Emerging Writers / Deadline: May 15

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book.

Award includes publication, $2,000, review from Aevitas Creative Management, and a 1-year subscription for one winner in each of the three genres. The 2022 contest judges are Amelia Gray (Fiction), Chen Chen (Poetry), and Danielle Geller (Nonfiction). 


The winning story, essay, and poems from the 2022 contest will be published in the Winter 2022-23 issue of Ploughshares. 


You are eligible if you:

  • Have yet to publish a book (including eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, self-published works, and poetry chapbooks with a print run of more than 300).
  • Have no book forthcoming before April 15, 2023.
  • Are not affiliated with Emerson College or with Ploughshares as a contributing author, volunteer screener, intern, student, staff member, or faculty member.
  • Will not have a relationship with Emerson College before April 15, 2023 (example: if there is a chance you will attend the Emerson MFA program in the coming year or if your work has been accepted for publication for an upcoming issue).


The contest opens March 1, 2022 at noon EST and closes on May 15, 2022 at noon EST. Winners will be announced in mid-September of 2022. 

Click here for more information and to apply.

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