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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  • Previously unpublished works of fiction and narrative nonfiction only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  • We accept simultaneous submissions as long as work is withdrawn if it is accepted elsewhere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.

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

“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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