Submissions are open from January 15, 2017 to March 31. This year stories will be selected by Roxane Gay who will choose ten winners from a shortlist of thirty. This category is open to ALL EMERGING WRITERS. Anyone who has not yet published a novel at the time of submission or whose work has had a circulation below 5000 copies.

We are looking for today's top emerging writers. Send us your best!


  • Previously unpublished works of fiction and narrative nonfiction only
  • Up to 8000 words
  • We accept simultaneous submissions as long as work is withdrawn if it is accepted elsewhere
  • Multiple submissions are allowed
  • Writers must not have published a novel-length work at the time of submission (authors of short story collections and self-published titles can submit as can authors with work with a low distribution)
  • Standard formatting please (double-spaced, 12 pt font, pages numbered)
  • $20 reading fee
  • Submissions are not limited to writers in the US. All English-language submissions are welcome
  • $500 award
  • Publication in a nationally distributed journal
  • Exposure to over 50 literary agencies
  • Contributor’s copy
  • All writers are part of an exclusive mailing. We send our anthology to editors, writers, and literary institutions across the country

Deadline for entry is March 31, 2017. We will try to announce the shortlist as soon as possible. In past years, this has announced within one month of the deadline. All writers will be notified when results are in. The book is published in the fall.

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"I read your issues like clockwork! I’m a literary agent, and there’s such a great cast of emerging writers on this site that I’m always checking in to see if there’s anyone who might be looking for representation for longer form work.” Victoria Marini, GELFMAN SCHNEIDER / ICM PARTNERS

“The Masters Review delights with a stunningly eclectic array of voices, uniform only in their excellence. This anthology is a testament to the health of contemporary literature.” – LAURA VAN DEN BERG, author of Find Me and The Isle of Youth

“The Masters Review is a lovely magazine, in form and content. How awesome it is to see the next generation of writers kicking ass, taking names, and making beautiful art.” –STEVE ALMOND, author

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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.

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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

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