Ploughshares literary magazine was established in 1971 and is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious magazines in the United States. Its writers have frequently been recognised by The Pushcart Prize and selected for The Best American Short Stories.
Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest 2016 is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry who have not yet published or self-published a book. The winning story, essay and poems from the 2016 contest will be published in the Winter 2016-17 issue of Ploughshares, and each writer will receive $1000.
The contest is open to fiction and nonfiction pieces up to 6000 words; poetry entries must be between 3 and 5 pages.
The winners of the 2015 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest can be read in full online:Lucy Tan’s Safety of Numbers (fiction), Emily Strasser’s Homeplace (nonfiction) and Emily Jungmin Yoon’s An Ordinary Misfortune (poetry).
Entries for the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest opened on Tuesday 1 March and close at noon on Sunday 15 May (USA East Coast time).
For full entry details visit the Ploughshares website.
Writers are also encouraged to subscribe to the magazine’s email newsletter for advice and exercises from the Ploughshares blog to help in the writing process.