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$ 249.00

Workshop Details

Expert advice from the comforts of home.

This workshop is open to all writers and is an excellent way to improve a story or essay, especially for fall when so many lit mags open for submissions. Please keep submissions below 7,000 words and include a cover letter describing your piece. Your cover letter should include a brief introduction to your story, where you have submitted or hope to submit in the future, and any specific feedback you're looking for, as well as challenges you're having with the piece.

When your submission is uploaded you will receive registration confirmation. Stories will be processed in the order they are received. All stories will be returned with notes by September 30, 2016.

Current Instructor:

Geeta Kothari - The Kenyon Review

GEETA KOTHARI is an editor of the Kenyon Review and Director of the Writing Center at University of Pittsburgh.  She is also a long-time instructor at Kenyon Review's summer adult workshop in both fiction and nonfiction. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in various anthologies and journals, including New England Review, the Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, Great Jones Street, and othersHer essay "If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?" is widely taught in universities and has been reprinted in several anthologies, including in Best American Essays. She is a co-founder of  the www.novelworshop.org (formerly Kenyon Review Novel Workshop).

Participants will receive:

  • a page-long editorial letter from your instructor with specific suggestions and developmental edits that will help elevate your story to the next level
  • PDF of materials including craft essays from The Masters Review, editorial notes on what we see from the slush pile, information on submission strategies, and additional advice on submitting
  • automatic inclusion of your submission into our Fall Fiction Contest judge by Kelly Link
  • literary calendar with detailed fall deadlines
  • suggestions on literary magazines and contests that would be a good fit for your work
  • a reading list suited to your style
  • a copy of The Masters Review Volume V with stories selected by Amy Hempel (Ships October 1)
  • Writers will receive feedback no later than September 30.
We accept works of fiction and creative nonfiction less than 7000 words. All genres and all styles are welcome. We’re sorry to say we can only review a single story at a time. Please do not submit multiple stories in one file. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. You can reserve your spot now, but when spaces are full we can no longer accommodate additional participants.

Reserving Spots:
You may register for the workshop without uploading story, but we must receive your piece by the deadline: August 31, 2016.

Praise For The Workshop:

"Out of all of the editing processes I've encountered, the way you worked with me on 'Shine' stands out the most. I feel like you understand what I'm trying to achieve overall, offered edits to bolster that, and gave me suggestions that made the story that much stronger." Ron, New Voices Author, 2015

"Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to receive thoughtful feedback on my writing!" Albert, Summer Workshop, 2015

All sales are final. For questions or concerns, you can contact a staff member at contact (at) mastersreview (dot) com

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 5,000 words.
  • We do accept multiple submissions.
  • Please include a cover letter with your publication history