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Ploughshares

Literary Magazine

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Since 1971, award-winning journal at Emerson College discovering fresh voices in contemporary literature. Published four times a year; new writing daily on blog.

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Highlights

  • Vibe:Very fancy very impressive very not fast
  • Response time:
    3-5 months*
    Editor reported data
     / 
    61 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:
    1% *
    Editor reported data
     / 
    0.84%*
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PaysYes

Find more details in the Genres section

FeeNo

  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors

    yes, copies + subscription

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 6500 words max

Max words: 6500

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Submission fee: $

Payment: $

Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained. Significantly longer work (7,500–20,000 words) can be submitted to the Ploughshares Fall Longform Issue.

Nonfiction - 6500 words max

Max words: 6500

Submission fee: $

Payment: $

Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained. Significantly longer work (7,500–20,000 words) can be submitted to the Ploughshares Fall Longform Issue. Queries to the Look2 Critical Essay series are welcome.

Poetry

Max pieces: 5

Submission fee: $

Payment: $

Poetry: Submit 1-5 pages at a time with each poem beginning on a new page.

Translation

Submission fee: $

Payment: $

Translations are welcome if permission has been granted.

How to submit

  • Processs

    Other

  • Cover letter

    We encourage you to include a short cover letter with your submission. It should reference: Major publications and awards Any association or past correspondence with a guest or staff editor Past publication in Ploughshares

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Typed, double-spaced (poetry may be single-spaced) pages. Numbered pages.

  • Author's rights

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Additional info

    Payment. $45/printed page, $90 minimum per title, $450 maximum per author. Copies. Two contributor copies of the issue. A one-year subscription.

Tracker statistics

238

Total submissions tracked

61 days

Average response time

0.84%

Average acceptance rate

0 days

Fastest response time

574 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 1317 days, 2114 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics

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12-month average acceptance rate

61 days

12-month average response time

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    Deadline: Jan 15, 2025

About

Ploughshares was started in the Plough and Stars, an Irish pub in Cambridge, MA, named for Sean O’Casey’s influential play “The Plough and the Stars” about the liberation of Ireland. In the early 1970s, the pub hosted a handful of regulars who started their own small revolution. Their central concer...

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Founded

1971

Country

US

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    Ladette Randolph

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