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Summer Short Story Award

Summer Short Story Award for New Writers 2021

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Applications are open for Summer Short Story Award for New Writers 2021. Welcome to Summer Short Story Award for New Writers, a prize that recognizes the best fiction from today’s emerging writers.

All winning stories and any notable Honorable Mentions, will receive agency review by the following: Nat Sobel from Sobel Weber, Victoria Cappello from The Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison from Writers House, Sarah Fuentes from Fletcher & Company, Heather Schroder from Compass Talent, and Siohban McBride from Carnicelli Literary Management.


  • The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online.
  • In addition to that, second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively.


  • Stories under 6000 words
  • Previously unpublished stories only
  • Simultaneous as well as multiple submissions allowed
  • Emerging writers only (It is interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections are welcome to submit. Writers with novels published with small circulations (around 5000 copies) can also submit.)
  • International English submissions allowed
  • $20 entry fee
  • Deadline: August 30th, 2021
  • Please, no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication
  • If requesting an editorial letter, please indicate on your cover letter if the submission is fiction or creative nonfiction.
  • Furthermore, a significant portion of the editorial letter fees go to our feedback editor, according to the rates established by the EFA.

Included Opportunities and Discounts 

To thank you for your continued support of The Masters Review, we’re excited to offer you the following opportunities with your submission:

  • WritingWorkshops.com is offering 15% off any of their classes this year, and the discount code will be included in the confirmation e-mail when you submit.
  • Literature & Latte is offering a 20% discount on their incredibly helpful Scrivener writing software for macOS and Windows users. There will be a discount code in the confirmation e-mail when you submit.
  • Benjamin Woodard’s class on Skillshare, “Crafting Complex Characters (Quickly) for Short Fiction,” is available with a free 14-day trial (through a link in your confirmation e-mail).
  • The Writing Salon is offering every submitter a 10% off discount code on a writing class with a discount code included in your confirmation e-mail

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline30 August,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerThe Masters Review



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