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Ploughshares

Website:

http://www.pshares.org/index.cfm

Medium: Print

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Genres Accepted: fiction, poetry, and a limited amount of nonfiction

Established: 1971

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Award-winning poetry, fiction, essays, and memoirs

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About:

Ploughshares is published by Emerson College in Boston and is dedicated to publishing work of the highest literary quality. It uses a guest-editor to expose readers to different literary circles.

Analysis:

Ploughshares publishes very good, interesting writing and seems to be quite selective and strict about submission guidelines. The website suggests that you read through a couple issues before deciding to submit to get a feel for what Ploughshares is looking for. This seems like good advice. The fact that there’s a wide variety of guest-editors and that the magazine occasionally publishes emerging writers might increase your chances of publication.

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Hekman Availability: Available in print

Submission Instructions:

http://www.pshares.org/submit/index.cfm

Ploughshares is published three times a year. The spring and winter issues contain a mixture of poetry and prose, and the fall issue contains only prose. Each issue is guest-edited by a different prominent writer. The guest-editor can solicit up to half of his/her issue, and the other half is selected from unsolicited manuscripts.

Ploughshares occasionally publishes issues that feature emerging writers.

Primarily seeks short stories but occasionally publishes personal essays/memoirs and will accept novel excerpts that are self-contained.

Submit one work of prose or one to three poems.

Poems individually typed either single- or double-spaced on one side of the page.

Prose typed double-spaced on one side and no longer than thirty pages.

Margins flushed left instead of justified.

Only submit from June 1 to January 15 (postmark dates) or your work will be returned unread.

Send only one manuscript at a time. Previously published work will not be reprinted.

Submit by mail or online. Refer to website for detailed instructions.

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