Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Each winner also receives a consultation with the literary agency Aragi, Inc. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are eligible. Roger Reeves will judge in poetry, Carmen Maria Machado will judge in fiction, and Roxane Gay will judge in nonfiction. Submit three to five pages of poetry or up to 6,000 words of fiction or nonfiction with a $24 entry fee (there is no entry fee for current subscribers), which includes a subscription to Ploughshares, by May 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Ploughshares, Emerging Writer's Contest, Emerson College, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. (617) 824-3757. Ellen Duffer, Managing Editor.