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About

Ploughshares has published quality literature since 1971. Best known for our award-winning Ploughshares literary journal, we also publish Ploughshares Solos [listed separately], digital-first long stories and essays, and a lively literary blog. Since 1989, we have been based at Emerson College in downtown Boston.

Ploughshares
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Audience

Country of Publication

Open to a broad Audience. United States

Publication Media & Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 3 x per year.
P Print PublicationPublished 3 x per year.

Fiction Open

Dates:
Open to fiction submissions through 15 January 2018 (151.4 days from now). 39
Genres:
G General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story1,000 - 6,000 words.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
S to P Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK Fees OK No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction Open

Dates:
Open to nonfiction submissions through 15 January 2018 (151.4 days from now). 9
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Personal.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Memoir.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
EssayUp to 6,000 words.
Narrative NonfictionUp to 6,000 words.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
S to P Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK Fees OK No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry Open

Dates:
Open to poetry submissions through 15 January 2018 (151.4 days from now). 24
Genres:
G General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
PoemNo line limits known; Unknown number of pieces.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
P Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK Fees OK No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

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Dates

Date Added:
02 Aug 2005
Last Updated:
02 Aug 2017