Updated Nov. 14: See the news about the 2013 contest.
The Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest in 2012 is expanding to include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The winner in each genre will be awarded $1,000. The deadline to submit is noon EST Monday, April 2, 2012.
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 Writer’s Contest will recognize work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
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.
ELIGIBILITY: Ploughshares defines an “emerging writer” as someone who has yet to publish a book, including chapbooks, eBooks, and self-published works, in any of the content genres: creative nonfiction, poetry, or fiction. No book should be forthcoming before April 15th, 2013, the date when the Winter issue will be off the stands.