Publisher's description: Ploughshares was founded in 1971 in the Plough and Stars, an Irish pub in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 1989, Ploughshares has been based at Emerson College, which hosts one of the best M.F.A. programs in creative writing in the country. Most issues are guest-edited by a prominent writer who explores personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.
Guest editors of Ploughshares have included Raymond Carver, Tobias Wolff, Sherman Alexie, Alice Hoffman, Lorrie Moore, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Elizabeth Strout. Many of today’s most respected writers had their first or early work published in Ploughshares, and pieces first published in Ploughshares are regularly recognized by Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, and The O. Henry Award.
Ploughshares remains committed to recognizing and publishing emerging writers. The Emerging Writer’s Contest was started in 2011 and awards $3,000 annually to an emerging poet, fiction, and nonfiction writer. In addition to the quarterly journal, Ploughshares publishes digital-only single stories called Ploughshares Solos.