The Short Story Award For New Writers – Winners!

September 20, 2015

Cactus and water pot on wood tableCongratulations to the winners of The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers and an enormous thanks to everyone who submitted. We saw an incredible number of submissions and the quality of writing was extraordinary. Thank you, also, for your patience while we reviewed the work. A BIG round of applause to the following three writers, whose work will publish on The Masters Review and who have earned agency review from Katherine Fausset of Curtis Brown. 

WINNER: “Hildy” by Tom Howard

Tom Howard’s fiction has recently appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Booth, Willow Springs, and Quarter After Eight. Individual stories have won the Willow Springs Fiction Prize, the Robert and Adele Schiff Award in Fiction, and the Tobias Wolff Award in Fiction, among others. He lives in northern Virginia with his wife, Abbe, and their dog, Harper.

Second Place Story: “The Golden Arowana” by William Pei Shih

William Pei Shih is currently a student at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop under the Dean’s Graduate Fellowship. His stories have been recognized by the U.K. Bridport Prize, the Alice Munro Short Story Competition, the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, Narrative Magazine, Glimmer Train, Writer’s Digest, the Hemingway Short Story Competition, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop/Hyphen Magazine Short Story Contest, and by storySouth Million Writers Award for most Notable Story. His work has been published by the Bridport Anthology, Carve Magazine, and Hyphen.

Third Place Story: “Do You Believe” by Tina Egnoski

Tina Egnoski is a fiction writer and a poet.  Her work has been published in a number of literary journals, including Cimarron Review, Folio, Hawaii Pacific Review and Louisville Review. She earned an MFA from Emerson College and has received literature fellowships from the Rhode Island Council on the Arts and the Colorado Council on Arts and Humanities. She’s the author of Perishables, a fiction chapbook, and the novella In the Time of the Feast of Flowers. A native of Florida, she currently lives in New England.

Honorable Mentions:

“As You Can Imagine, This Makes Dating Difficult” by Jen Fawkes

“Things to Think About While Breaking and Entering” by Ezra Carlsen

“10:25 EDT” by Rachael Warecki

“The Sun” by Ethel Rohan

“Bozo” by Mason Boyles

To learn more about our Short Story Award for New Writers, click here.


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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