We. Love. Fall.

Welcome, writer. The winning story of our Fall Fiction Contest will be paid $2000, awarded publication online in The Masters Review, and will receive a note from our judge on why the story was selected. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100, respectively, as well as correspondence from our judge. Fifteen finalists will be acknowledged in December and the winners will be selected from that pool. Our Fall Fiction Contest winner last year, Ruth Joffre, just sold her story collection to Grove Atlantic. Her winning story, "Night Beast," is the title story in her debut collection. Awesome.

GUIDELINES:
  • Submissions are open from Sept 15 - Nov 15
  • 7000 word limit
  • Fiction only
  • 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 are welcome to submit.)
  • $20 to enter
  • Previously unpublished work only
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere
  • International submissions allowed
Thanks for supporting our publication, and thank you for your work.

Finalists will be announced by Dec 21, and winners will be announced in January.

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BRIAN EVENSON is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection A Collapse of Horses. He is one of fiction's best literary writers with a stellar eye for gothic and dark literary fiction. A Shirley Jackson, International Horror and Edgar Award finalist, as well as the winner of three O. Henry Prizes, this contest is in the very best hands.

Submissions for our New Voices category are open year round. New Voices is open to any new and emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length. You must not have a novel forthcoming at the time of submission. Published short-story collections do not count as a novel-length work and those authors are free to submit. New Voices are published online only and will feature a number of stories from new authors each month.

We are pleased to announce we now offer payment to New Voices authors. $0.10/word up to $200. We are thrilled to be paying for published pieces but will be highly selective in our choices for publication.

  • 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 cover letter with your publication history
$39.00 - 49.00
If you're interested in knowing a little bit more about what we thought of your writing, utilize our Editorial Letter option. When we've reviewed your piece we will include up to two pages of feedback on what we liked and didn't like about your story, suggestions for revision, where it might be a good fit, and other comments about craft. If we accept your piece, the fee will be refunded. It's nice to get feedback from the editors reviewing your work... and now you can.

Note: Based on the quality of feedback given, and the time it takes to read stories, review notes, and craft a letter to submitters, our editors have raised the price of this option. This is one of our most popular submissions categories. This change will help us keep up with submissions in a timely manner, and keep the quality of our feedback high. We have tiered the cost based on length of submission. Please select the correct price category.

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin

Please be sure to follow our New Voices guidelines when submitting:
- 5000 words or less
- previously unpublished work only
- fiction or narrative nonfiction
- simultaneous submissions are allowed
- open to only those writers who have not published a novel-length work with a major press

NOTE: If you are submitting a series of Flash Fiction stories for consideration, you may only submit up to three at a time.

Questions, concerns? Just ask: contact@mastersreview.com

There's a saying in publishing: "If you need to know now, the answer is no." Well friends, we're offering an exception to the rule. If you want to hear back regarding your New Voices story within two weeks, consider ponying up a few bucks to hear back right away and we'll respond with an acceptance or rejection within two weeks of receiving your story. (Note: we do not promise personal feedback in this category. For comments on your story please consider utilizing our Editorial Feedback option.)

"There are no speed limits on the road to success." - David W. Johnson

Please be sure to follow our New Voices guidelines when submitting:
- 5000 words or less
- previously unpublished work only
- fiction or narrative nonfiction
- simultaneous submissions are allowed
- open to only those writers who have not published a novel-length work with a major press

Questions, concerns? Just ask: contact@mastersreview.com