Alice Hoffman Prize

Inaugurated in 2011, the annual Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction honors the best short story published in Ploughshares that year. The Prize is sponsored by member of the Ploughshares advisory board and longtime patron Alice Hoffman. The winner is selected by our editors and receives a cash prize of $1,000. This award is not open for the submission of manuscripts.


2017: Victor LaValle, "Spectral Evidence" / Summer 2017

2016:  Viet Dinh, “Lucky Dragon” / Summer 2016

2015:  Ramona Ausubel, "Fresh Water from the Sea" / Summer 2015

2014:  Nick Arvin, "The Crying Man" / Fall 2014

2013:  Elise Juska, “Transfer Station” / Spring 2013

2012: Karl Taro Greenfeld, “Strawberries” / Winter 2012-2013

2011: Angela Pneuman, “Occupational Hazard” / Spring 2011