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Contest Results - Awards - Fall 2013

Emerging Writer’s Contest Since 1971, Ploughshares has been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers. This is the third year of our Emerging Writer’s Contest, and our second accepting submissions in all three genres—poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. We are pleased to announce the following winners and runners-up. The winners will each receive $1,000 and be published in the staff-edited Winter 2013–14 issue.


Winner: Memory Blake Peebles, “The Sugar Bowl”

First Runner Up: Randi Beck, “By Morning, New Mercies”

Second Runner Up: Jai Chakrabarti, “Lilavati’s Fire”


Winner: Josephine Yu: “Never Trust a Poem that Begins with a Dream” and “Narcissist Revises Tidal Theory”

First Runner Up: Brian Tierney: “A Necklace of Bones Made Out of Birds,” “The Schopenhauer Elegy, or Like the Sokushinbutsu,” “Trying to Remember,” and “Waiting On a Word From The Mines”

Second Runner Up: Elizabeth Langemak: “Blue Hole,” “Knowing and Not Knowing,” “What Happens Next,” “No Song,” and “Also: A Definition”


Winner: Mary Winsor, “Rock-a-bye, Ute”

First Runner Up (tie): Nathan Deuel, “This Means War”

First Runner Up (tie): Lisa K. Buchanan, “A Bedtime Story From Your Future”

Second Runner Up: Dorothy Bouzouma, “Zahna” [End Page 180]

Many thanks to all of the authors for sharing their work with us. The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to all writers who have yet to publish a book, including chapbooks, eBooks, and self-published works. The contest is open for submissions from March 1 to May 15. Please visit our website ( for guidelines.

Awards Our congratulations to the following Ploughshares writers, whose work has been selected for these anthologies:

Best Stories Jamie Quatro’s story “Sinkhole,” from the Spring 2012 issue edited by Nick Flynn, will appear in O. Henry Prize Stories 2013, selected by a prize jury of Lauren Groff, Edith Pearlman, and Jim Shepard. The anthology is due out September 2013, with Laura Furman as the series editor.

Best Essays Charles Baxter’s essay, “What Happens in Hell,” from the Fall 2012 issue edited by Patricia Hampl, has been selected for The Best American Essays 2013. The anthology is due out October 2013, with Cheryl Strayed as the guest editor and Robert Atwan as the series editor.

Pushcart Eric Fair’s essay “Consequence” and Claudia Rankine’s poem “Excerpt from That Once Were Beautiful Children,” which both appeared in the Spring 2012 issue edited by Nick Flynn, and Charles Baxter’s essay, “What Happens in Hell,” from the Fall 2012 issue edited by Patricia Hampl, have been selected for The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses, which is due out November 2013 from Bill Henderson’s Pushcart Press. [End Page 181]


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