Welcome.

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.

By submitting to TMR, submitters agree to receive correspondence about future publications and submission opportunities from TMR. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Our love of flash fiction runs deep. We are proud to offer a contest dedicated solely to flash. The winning writer will be awarded $3000 and publication in The Masters Review. Second and third place will be awarded $300 and $200, respectively, as well as publication in The Masters Review. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction. d us big worlds in tiny packages, large ideas with a low word count. Dazzle us with your best fiction under 1000 words.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • Winner receives $3000 and publication
  • Second and third place prizes are $300 and $200 respectively, along with publication
  • Stories under 1000 words
  • $20 entry fee allows up to two stories (each under 1000 words) – if submitting two stories, please put them both in a SINGLE document
  • Previously unpublished stories only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writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit new, previously unpublished work.)
  • International English submissions allowed
  • Deadline: May 31st, 2022
  • Please no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication
  • Dazzle us
  • To view a list of our most commonly asked questions regarding submitting to The Masters Review, please see our FAQ page
  • For submissions which request an editorial letter: a significant portion of which goes to our feedback editor, according to the rates established by the EFA.


Kim Chinquee grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, served in the medical field in the Air Force, and is often referred to as the "queen" of flash fiction. She's published hundreds of pieces of fiction and nonfiction in journals and magazines including The Nation, Ploughshares, NOON, Storyquarterly, Denver Quarterly, Fiction, Story, Notre Dame Review, Conjunctions, and others. Her seventh collection, Wetsuit, was published in 2021 with Ravenna Press, and her debut novel, Pipette, is due out July 2022, also with Ravenna Press. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes and a Henfield Prize, Senior Editor of New World Writing, and co-director of SUNY—Buffalo State's Writing Major.

Thanks for supporting our publication, and thank you for your work. 

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Workshop Details

Expert advice from the comforts of home. This remote, asynchronous workshop is open to all writers and is an excellent way to improve your novel. Please submit only the first 50 pages and include a cover letter describing your project. 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. When your submission is uploaded you will receive registration confirmation. Manuscripts will be processed in the order they are received. Please give our agent and editor partners 8-10 weeks to return their feedback.

To keep with all ethical guidelines recommended by the Association of American Literary Agents, our agent partners will receive works without any identifying information of the writer.

Participants Receive: 

  • an editorial letter from your agent or editor with specific suggestions and developmental analysis that will help elevate your novel 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
  • PDF of a self-guided learning curriculum on fiction and novel writing, featuring workbooks uniquely built by our team around such foundational texts as Naming The World edited by Bret Anthony Johnston, The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass, Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway, and Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody
  • free submission in a forthcoming Masters Review contest
  • an archived copy of The Masters Review anthology 
  • Writers will receive feedback no later than August 30. Early submissions may yield earlier feedback.

We accept works of fiction, the first 50 pages or fewer of your novel. All genres and all styles are welcome. Please submit one single manuscript per submission.  Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. If you submit your manuscript after reserving your spot, you will need to request to open your submission by e-mailing us at contact [at] mastersreview.com. We'll grant you access, and then you can upload your piece.

Guest editors

Colleen Alles is an award-winning writer living in West Michigan. Her debut full-length poetry collection, After the 8-Ball, is available through Cornerstone Press. Master of Arts, her second novel, is forthcoming this June. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous places, and she is a contributing editor (short fiction) at Barren Magazine. Colleen is a graduate of Michigan State University (BA) and Wayne State University (MS). When she isn’t reading or writing, Colleen enjoys distance running and spending time with her family, including a well-loved hound, Charlie. You can find her online at www.colleenalles.com, on Instagram at ColleenAlles_author, and on Twitter at @ColleenAlles.

Yvonne C. Garrett holds an MFA-Fiction (The New School), an MLIS (Palmer), two MAs (NYU), and a Ph.D. with a dissertation focused on women in Punk. She’s been published in a wide array of journals & magazines. Senior Fiction Editor at Black Lawrence Press, she also edits the weekly publishing newsletter Sapling.

Tess Weitzner graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in English and American Literature, concentrating in creative writing and minoring in Spanish. Previously, Tess interned at Henry Holt, The New England Review, Roaring Brook Press, and O/R Books, and was an archive research assistant for the author and journalist Charles Glass. At Trident Media Group, she assists CEO Dan Strone. Tess is also excitedly building her own list of authors. She is primarily drawn to literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, horror, and middle grade, and especially that which is rooted in unreliable narrators, magical realism, interrogations of power and violence, reclamations of identity, and dark-as-night humor.


Praise For Past TMR Workshops:

"I workshopped two stories with you/The Masters Review last year, and I wanted to let you know that revised versions of those stories helped me earn an acceptance to the University of Arizona, where I'll be an MFA candidate in fiction this fall. Thank you so much for your feedback and for running such a wonderfully supportive publication and platform for emerging writers. " –Josh, Summer Workshop

"I found the comments made by Adeena Reitberger regarding my story to be hugely helpful. Once again I am very pleased with your summer workshop." – Abby, Summer Workshop
"Thank you so much for the feedback letter plus manuscript markups. I couldn't be more thrilled. I can't remember ever having an editor look at my work and so clearly understand what I've tried to convey on the page. I had the immediate sense that Nate had truly given my story a thorough read, making his compliments feel sincere and suggestions for improvement feel well worth considering from start to finish." –Royce, Summer Workshop

"Adeena's comments are both incisive and insightful. It is one of the best critiques I have ever received, and it will serve as my guide when I revise. I agree completely with what she said." –John, Summer Workshop

"You've done it again, everyone! What a brilliant workshop! Thank you so much for the incredible opportunity to work with you and Adeena Reitberger. I can put each of her comments to work immediately (even the compliments I guess I fished for, ha-ha!, as mood boosters), read/re-read the stories/writers she's recommended, and order samples of the journals she's recommended as a fit for my story so I can sniff them out—the prospects of which has got me doing a jig in the living room (try not to picture someone more jiggle than jig), and excited about my next editing move with my story (dip or dive?—but not abandon, hallelujah!)... True brilliance.!" –Meredith, Summer Workshop

"I wanted to thank you for passing along Lauren's feedback on my story. I thought her comments were concise and specific, and I appreciated her efforts to excavate what's at the core of the story I'm trying to tell. I have some work ahead of me, for sure, but that's a good thing. I agree with Lauren's assessment of where the piece is falling short, I have a clear path to revision, and I'm overall very grateful for her astute observations and careful attention. Many thanks again!" –Nicole, Summer Workshop

"I would like to thank Michelle Wildgen for her very helpful comments. She made the effort to understand what I was attempting to do with my short story, and pointed out quite clearly where it fell short and how it could be improved. Her feedback was professional, specific, and, to my great appreciation, positive. I am eager to get back to work." –Gary, Summer Workshop
 

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 for 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. NOTE: WE ARE CURRENTLY BEHIND SCHEDULE IN OUR NEW VOICES READING. WHILE WE AIM TO HAVE YOUR SUBMISSION READ WITHIN THREE MONTHS, CURRENT RESPONSES ARE CLOSER TO FOUR MONTHS. We hope to return to our 12 week timeline soon.
  • 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. Note: While expedited responses are a priority in this category, our foremost priority is quality feedback on all submissions, and as such, some of our responses are delayed. If you have not heard from us in six weeks, please do not hesitate to get in touch at contact [at] mastersreview.com.

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, historically underrepresented or marginalized 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 and historically marginalized 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 or marginalized 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