Winter 2012-13 Issue, Edited by Ladette Randolph and John Skoyles

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We are pleased to announce a slight twist with our Winter issue. Unlike our Spring and Fall issues, which are entirely chosen by guest editors (Nick Flynn and Patricia Hampl), the Winter issue was put together a little closer to home. The prose selections were made by Ladette Randolph, Ploughshares editor-in-chief, and the poetry was chosen by John Skoyles, our poetry editor. Also, the issue features the winners of our Emerging Writer’s Contest, who were also chosen by our readers and staff.

We have been thrilled with the quality of work we have received, both via regular submissions and the contest, and excited to share it with you. As always, the Winter issue is also available on Kindle and Nook.

Here is a selection of pieces from the issue.

You can read Ladette Randolph’s Introduction here.

The poetry includes work by Pulitzer Prize-winner Carl Dennis (“Laundry Day“), Tony Hoagland, Barbara Hamby (“Ode to the Triple“), Afaa Michael Weaver, Ellen Bass (“Restaurant“), D. Nurkse (“August on the Coast“), and more.

The prose includes work by Karl Taro Greenfeld, Barry Gifford, and more. Available online are stories by Joshua Howes (“Grace“) about a New York family that continues to hire a tutor for their dead daughter, and Emma Torzs (“Come the Revolution“), about the encounter between the members of a survivalist commune and an Iraq War veteran. You can also read Kate Flaherty’s essay, “Heather, 1984,” about a painful high school production of The Miracle Worker.

Finally, all of the work by the winners of our Emerging Writer’s Contest can be read online, including Jasmine Sawers’ dystopian story of population control (“The Culling“), Jacob Newberry’s essay on his fumbling attempts to navigate the political situation in Israel (“What You Will Do“), and Jen Silverman’s series of Bath poems. Our contest for next year opens in just a few months, and the $24 fee includes a subscription to the magazine (current subscribers submit for free).

We hope you love the issue as much as we do! Moving forward, our Spring and Fall issues will continue to be edited by outside writers (Major Jackson in the Spring, and Peter Ho Davies in the Fall). Our Winter issue, though, will be gathered together by Ploughshares staff, as a home for the accomplished pieces that may not have been right for the guest-edited issues, some of our own favorites, and the winners of Emerging Writer’s Contest.