Literary Journal Archive

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.

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.

Our Spring 2017 Issue Has Been Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of our Spring 2017 issue.

Our Winter 2016-17 Issue Has Been Released!

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We are pleased to announce the release of our Winter 2016-17 issue! This staff-edited issue of Ploughshares features a vibrant collection of essays, poems, and short stories.

Ploughshares Solos Omnibus Volume 4 Now Available!

We are thrilled to announce the release of the Ploughshares Solos Omnibus Volume 4, the fourth print compilation of our Ploughshares Solos series! The Ploughshares Solos Omnibus Volume 4 can be purchased on our website for $19.95. It is also available digitally for $9.99.

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.

Our Spring 2016 Issue is Now Available!

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We are pleased to announce that our Spring 2016 issue has been released! Acclaimed poets Tom Sleigh and Alan Shapiro guest-edit this poetry and prose issue of Ploughshares. In a heartfelt introduction the two dedicate the issue to Mark Strand, Philip Levine, C.K. Williams, and Seamus Heaney, they write,  “We wanted to bring

The Best Essay I Read This Month: “Sign of the Times” by Sara Nović

Disenfranchisement is an unpredictable thing. What the mainstream may assume isolates or weakens a person will sometimes give rise to community and strength, as in Sara Nović’s “Sign of the Times,” published this month in Guernica. Nović, who is deaf, writes about the belief that deaf people are broken

The Best Essay I Read This Month: “Good For You” by Scott Korb

There have already been many great essays of 2016, but what really stuck to me this month was Scott Korb’s “Good For You” in the Winter 2016 issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review. The essay spans a lot of life’s bigger touchpoints—cancer, spirituality, parenting, aging and the prospect of

Our Winter 2015-16 Issue is Now Available!

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We are pleased to announce that our staff-edited Winter 2015-16 issue has been released! Each year, two of our three issues are guest-edited by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles, while the Winter issue staff-edited. The stories, poems, and essays that comprise this staff-edited issue of Ploughshares are diverse and