Ploughshares Open Reading Period

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Call For Submissions

Ploughshares welcomes unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from June 1 to January 15 each year. The print literary journal (also available in multiple digital formats) is published quarterly: mixed issues of poetry and prose in the Spring and Winter, a prose issue in the summer, and a longform prose issue in the Fall, with two of the four issues per year guest-edited by a different writer of prominence.

The regular reading period is open to unpublished poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, translations, and longform writing. Since 1971, Ploughshares’s award-winning journal of new writing has discovered and cultivated the freshest voices in contemporary literature. Please review the 2021 reading period guidelines to submit works for consideration.

Submission Period
June 1, 2021 -January 15, 2022

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