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New Ploughshares Solo “Face The Music” is Now Available!

We're excited to kick off our fifth Ploughshares Solos Series with "Face The Music: My Improbable Trip to Saturn (or Close Enough) with Sun Ra" by Michael Lowenthal. In 1990, the avant-garde jazz musician Sun Ra arrived at Dartmouth to collaborate with the school’s jazz band, where Michael Lowenthal–an

Round-Up: Oprah’s Book Club, SYRIA SPEAKS, and Enhanced Ebooks

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From Oprah Winfrey's Book Club to an interactive reading experience, here's last week's top literary headlines.

Ploughshares Celebrates 45 Years! Summer 2016 Issue Now Available

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Ploughshares is pleased to announce the release of our Summer 2016 issue! This forty-fifth anniversary edition, guest edited by novelist Claire Messud and literary critic James Wood, includes new work from Viet Thanh Nguyen (winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize), Lydia Davis, Carys Davies, and more.

New Ploughshares Solo “Beach Plum Jam” is Now Available!

We’re excited to announce the release of our newest Ploughshares Solo, "Beach Plum Jam" by Patricia G. Buddenhagen. Ploughshares Solos are stories and essays too long for our traditional print journal that we publish in an affordable, digital format nine times a year.

Round-Up: Roots, Jack Keruac, and the O. Henry Prize Winners

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From the auctioning off of Jack Keruac’s famous letter to the next book in the Millennium series, here are the latest literary headlines: The letter that is largely credited as the inspiration for Jack Keruac’s On the Road is going to auction on June 16. Addressed to Keruac and written

New Ploughshares Solo “The Soul in Paraphrase” Now Available!

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We’re excited to announce the release of our newest Ploughshares Solo, “The Soul in Paraphrase” by Robert Boswell. Ploughshares Solos are stories and essays too long for our traditional print journal that we publish in an affordable, digital format nine times a year. For more information and some great reading material, check out

Round-Up: Ahmed Naji, Katherine Dunn, and More

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From a protest over the imprisonment of an Egyptian writer to the first ever female-led crime writing festival, here are the latest literary headlines: PEN America is teaming up with writers across the globe to protest the “unjust imprisonment” of Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji. Last week, at least 120 prominent

Emerging Writer’s Contest Deadline Extended to Sunday, May 22

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Good news! We’ve extended the deadline of our Emerging Writer’s Contest and will be accepting submissions until Sunday, May 22, at 12 noon EST. For more information and to submit, visit our website. As a reminder, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each

Round-Up: Bookslut, BTBA Winners, and the Intersection of Poetry and Music

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From Bookslut’s last issue to the important role poetry and music play in each other’s lives, here’s a look at the latest literary news: In March, founder of Bookslut Jessica Crispin announced she’d be stopping publication of the website, which she’s been running since 2002. She recently sat down with

Ramona Ausubel Wins 2015 Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction

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We’re excited to announce that Ramona Ausubel is the winner of the 2015 Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction for her short story “Fresh Water from the Sea” which appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Ploughshares. The $1,000 award, given by acclaimed writer and member of the Ploughshares advisory board Alice Hoffman, honors the best piece of fiction published