The Masters Review’s 2023 in Review

December 22, 2023

2023 was an exciting year for us in many ways. We experimented with new contests and submission opportunities, released a fabulous chapbook from Lindy Biller and another stellar edition of our annual anthology, launched a new website, and brought back one of our favorite writers of all time to judge our Short Story Award (submissions to the Winter Short Story Award for New Writers, judged by Kelly Link, are open until the end of January, by the way). But most importantly for us, we continued our tradition of publishing excellent new work from emerging writers. This year, we published forty-four new stories and essays online and another ten in Anthology XI, alongside Biller’s Love at the End of the World. We have great plans for 2024 and we can’t wait to get there, but first, let us thank you for your continued support! Happy holidays, and here’s to another great year ahead.


“Fishing” by Yiwei Chai

“Used Scars” by Patrina Corsetti

“Jaja-Haha” by Madari Pendas

“Now or Never” by Leo Ríos

“A Dictionary of How Things Break” by Nora Studholme

“Behind the Falls” by Paulette Pierce

“The Woman in the Tree” by Lisa Beebe

“You Body” by Rosalind Goldsmith

“Ate Raw and Often” by J.A.L. Martinez

“Can’t Elope” by Miriam Camitta

“Prelude to the Abyss” by Daniel David Froid

“The Sum of All Amazements” by Lyndsie Manusos

“The Distant Daughter” by Brenda Salinas Baker

“Leap Year” by Chloe Alberta

“Homeboy” by Nancy Garcia

“Río Negro” by Lynn Sikkink

“The Tail” by Kailyn McCord

“Pigeons in Every Universe” by Kiran Kaur Saini

“Natural Selection” by Diana Reed

“The Reflecting Pool” by Karina Cheah

“Linear Histories” by Dan Tremaglio

“Copycat” by Susan Sanford Blades

“Life Hack” by Patricia Callahan

“Ahorita” by Gabriella Navas

“The Blood Hustle” by Alice Hatcher

“Crybaby” by Mariah Adcox

“Calling Out” by Robyn Jefferson

“Flat Earth” by Erin Sherry

“Men Who Become Verbs” by David Lerner Schwartz

“The Developer” by Sarah Walsh

“The River at the End of the Road” by Hillary Millán

“Where They Come From” by Casey Gentry Quinn

“Advanced Reader” by Donovan Swift

“Naz 8 Cinemas” by Aliza Ali Khan

“Sandbox” by Colin Bonini

“Hatching Moths” by Emily Pegg

“Whale Song” by Jeff Martin

“Nectar” by Kerry Anderson

“Immaculate” by Susanna Cupido

“Lost in Smoke” by Parul Kaushik


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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