POETRY -- MAY 2019



INFO: The Emerging Writer’s Contest is now open! Submit your fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.The Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We consider you “emerging” if you haven’t published a book. Current subscribers submit for free; other subscribers receive a one-year subscription to Ploughshares with their submission.

This year’s judges are Ottessa Moshfegh in fiction, Leslie Jamison in nonfiction, and Fatimah Asghar in poetry. One winner in each genre will receive $2,000, publication in Ploughshares, and a conversation with literary agency Aevitas Creative Management. 

Over the years, Ploughshares has helped launch the careers of great writers like Edward P. Jones, Rebecca Makkai, R.O. Kwon, Tim O’Brien, and others. We were thrilled to publish last year’s winners in our Winter 2018-19 issue:

DEADLINE: May 15, 2019 





INFO: ENOUGH is a Rumpus series devoted to creating a dedicated space for work by women and non-binary people that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence. We believe that while this subject matter is especially timely now, it also timeless. We want to make sure that this conversation doesn’t stop—not until our laws and societal norms reflect real change.

ENOUGH is open to women and non-binary people. Women of color and non-binary people of color are especially welcome to submit.  

We will consider personal essays, critical essays, poetry, comics, and hybrid work. We are especially interested in work that considers who has access to healthcare and to therapy, who has been taught to speak up and who has been taught to be silent, and the ways in which these inequalities make vulnerable populations even more vulnerable. While we support the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, ENOUGH is its own series and we ask that you avoid using these hashtags in your titles and essays unless you are writing a piece that centers around or investigates the campaigns themselves. 

Essays should be between 1000–2500 words. You can share three poems or five pages of poetry in a submission. We can only consider work that has not been previously published (this includes personal blogs and social media). All work should have a title.

If you haven't received a response within three months, you may query marisa@therumpus.net to check on the status of your submission. 

DEADLINE: May 31, 2019