Ploughshares 2021 Emerging Writer’s Contest


Ploughshares 2021 Emerging Writer’s Contest


Competition Submissions open:
1 March 2021 at noon EST

Competition Submissions close:
15 May 2021 at noon EST

Eligibility Criteria 

You are eligible if you:

  1. Someone who is yet to publish a book;  be it ebooks, books in any languages, self published, poetry chapbook and translations.
  2. Who Have no book yet to publish before April 15, 2022.
  3. One who is not affiliated with Emerson College or with Ploughshares In any form. Be it as intern, student, staff or volunteer.
  4. One who Will not have a relationship with Emerson before April 15, 2022.


The competition is open in three different categories:

Fiction (under 6,000 words);
Nonfiction (under 6,000 words);
Poetry (3-5 pages).


  1. The Submitted work must be original and not previously unpublished in any form or platform. And must be in the order of the listed categories. For more information about the past winners of the contest click here.
  2. Submit one entry per year via our online submission manager.
  3. All entry submission done through email or mail will not be considered
  4. No revision after submission of manuscript
  5. international submissions are welcome
  6. Cover letters are not necessary
  7. Remove all identifying information from your submission.


  1. Kiley Reid (Fiction),
  2. Paige Lewis (Poetry) and
  3. Paul Lisicky (Nonfiction).

Entry fee

The Emerging writers content entry is free for all current Subscribers of the Winter 2021-2022 issue while Non Subscribers will pay $24 fee. The fee includes a 1-year subscription to all ploughshares readings beginning from Spring 2021 issues and ending with winter 2021.


The winning story, essay, and poems will be published in the Winter 2020-21 issue of PloughsharesThe winner receives a Publication award, $2,000, review from Aevitas Creative Management, and a one year subscription for one winner in each of the three genres.

The Emerging Writer’s Contest submissions will be done through submission manager. 


For further information visit the official competition website.


Author | Isaacoed Buchi Jamie

Isaacoed Buchi Jamie

Isaacoed Buchi Jamie

Isaacoed Buchi Jamie is a content writer, entrepreneur, and founder of Be first African Initiative, a non-profit organization based in Abuja, Nigeria which focuses on harnessing the strength and potentials of young minds for the purpose of transforming them to be an agent of positive change and impact. He is a Healthcare service professional, and an Experienced Electrocardiograph Technician with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital, health care industry, and non-profit Organisations. He is Skilled in Personal & identity Branding, Personal Development, Organizational Leadership, Fiction & Creative Writing, and Website Development. Also Focused on Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Physiological Procedures.

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