Ends on November 30, 2019

$20.00 USD

We. Love. Fall.

Welcome! 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 The shortlist of 15 stories will be selected by The Masters Review editors and the winners will be selected from that pool. A previous Fall Fiction Contest winner, Ruth Joffre, published her story collection with Grove Atlantic. Her winning story, "Night Beast," is the title story in her debut collection. Awesome.

Guest judged by Anita Felicelli!


  • Submissions are open from Oct 1 - Nov 30
  • 6000 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. Writers with novels published with a circulation of fewer than 5000 copies can also submit.) 
  • $20 submission fee
  • International submissions allowed 
  • Previously unpublished work only
  • Translations allowed, providing the story has not been published in another language 
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere
  • Winner receives $2000 and publication
  • 2nd and 3rd place stories receive $300 and $200 respectively, in addition to publication

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.


Anita Felicelli is the author of the novel CHIMERICA and the short story collection LOVE SONGS FOR A LOST CONTINENT, which won the 2016 Mary  Roberts Rinehart Award. Her essays, reviews, and criticism have appeared in the SF Chronicle, the Los Angeles Review of Books, New York Times  (Modern Love), Slate, Salon, Catapult, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She graduated from UC Berkeley and UC Berkeley School of Law.  She's a member of the National Book Critics Circle and a VONA alum.  She's received a Puffin Foundation grant, Greater Bay Area Journalism  awards, and Pushcart nominations, and her fiction and poems have been  anthologized. CHIMERICA appeared on The Millions Most Anticipated List  for 2019. Born in South India, she lives in the Bay Area with her family.