The Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest 2020

15 May 2020

Who may enter
The contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book.

The contest is organised by Ploughshares, an American literary journal.

There are three categories:
• Fiction (under 6000 words);
• Nonfiction (under 6000 words);
• Poetry (3-5 pages).

Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.

The 2020 contest judges are Kirstin Valdez Quade (Fiction), Ilya Kaminsky (Poetry) and Esmé Weijun Wang (Nonfiction).

Entry fee
The entry fee is $24. The fee includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares.

The winning storyessay, and poems will be published in the Winter 2020-21 issue of Ploughshares. Each winning author will receive $2,000.

How to enroll
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