The Masters Review Anthology Volume IX – Judged by Rick Bass

$5000 Awarded
Ends on March 30, 2020 $20.00 USD.

Every year The Masters Review opens submissions to produce our anthology, a collection of ten stories and essays written by the best emerging authors. Our aim is to showcase ten writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. The ten winners are nationally distributed in a printed book with their stories and essays exposed to top agents, editors, and authors across the country.

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Previously unpublished works of fiction and narrative nonfiction only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We accept simultaneous submissions as long as work is withdrawn if it is accepted elsewhere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

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