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The Masters Review Anthology Prize. Showcasing today's best emerging writers. $5000 awarded between 10 finalists.

Submissions are open for The Masters Review Volume IX from January 31 to March 29, 2020. This year stories will be selected by Rick Bass 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  • Previously unpublished works of fiction and narrative nonfiction only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 7000 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  • We accept simultaneous submissions as long as work is withdrawn if it is accepted elsewhere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, about 5000 copies)
  • Standard formatting please (double-spaced, 12 pt font, pages numbered)
  • $20 reading fee per submission
  • Submissions are not limited to writers in the US. All English-language submissions are welcome
  • Writers who have earned an Anthology Prize before and whose work appears in our printed book cannot submit to this category but are welcome to send us work in other open categories.


  • $500 award
  • Publication in our 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 29, 2020. We will announce the shortlist within 8-10 weeks of the contest's close. All writers will be notified when results are in. The book is published in the fall.

Praise for The Masters Review

Winner! INDIEFAB Silver Medal for Best Short Story Collection - 2015

"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

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