Ploughshares Celebrates 45 Years! Summer 2016 Issue Now Available

3D-422-06082016 (1)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. In their introduction, Messud and Wood write: “No matter its form, we sought to include fiction that is vivid, vital and urgent.” Ranging from realism to allegory to experimental, the work on these pages highlights the amazing breadth of capabilities of the short story.

This issue is dedicated to Daniel Aaron (1912-2016), a longtime friend, consultant, and former Ploughshares Trustee, who presided over our formal affiliation with Emerson College in 1989.

The Summer 2016 issue is currently making its way to subscribers’ mailboxes and is available for purchase on For a preview of the amazing work in this issue, you can read the story “The Committed” by Viet Thanh Nguyen online today.

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