Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest


15th May 2019

Who may enter
The contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. International submissions welcome.

The contest is organized by Ploughshares, an American literary journal.

There are three categories:
• Fiction (under 6000 words);
• Nonfiction (under 6000 words);
• Poetry (3-5 pages).

Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.

The 2019 contest judges are Ottessa Moshfegh (Fiction), Leslie Jamison (Nonfiction), and Fatimah Asghar (Poetry).

Entry fee
Entry to the contest requires a $24 fee. The fee includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares.

The winning story, essay, and poems will be published in the Winter 2019-20 issue of Ploughshares. Each winning author will receive $2,000.

Please visit to learn more about the competition.