15 May 2021
Who may enter
The contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book.
The contest is organised by Ploughshares, an American literary journal.
There are three categories:
• Fiction (under 6,000 words);
• Nonfiction (under 6,000 words);
• Poetry (3-5 pages).
Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.
The 2020 contest judges are Kiley Reid (Fiction), Paige Lewis (Poetry) and Paul Lisicky (Nonfiction).
The entry fee is $24. The fee includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares.
The winning story, essay, and poems will be published in the Winter 2020-21 issue of Ploughshares. Each winning author will receive $2,000.
How to enroll
For further information visit the official competition website.