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The Summer 2017 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.

Distinguished writer Stewart O'Nan guest-edits this issue. As O'Nan writes in his introduction, "I want to feel moral confusion, because nothing in this world is simple. As a writer reading, I also admire the precision and audacity of an author's language and use of form. Do it differently or better, or don't do it at all." Featuring new work from Stephen King, Christie Hodgen, Askold Melnyczuk, and Michael Byers, the pieces in this issue cover a wide range of themes and explore inventive narrative structures.