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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

From the Ploughshares desk - NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

Open for Submissions
As of June 1, we are open for submissions again! We will be reading paper and online submissions in all genres until January 15. Here are our writer's guidelines, which have a few new wrinkles, most significantly Pshares Singles (see below)

Pshares Singles
A new opportunity for prose writers working in longer forms. In the print issue, it's often hard to find space for longer stories and novellas. With electronic media, though, we now have an opportunity to consider new kinds of work.

Pshares Singles will be a venue for longer works of prose—stories of 9,000 to 12,000 words, and novellas of 30,000 to 60,000 words—chosen by our editors. Singles will be available on KindleNook, and from our own website: $1.99 for stories and $3.99 for novellas. (Authors still get paid and retain rights to their work.) The first Single will appear in July—"The Lady of the Burlesque Ballet," Timothy Schaffert's surreal fairy tale about obesity, murder, and the theater.

Note: If submitting online, make sure you identify the genre as Pshares Singles (it is at the bottom of the drop-down menu). If by mail, please mention it in the cover letter. We look forward to reading your work!

Best of the Blog
·  Jamie Quatro on why she isn't on Twitter (yet); what her third-grader taught her about writing; and a response to a long comment she received about her Twitter post
·  Michael Klein on words that keep showing up in his work and humor in poetry
·  Patricia Caspers continues her Hearing Voices series with a post on daughterswriting about grief, and Hedgebrooka free writer's retreat for women
·  Sean Bishop rates some poetry publishers on cover design and discusses the old chestnut about showing and telling
·  Victoria Chang explores more small poetry presses with posts on Canarium Books and Black Ocean

All-essay issue in the Fall
Patricia Hampl's Fall nonfiction issue is almost complete, and features work by Charles Baxter, Mary Gordon, Lynn Freed, and our first-ever graphic essay by the artist LK Hanson. Our only previous all-nonfiction issue, guest-edited by Kathryn Harrison in 2009, is now available as an e-book, along with the issue edited by the poet Jean Valentine.

Ploughshares was founded in 1971 at the Plough and Stars in Cambridge, MA. We are a journal of new writing, and each issue is guest-edited by a prominent writer who explores different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles. Since 1989, we have been based at Emerson College in downtown Boston.
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