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An Angel Choir, Titans of Industry, and a Writers’ Festival: Western New York’s Chautauqua Institution

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When I arrive in early June to teach at the Writer’s Festival, the Chautauqua Institution is a ghost town. The lake laps against the shoreline and the proliferation of white wicker chairs on the historic Athenaeum hotel veranda are mostly empty.
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New Ploughshares Solo “Beach Plum Jam” is Now Available!

We’re excited to announce the release of our newest Ploughshares Solo, "Beach Plum Jam" by Patricia G. Buddenhagen. 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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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