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The 2015 Emerging Writer’s Contest is Now Open

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The 2015 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is now open! Our Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. One winner in each genre will receive $1,000 and publication in Ploughshares.  We consider you “emerging” if you haven’t published or

Percival Everett to Read at Emerson College

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We are thrilled to announce that author and Ploughshares Fall 2014 guest editor Percival Everett will give a talk and reading at Emerson College on October 9. Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California, is the author of more than twenty books, including Percival

New Ploughshares Solo: “Pie” by Suzanne Matson

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We’re thrilled to kick off our third volume of Ploughshares Solos with “Pie,” a story by Suzanne Matson. Over the past two years, our Ploughshares Solos series has given us the opportunity to publish excellent long-form stories and essays: first in an easily affordable digital format, and then in

Last Chance to Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest!

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There’s one week left to submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest! The contest will close on May 15, at 12:00 noon Eastern Time. One winner in each category—fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—will receive $1,000 and publication. We consider you emerging if you have yet to publish or self-publish a book.

Justin Kaplan (1925-2014)

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Justin Kaplan, award-winning biographer, editor, and friend of Ploughshares, passed away on March 2 at the age of 88. Kaplan guest edited the 1984 issue of Ploughshares with his wife Anne Bernays. In their introduction to this issue, Kaplan and Bernays wrote “More and more, biography and memoir writing

2014 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is Open!

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The 2014 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is now open! We will be accepting submissions from March 1 (today!) to May 15, and you can submit via our online submission manager. The contest will recognize work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.  One

New Ploughshares Solo: The Trench Garden by L.C. Fiore

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We’re excited to announce the publication of a new Ploughshares Solo: “The Trench Garden” by L.C. Fiore.  The Ploughshares Solos series allows us to publish long essays and stories in a digital format. Recent Ploughshares Solos include “This Blue” by Aurelie Sheehan and  “The Outside Passage” by Brendan Jones.

Roundup: End of the Year

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In our Roundups segment, we’re looking back at all the great posts since the blog started in 2009. We explore posts from our archives as well as other top literary magazines and websites, centered on a certain theme to help you jump-start your week. The end of the year is a season of

Editor’s Shelf: Winter 2013-14

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Each Ploughshares issue contains book recommendations from our Advisory Editors.  Here’s an Editor’s Shelf selection from the Winter 2013-14 Issue.  Enjoy these recommendations by B.H. Fairchild, Jane Hirschfield, Tony Hoagland, Joyce Peseroff, and more. B.H. Fairchild recommends Driving Late to the Party: The Kansas Poems by Jeff Worley: “This

Winter 2013-14 Issue

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We are excited to announce the publication of our Winter 2013-14 issue, which features poetry and prose compiled by our staff editors. This issue includes the work of several distinguished writers and newcomers, featuring writers like Andrew Foster Altschul, Jennifer Acker, and Carl Dennis. We’re thrilled with the quality