Contest Alert

“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

One of the best ways to get your work finished — and noticed! — is to take advantage of well-respected awards opportunities. Here’s one you may want to look into: The Masters Review — an American literary magazine and publisher based in Portland, Oregon. It was launched in 2011 as a platform for discovering and publishing new and emerging writers. It’s open to any writer who does not have a novel under contract. Stories are published online and in print. An anthology is published annually and acts as a showcase for emerging writers.

The Masters Review Fall Fiction Contest is open until November 15. This year, it will be judged by Kelly Link, an award-winning author of numerous story collections. Fifteen finalists will be selected and announced on or before December 21, 2016. Kelly Link will select three winners from this group. Winners will be announced in January. Here are the details and guidelines:

The winning writer will be awarded $2000, publication, and a year’s subscription to Duotrope, a leading web-based resource for writers.

Second and third place will be awarded $200 and $100 and also earn publication.

All stories submitted will be considered for publication.

Stories submitted should be under 7000 words.

Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels
with a small circulation are welcome to submit.

Simultaneous and multiple submissions are allowed.

International submissions are also invited.

Entrance fee: $20.

From the contest announcement: “We don’t have any preferences topically or in terms of style. We’re simply looking for the best. Like our judge, 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 and are looking for stories that dazzle us, take chances, are bold — and do so by focusing on more than plot.”

For more details and full submission guidelines, visit

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