31 January 2011

Ploughshares’ Emerging Fiction Writer’s Contest 2011

Post date: 31 January 2011
Deadline: 15 March 2011

We are pleased to announce that in 2011 the Emerging Fiction Writer's Contest winner will be awarded $500.

Login to our submission manager here to submit.

Since 1971, Ploughshares has been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers. In the spirit of the magazine’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest will recognize a story by an emerging fiction writer.

Literary work first published in Ploughshares has been cited in the Pushcart Prize volumes more frequently than any other literary journal and is regularly featured in Best American anthologies. The magazine has an international readership and is widely distributed throughout the United States.


We define an “emerging writer” as someone who has no book, has won no major awards, and who has published fiction in less than five national publications. (A national publication is any magazine or journal, online or in print, with an ISSN number.)

Submission Policies:

* Please login to our online submission manager between January 16 and March 15 to submit.
* Entries must be fiction pieces under 5,000 words.
* The entry fee of $20, payable by credit card on the submission manager site, will include a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares. (Current subscribers may add to their subscription or give the subscription as a gift.)
* Writers are allowed to submit only one story to the contest, per year.


The winning story this year will be selected by DeWitt Henry, founding editor of Ploughshares. The winner and two runner ups will be announced in the Fall 2011 issue of Ploughshares guest-edited by DeWitt Henry. The winning story will be published in the Winter 2011-12 issue of Ploughshares, guest-edited by Alice Hoffman.

More information here.
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