Creative writing prize: The Masters Review Winter Short Story Award

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Win $3,000 for short fiction up to 6,000 words by new writers

The competition for new and emerging writers invites entries of original, unpublished short fiction. Self-published writers and writers with short story collections and novels with a small circulation (under 5,000 copies) are welcome to enter.

There is a first prize of $3,000, and second and third prizes of $300 and $200. All three winners will published online and their authors will be offered agency review. The judge is Kimberly King Parsons.

The entry fee is $20.

The closing date is 31 January.

For full details see the website.

 

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