Announcements Archive

“A Death in the Family” by Billy O’Callaghan

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Nellie was nine years old when her brother Jimmy fell and broke his back. She and the rest of her family could only watch as the injury slowly worsened. The night before Jimmy died, Nellie ran through their small Irish town to make sure everyone was gathered at their

Reading in a Time of Disruption

Writer and literary critic Sergio Pitol makes the claim that “[w]orks of art express . . . the best energy humans are capable of producing.” For Flannery O’Connor, literature is a particular human achievement.

“Endlings” by Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

"Endlings" follows Dr. Katya Vidović, a woman who left behind memories of war and a dying mother when she emigrated from Croatia to the United States as a child. Now working with adolescent girls who suffer from eating disorders fueled by the fear of losing control, confronts her need

Announcing the 2017 Emerging Writer’s Contest Winners

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After receiving thousands of submissions from talented writers, we’re proud to announce the three winners of the 2017 Emerging Writer’s Contest, judged by Garth Greenwell (fiction), Natalie Diaz (poetry), and Meghan Daum (nonfiction).

New Ploughshares Solo Now Available!

When a mother and her baby are found dead in their car, a small New England town is forced to confront its secrets. As the news settles and rumors spread, the mother of the young family must grapple with the new understanding that this town isn't the safe and

New Ploughshares Solo Now Available!

We are thrilled to announce the release of our latest solo, “Blue River Hotel” by Stephen Henighan!

Our Summer 2017 Issue Has Been Released!

We are thrilled to announce the release of our Summer 2017 issue! Acclaimed writer Stewart O’Nan guest-edits this fiction and nonfiction issue of Ploughshares, featuring new work from Stephen King, Christie Hodgen, Askold Melnyczuk, Michael Byers, and more.

Emerging Writer’s Contest Deadline Extended

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Our Emerging Writer's Contest has been extended!

New Ploughshares Solo Now Available!

We’re excited to announce the release of our latest solo, "Kaat" by Edward Hamlin!

Viet Dinh Wins 2016 Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction

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We’re excited to announce Viet Dinh as the winner of the 2016 Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction for his short story “Lucky Dragon” which appeared in the Summer 2016 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 in the journal during the