by Eliana Ramage

The Patchwork Map by Rebecca Reynolds

A String of Lapis Beads by Greg Schutz

The Rubber Band by Liz Shulman

Platinum and Salt by Sarah Tanburn

Sugar by Francis Walsh


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