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In 2012, we established Ploughshares Solos, a digital-first series for longer stories and essays, which is edited by Ploughshares Editor-in-Chief Ladette Randolph. New Solos are published regularly and are available for download on your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or Kobo.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2012

Publication Media

Electronic Publication Electronic Publication 
Print Publication Print Publication 

Fiction Open

Dates:
Open to fiction submissions through 15 January 2022* (approx. 48 days from now). 5
Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 15,000 words.
Novella Novella15,000 - 20,000 words.
Novel Excerpt Novel Excerpt7,500 - 20,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999) + Unknown royalties Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999). Unknown royalties.
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.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Nonfiction Open

Dates:
Open to nonfiction submissions through 15 January 2022* (approx. 48 days from now). 2
Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Personal.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Memoir.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Book Excerpt Book Excerpt7,500 - 20,000 words.
Book Book7,500 - 20,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999) + Unknown royalties Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999). Unknown royalties.
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.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

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Dates

Last Updated: 04 Jun 2021
Last Checked: 10 Nov 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 30 May 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 04 Jun 2012

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