TMR Author Lydia Conklin Wins Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award!

September 20, 2018

Every year, the fabulous Rona Jaffe Foundation honors six emerging, women writers with awards of $30,000 each. This award is a true mark of distinction as well as an invaluable resource for writers in the early stages of their careers. We were so proud to publish Lydia Conklin’s story “Friendly Crossroads” in our New Voices section. It was clear to us, right away, that this author is going places! “Friendly Crossroads” chronicles a youth group retreat in New England in the mid-’90s, from the perspective of Corey, a high-school freshman, who often sees the world more exactly than the teenagers and adults around her. It is a story about coming out and coming of age, told in detailed, direct prose. Lydia is currently working on a short story collection, a novel, and a graphic novel. She says: “Freelancing and hustling for more freelancing swallows the lion’s share of my writing time and is stressful and unstable, which is a difficult place to write from. With the mental security and financial stability of this award, I plan to finish these manuscripts over the next year and submit them for publication.” Congratulations, Lydia! We can’t wait to see what you do next.

To read Lydia’s story “Friendly Crossroads” 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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