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Emerging Writer’s Contest Deadline Extended

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Our Emerging Writer's Contest has been extended!

Announcing the 2016 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 2016 Emerging Writer’s Contest, judged by Anthony Marra (fiction), Dinty W. Moore (nonfiction), and Marianne Boruch (poetry).

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

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

Announcing the 2015 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 2015 Emerging Writer’s Contest, judged by Megan Mayhew Bergman (fiction), Jabari Asim (nonfiction), and Matthew Lippman (poetry). In nonfiction, our winner is Emily Strasser for her essay “Homeplace.” Emily Strasser will complete

Emerging Writer’s Contest Deadline Extended to Friday, 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 Friday, 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

Our Winter 2014-15 Issue is Now Available!

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We are elated to announce that our staff-edited Winter 2014-15 Issue is available for purchase! 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 Winter Issue of Ploughshares features a diverse collection of

Announcing Ploughshares’ 2014 Emerging Writer’s Contest Winners

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Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.  After receiving thousands of submissions from talented writers, Ploughshares is proud to announce the three winners of the 2014 Emerging Writer’s Contest, chosen by our editors: John Skoyles for poetry, Margot Livesey for

Last Chance to Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest!

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There’s one week left to submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest! The contest will close on May 15, at 12:00 noon Eastern Time. One winner in each category—fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—will receive $1,000 and publication. We consider you emerging if you have yet to publish or self-publish a book.

Announcing Ploughshares’ 2013 Emerging Writer’s Contest Winners

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This blog post contains a correction: Our first runners-up in nonfiction are Nathan Deuel and Lisa K. Buchanan. Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.  After receiving thousands of submissions from talented writers, Ploughshares is proud to