Ploughshares is currently accepting applications for regular contributors to the Blog. Applications are due December 7, 2022 at 9:00am EST.

Regular contributors are contracted on a twelve-month basis, with contracts starting January 1, 2023. Regular contributors are responsible for writing one critical essay per month (regular contributors may occasionally write personal essays or conduct interviews in place of their monthly critical essay assignment at editor discretion). Publication dates for these pieces will be set by Ploughshares Blog editors before January 1, 2023, and regular contributors will be responsible for submitting pitches at least ten days prior to these predetermined publication dates and drafts at least seven days prior to these predetermined publication dates. All drafts undergo editing, though the level of editing needed is determined case-by-case; at a minimum, all pieces will be line edited, copy edited, and fact-checked. Regular contributions are between 1,300 and 1,999 words each; regular contributors are paid $35 per piece contributed. Regular contributors are permitted to submit pitches for book reviews and longform essays outside of their regular contribution contract.

To apply, please send the following to with the subject line “2023 BLOGGER APPLICATION”:

  • 3 pitches, following the suggestions outlined here
  • 3¬†writing samples, of published and/or unpublished but finished work

Please read the Blog to get a sense of what we cover and what we’ve already covered. We value strong voice and new perspectives on literature above all.

All applications will receive a response.