Announcements Archive

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

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

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

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

New Ploughshares Solo: “Córdoba Skies” now available!

We’re excited to announce the release of our most recent Ploughshares Solo, “Córdoba Skies” written by Federico Falco and translated from Spanish by Sarah Viren. 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

Be Discovered: Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest Now Open!

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Our Emerging Writer’s Contest is now open! Submit your fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by May 15, 2016 at noon EST. Since 1971, we’ve been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers. Our Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and

New Ploughshares Solo: “Men Be Either Or, But Never Enough” by Andria Nacina Cole

We’re thrilled to announce the release of our most recent Ploughshares Solo, “Men Be Either Or, But Never Enough” by Andria Nacina Cole! 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

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