2012: Year in Review

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It’s been a big year for us here at Ploughshares. Sure, it wasn’t our 40th anniversary like 2011 was, but we’re doing more than ever before.

Putting the issue together is actually a very small part of what goes on in our office on a daily basis. I won’t get into it all, but there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes! As you might have heard me say before, we have a permanent staff of 2.5, so none of this would be possible without our loyal and dedicated student employees, volunteer readers and interns, our bloggers, and the various contractors and consultants who help us get it done.

As for what we DID get done this year, here’s a quick snap shot. Enjoy, and have a great holiday. We’ll be back in 2013 with our resolutions — good luck with making yours!

Online submissions: 8,227
Paper submissions: 1,741

Issues published: 3
Issues printed: 18,750

Ploughshares Solos released: 5
[Edited to add:] Fiction: 4; Essays: 1

Paid to writers: $29,025

Writers published in issues:

  • Nonfiction: 26
  • Fiction: 13
  • Poetry: 72
  • End matter: 10
  • Women: 65
  • Men: 56
  • 50% from “slush” [edited to add this figure]

Blog posts: 345
Posts with sections that must be read in a soft British accent: 1
Literary Boroughs posts: 35

Increase in Twitter followers from end of 2011: 5,337

Digital volumes sold: 2,515
Back issues made available digitally this year: 21
(24%. Goal is 100% by Summer 2013)
New digital platforms: 3
(Nook, Kobo, iBooks)

Newsletters sent out: 23

Book festivals exhibited at: 3 (including AWP)

New Ploughshares T-shirt designs: 3