The Winter 2016-17 issue of Ploughshares. Ploughshares is an award-winning journal of new writing. Two out of each year’s three issues are guest-edited by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles; the Winter issue is staff-edited.
This staff edited issue of Ploughshares features a vibrant collection of essays, poems, and short stories. Whether it’s through poetry like Daniel Lawless’s poem “The Old Masters,” or short stories like Katie Knoll’s “IED,” the work in this issue reminds us that below the surface, there is always something unseen. In the Look2 essay, Rob Hardy takes a look at the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and novelist Susan Glaspell.
This issue also features prose by Tristan Hughes and Irina Reyn and poetry by Mairead Small Staid, Bill Knott, and sam sax. The winners of our 2016 Emerging Writer’s Contest appear here, along with the announcement of our 2016 John C. Zacharis Award winner.