Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest 2021


Published: Monday, 8 February 2021

Submissions open:
1 March 2021

Submissions close:
15 May 2021

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

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

There are three categories:

Fiction (under 6,000 words);
Nonfiction (under 6,000 words);
Poetry (3-5 pages).

Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.

The 2020 contest judges are Kiley Reid (Fiction), Paige Lewis (Poetry) and Paul Lisicky (Nonfiction). 

Entry fee
The entry fee is $24. The fee includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares.

The winning story, essay, and poems will be published in the Winter 2020-21 issue of Ploughshares. Each winning author will receive $2,000.

Competition website
For further information visit the official competition website.