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  • Submission Policies

We welcome unsolicited manuscripts from June 1 to January 15 (postmark dates). We also accept submissions online. Please see our website ( for more information and guidelines. All submissions postmarked from January 16 to May 31 will be recycled or returned unread. From March 1 to May 15, we accept submissions online for our Emerging Writer's Contest.

Our backlog is unpredictable, and staff editors ultimately have the responsibility of determining for which editor a work is most appropriate. If a manuscript is not timely for one issue, it will be considered for another. Unsolicited work sent directly to a guest editor's home or office will be ignored and discarded.

All mailed manuscripts and correspondence regarding submissions should be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope and email address. Expect three to five months for a decision. We now receive well over a thousand manuscripts a month.

For stories and essays that are significantly longer than 7,500 words, we are now accepting submissions for Ploughshares Solos, which are published as e-books and collected in a longform prose issue in the fall. Pieces for this series, which can be either fiction or nonfiction, can stretch to novella length and range from 7,500 to 20,000 words. The series is edited by Ladette Randolph, Ploughshares Editor-in-chief. [End Page 254]

Simultaneous submissions are amenable as long as they are indicated as such and we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. We do not reprint previously published work. Translations are welcome if permission has been granted. We cannot be responsible for delay, loss, or damage. Payment is upon publication: $45/printed page, $90 minimum and $450 maximum per author, with two copies of the issue and a one-year subscription. For Ploughshares Solos, payment is $450 for long stories and novellas. The prize for our Emerging Writer's Contest is $2,000 for the winner in each genre: fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

Ploughshares greatly appreciates the support of its patrons. To give your tax-deductible contribution to the Ploughshares Endowed Fund, call us at (617) 824-3753 or visit [End Page 255]



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