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Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Representative Authors: 
William Giraldi, Lauren Groff, Aimee Bender, David Foster Wallace, Joseph Brodsky, Raymond Carver, Maxine Kumin, Kevin Young, Kelle Groom, Alice Munro, Linda Gregg, Seamus Heaney, Ann Hood, John Irving, H.T. Kirby-Smith, Toni Morrison, Li-Young Lee, Linda McCarriston, Haruki Murakami, Sabina Murray, Joyce Carol Oates, ZZ Packer, Jim Shepard, Gerald Stern, Richard Yates
Online, Digital, Print
Reading Period: 
Jun 1 to Jan 15
Response Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Issues per Year: 
3 issues, 1 anthology, and e-book Solos every 4-8 weeks
Issue Price: 
Subscription Price: 
1 year - $35; 2 years - $55; 3 years - $70
5,000 to 10,000

Editorial Focus

Ploughshares is a journal of new writing, and two out of three issues per year are guest-edited by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles, with each year's Winter issue staff-edited. 50% of each issue is directly solicited by the guest editor, and the remaining 50% is selected from unsolicited manuscripts. Ploughshares Solos, a series launched in 2012, digitally publishes long stories and novella length work as standalone singles. The series is staff edited. See submission guidelines for details.

Tips From the Editor

Please note that we charge a $3 service fee for online submissions  (subscribers may submit online free of charge). This is not a reading fee. Mail submissions are still accepted free of charge.

Please read our submission guidelines online at

Contact Information

Ellen Duffer, Managing Editor
120 Boylston Street
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Last updated: Jan 26, 2023