Send us your stories under 1000 words! We love a good piece of flash fiction. The winner will receive $3000 and publication. Our love of flash fiction runs deep. And throughout our years of reading work by emerging writers we’ve seen some incredible pieces of small and powerful fiction. We are proud to now offer a contest dedicated solely to flash. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction. Send us big worlds in tiny packages, large ideas with a low word count. Dazzle us with your best fiction under 1000 words.
- Winner receives $3000 and publication
- Second and third place prizes are $300 and $200 respectively
- Stories under 1000 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- Previously unpublished stories only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 and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.)
- International submissions allowed
- $20 entry fee allows up to two stories - if submitting two stories, please put them both in a SINGLE document.
- Deadline: September 30, 2018
- 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.
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.
Workshop Details - Flash Fiction
We love small stories.
This workshop is open to all writers and is an excellent way to improve a tiny but mighty story or essay, especially for fall when so many lit mags open for submissions. Please keep submissions below 1000 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. You may submit up to two stories per submission. 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.
David Galef has published over a dozen books, including the novels Flesh, Turning Japanese, and How to Cope with Suburban Stress (a Book Sense choice, listed by Kirkus as one of the Best 30 Books of 2006); the short-story collections Laugh Track and My Date with Neanderthal Woman (winner of Dzanc Books’ Short Story Collection Award); and the co-edited anthology of fiction 20 over 40. His latest volume is Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook, from Columbia University Press, now in its sixth printing.
- an 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 in a forthcoming Masters Review contest
- suggestions on literary magazines and contests that would be a good fit for your work, along with reading recommendations from your instructor
- an archived copy of The Masters Review anthology
- Writers will receive feedback no later than September 30. Early submissions may yield earlier feedback.
We accept works of fiction and creative nonfiction less than 1000 words. All genres and all styles are welcome. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. You can reserve your spot now. *If you submit your manuscript after reserving your spot, you will need to request to open your submission to editing via Submittable. We'll grant you access, and then you can upload your piece.*
Praise For The Workshop:
“I wanted to share my news with you. “Piano Lessons,” the essay I submitted to the workshop is coming out in Creative Nonfiction in the April issue. You were so generous in your support of my writing. CNF was top on your list of recommended places to send it.” – Ellen, Summer Workshop
“I hope The Masters Review will continue to do these online workshops and do them more frequently. It’s invaluable to get personal feedback from writers and editors of this caliber.” –Drew, Summer Workshop
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Time for some great stories.
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
- 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