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Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest (Deadline: May 15)

Ploughshares‘s Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to submissions until May 15, 2024.

Since 1971, Ploughshares has been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers. In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. One winner in each genre per year will receive $2,000 and publication in the literary journal. Ploughshares considers authors “emerging” if they haven’t published or self-published a book.

The 2024 contest judges are Dantiel W. Moniz (Fiction), Porsha Olayiwola (Poetry), and Augusten Burroughs (Nonfiction). The winners will also receive a conversation with our partnering literary agency, Aevitas Creative Management, regarding their work and writing careers. 

See full submission guidelines.