Be Discovered! Our Emerging Writer’s Contest is Now Open

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Our Emerging Writer’s Contest is now open! Submit your fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by May 15, 2017 at noon EST.

The Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We consider you “emerging” if you haven’t published a book. One winner in each genre will receive $2,000 and publication in Ploughshares.  This year’s judges are Garth Greenwell in fiction, Meghan Daum in nonfiction, and Natalie Diaz in poetry. For more information about the Emerging Writer’s Contest and to submit, visit our website.

Over the years, Ploughshares has helped launch the careers of great writers like Edward P. Jones, Sue Miller, Mona Simpson, Tim O’Brien, and others, and we were thrilled to publish last year’s winners in our Winter 2016-17 issue.  You can read their winning pieces on our website:

Since 1971, we’ve been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers. As we said in our recently published statement of commitments, we look forward to discovering those writers Sherman Alexie describes in the introduction to our Winter 2000 issue as “crazy and courageous enough to think that poems and stories matter more than just about everything else.”

Submit today!