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Ploughshares - Literary Magazine


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Literary Quote

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” — J.D. Salinger


Short Poem

Put Heartbreak To Rest by Harpreet M. Dayal

Put heartbreak to rest.

Untangle your soul

from its tight grip.

Say goodbye to the

parts holding on.

Move forward in peace

and discover the new,

evolved you


Ploughshares - Literary Magazine


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About Them - (according to them)

Ploughshares has published quality literature since 1971. Our award-winning literary journal is published four times a year; our lively literary blog publishes new writing daily. Since 1989, we have been based at Emerson College in downtown Boston.

Ploughshares publishes issues four times a year. Two of these issues are guest-edited by different, prominent authors. The other two issues are edited by our staff editors, one a mix of poetry and prose and the other long-form prose.

I like that they let different prominent authors guest edit two issues a year. That is a unique way to run a publication. Most are running around trying to get whatever pieces they can together before the deadline, so even trying such an act shows that the regular staff most know what they are doing. Now, there are two sides to that experimental coin. It's great that they allow a big name in literature to say what the issue should be like. The author's popularity helps the publication, and the writers, I am sure, have some insight into the process. However, the guest editor method also hurts the consistency of the magazine, in my opinion. Half of the magazine is edited by guest editors. You can never get one after another of the staff writing pieces you are familiar with because of the guest editor buts in half the time.

It's like a band can't get a consistent sound if they keep changing producers. Take that as you want. I compliment the magazine for even trying this. I like when my magazine has consistent writers, and the guest editors are either on the staff or out. I don't care much for mercenaries since they always have their own agenda that may not conform to the larger goal of the art. But what do I know? I am giving you a profile of this great journal on this unknown blog that doesn't have guest editors, and I am fairly certain they are not mentioning us on their blog.




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