The contest is organized by Ploughshares, an American literary journal.
There are three categories:
• Fiction (under 6000 words);
• Nonfiction (under 6000 words);
• Poetry (3-5 pages).
Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.
The 2018 contest judges are Carmen Maria Machado (Fiction), Roxane Gay (Nonfiction), and Roger Reeves (Poetry).
The winning story, essay, and poems will be published in the Winter 2018-19 issue of Ploughshares, and each writer will receive $2,000 and two copies of the issue in which their work appears.
Entry to the contest requires a $24 fee. The fee includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares.
Entry is free for current subscribers to Ploughshares.