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Always a free way to submit. Always paid for your work. The Masters Review offers a quality platform for emerging writers.

Founded by Kim Winternheimer in 2011, the Masters Review is an online and in print publication celebrating new and emerging writers. We are on the lookout for the best new talent with hopes of publishing stories from writers who will continue to produce great work. We offer critical essays, book reviews by debut authors, contest deadlines, submissions info, and interviews with established authors, all with the hopes of bridging the gap between new and established writers.

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Welcome to our Winter Short Story Award for New Writers, a prize that recognizes the best fiction from today's emerging writers. The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively. All winning stories and any notable Honorable Mentions will receive agency review by the following: Nat Sobel from Sobel Weber, Victoria Cappello from The Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison from Writers House, Sarah Fuentes from Fletcher & Company, Heather Schroder from Compass Talent, and Siohban McBride from Carnicelli Literary Management. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It's been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.

Guest judged by Ye Chun!  

Guidelines:

  • Winner receives $3000, publication, and agency review
  • Second and third place prizes ($300 / $200, publication, and agency review)
  • Stories under 6000 words
  • Previously unpublished stories only
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
  • Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections are welcome to submit. Writers with novels published with small circulations (around 5000 copies) can also submit.)
  • International English submissions allowed
  • $20 entry fee
  • Deadline: January 31st, 2022
  • Please, no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication
  • 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.

Ye Chun is a bilingual Chinese American writer and literary translator. Her collection of stories, Hao (Catapult, 2021), was an Indie Next Selection and was longlisted for 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. She has also published two books of poetry, Travel Over Water and Lantern Puzzle, a novel in Chinese,《海上的桃树》(Peach Tree in the Sea), and four volumes of translations. A recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and three Pushcart Prizes, she teaches at Providence College and lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Visit her at yechunauthor.com.


PREVIOUS WINNER UPDATES:
Joe Bond earned representation from Sarah Fuentes of Fletcher & Company, and Caitlin O’Neil earned representation from Victoria Marini and our 2016 Fall Fiction winner, Ruth Joffre, selected by Kelly Link sold her story collection to Grove Atlantic with our winning piece as the title story. Awesome.

"Thanks for providing a place for emerging talents to thrive!" -- Amy Williams, The Williams Agency

"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." -- Haruki Murakami   

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This year, The Masters Review is holding an open call for  chapbooks. We want to publish your collections of flash, your mini  novellas, your 40 page short stories. We want to publish your braided  essays, your eclectic brainchildren, your experiments. However you want  to tell your story, we want to read it. (As long as it’s between 25-40  double-spaced pages.) Matt Bell will be deciding this year’s winner! The submission window will be open for the final four months of the year, and The Masters Review staff will select a small shortlist of our favorites to pass along to a Matt Bell, who will select the winning book.

The winning writer will be awarded $3000, manuscript publication, and 50 contributor copies. We’re seeking to celebrate bold, original voices within a single,  cohesive manuscript of 25 to 40 pages. We’re interested in collections  of short fiction, essays, flash fiction, novellas/novelettes, longform  fiction or essays, and any combination thereof, provided the manuscripts  are complete (no excerpts, chapters, works-in-progress, or other incomplete work). We are NOT interested in poetry. (We’re sure your poetry is fantastic, but we’re not qualified to judge its merit!)

The Masters Review staff will select a shortlist of 5-10 chapbooks to pass along to our guest judge, who will select the winning  manuscript. Our judge will provide a brief introduction for the  manuscript upon publication. The published manuscript will be available  for sale as a physical copy and distributed digitally through our  newsletter. Check back soon for an announcement of this year’s judge!  Last year’s winning book, Mastersplans by Nick Almeida,  selected by Steve Almond, will be published this fall, and is available  to pre-order now through any submission category. Digital and print  copies will be available. A preview of Mastersplans will be available through New Voices at the end of August.

Guidelines:

  • Winner receives $3000, manuscript publication, and 50 contributor copies
  • Second and third place finalists will be acknowledged on our website
  • Manuscripts should be between 25-40 pages (not including front/back matter) with each story beginning on a new page
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced and paginated
  • Manuscripts should include a Table of Contents (if necessary) and an  acknowledgements page listing any previously published material within  the manuscript
  • Manuscripts may contain some previously published work, but the published work cannot have appeared in any other chapbook or full-length collections
  • Self-published chapbooks are previously published and therefore ineligible
  • No poetry chapbooks, please (we will consider chapbooks which contain some prose poetry)
  • Electronic submissions only
  • Single author manuscripts only
  • International English submissions allowed (No translations)
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed (Please withdraw submissions if they are accepted elsewhere.)
  • Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger  platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story  collections and novels with a small circulation (fewer than 5000 copies)  are welcome to submit.)
  • Entry fee: $25
  • Deadline: December 31, 2021
  • Individual stories or essays within the manuscript may be considered for publication in our New Voices series
  • We are not requiring blind submissions for this contest
  • Editorial letters for up to 3 individual pieces within the manuscript may be requested
  • A  significant portion of the editorial letter and manuscript consultation  fees go to our feedback editor, according to the rates established by  the EFA
  • Please e-mail contact at mastersreview.com with questions

We don’t have any preferences  topically or in terms of style. We’re simply looking for the best. We  don’t define, nor are we interested in, stories identified by their  genre. We do, however, consider ourselves a publication that focuses on  literary fiction. Dazzle us, take chances, and be bold.

Matt Bell’s latest novel, Appleseed, was published by  Custom House in July 2021. His craft book Refuse to Be Done, a guide to  novel writing, rewriting, & revision, will follow in March 2022 from  Soho Press. He is also the author of the novels Scrapper and In the  House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, as well as the short  story collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall, a non-fiction book about  the classic video game Baldur’s Gate II, and several other titles. His  writing has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Tin House,  Conjunctions, Fairy Tale Review, American Short Fiction, and many other  publications. A native of Michigan, he teaches creative writing at  Arizona State University.


Interested in chapbooks but don’t know where to start? Check out these handy resources!
What Are Chapbooks? and Why Should You Read Them? by Lyndsie Manusos at Book Riot
Creating a Fiction Chapbook by Bonnie ZoBell
Meg Tuite on the Flash Fiction Chapbook at The Chapbook Interview
Nathan Elias on the Process of Building a Chapbook of Poems and a Chapbook Novelette at The Chapbook Interview*
*Although we are not considering poetry for the chapbook contest, Nathan’s thoughts on the novelette are valuable!


Editorial Letter Payment Scale:

  • One complete story/essay, between 1,000-6,000 words: $59
  • Two complete stories/essays, or one complete story/essay between 6,000-12,000 words: $118
  • Three complete stories/essays, or work longer than 12,000 words: $177
  • For each individual work critiqued, you will receive one to two pages of feedback on what we enjoyed in your story, and what could be working better, as well as where it might be a good fit, and other comments about craft
  • A significant portion of these fees go to our feedback editor, according to the rates established by the EFA
  • For questions about the editorial letter fees, please contact us at contact@mastersreview.com

INCLUDED UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES AND DISCOUNTS:

To thank you for your continued support of The Masters Review, we’re  excited to offer you the following opportunities with your submission:

WritingWorkshops.com is  offering 15% off any of their classes this year, and the discount code  will be included in the confirmation e-mail when you submit.

Literature & Latte is offering a 20% discount on their incredibly helpful Scrivener  writing software for macOS and Windows users. There will be a discount  code in the confirmation e-mail when you submit.

The Writing Salon is  offering every submitter a 10% off discount code on a writing class with  a discount code included in your confirmation e-mail!


Our New Voices category is open year round to any new or emerging author who has not published a novel-length work of fiction or narrative nonfiction. Authors with published short story collections are free to submit.  We accept simultaneous and multiple submissions but ask that you inform us immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere. 

The Masters Review pays a flat rate of $100 flash-length stories (1,000 words or fewer) and $200 for longer stories (up to 7,000 words). We are thrilled to be paying for published pieces but will be highly selective in our choices for publication.

Guidelines
 

  • New Voices submissions are open to new and emerging writers only (no novel-length published work forthcoming at the time of submission).
  • We accept fiction and narrative non-fiction. We do accept a variety of genres and styles, our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. But please, send us polished work.  Our aim is to showcase writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. Send us only your best.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • All submissions must be less than 7,000 words.
  • We do accept multiple submissions.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history and a short bio.
  • Please do not include identifying information on the submission itself. 
  • We aim to respond to all submissions within 12 weeks. Please do not e-mail before 12 weeks have passed. 
  • For submissions that request an editorial letter, a significant portion of the editorial letter fees go to our feedback editor, according to the rates established by the EFA

We don’t have any preferences topically or in terms of style. We’re simply looking for the best. We don’t define, nor are we interested in, stories identified by their genre. We do, however, consider ourselves a publication that focuses on literary fiction. Dazzle us, take chances, and be bold.   Thanks for supporting our publication, and thank you for your work.  

The Masters Review is committed to providing a platform to diverse, emerging voices. We are now offering an expedited reading category explicitly for marginalized or underrepresented writers. Submissions to this category will receive a response in four weeks or fewer. 


All submissions are considered for publication on our website under New Voices, and our regular New Voices guidelines apply (see below). The Masters Review pays a flat rate of $100 flash-length submissions (1,000 words or fewer) and $200 for longer works (up to 7,000 words).

Please see the guidelines below, or contact us at contact [at] mastersreview.com with any questions. This form is for marginalized or underrepresented writers only. If you'd like to submit work with an expedited response time and are not a BIPOC writer, you may do so here with a $9.99 fee


Black Lives Matter. Black Voices Matter. 


With love,

 Cole, Melissa, Brandon and the entire Masters Review team.

 
Guidelines
 

  • This for is for BIPOC writers only.
  • New Voices submissions are open to new and emerging writers only (no novel-length published work forthcoming at the time of submission).
  • We accept fiction and narrative non-fiction. We do accept a variety of genres and styles, our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. But please, send us polished work.  Our aim is to showcase writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. Send us only your best.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • All submissions must be less than 7,000 words.
  • Please, only one active submission at a time. Please wait until you receive a response before submitting new work.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history and a short bio.
  • Please do not include identifying information on the submission itself. 
  • Please do not submit to this form if you are not a BIPOC writer.
  • For submissions that request an editorial letter, a significant portion of the editorial letter fees go to our feedback editor, according to the rates established by the EFA.

 

We don’t have any preferences topically or in terms of style. We’re simply looking for the best. We don’t define, nor are we interested in, stories identified by their genre. We do, however, consider ourselves a publication that focuses on literary fiction. Dazzle us, take chances, and be bold.   Thanks for supporting our publication, and thank you for your work.  

The Masters Review is looking to add some talented new readers to our team this winter. If you love literary fiction and nonfiction, and three to four hours of reading submissions a week sounds like fun, we encourage you to apply. Our readers work remotely and can set their own schedules. BIPOC, marginalized and underrepresented writers are strongly encouraged to apply!

This position begins in January and involves a commitment through June. PLEASE NOTE: readerships are unpaid and on a strictly volunteer basis. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and at least one fiction or narrative nonfiction writing sample by 11:59 PT, Sunday December 19th. We look forward to hearing from you!

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