Honors

Ploughshares publishes writers who go on to achieve major accolades and awards within the literature community. Since its founding in 1971, stories, poems, and essays from Ploughshares have appeared over 150 times in the following award series anthologies: The Best American Poetry, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. From these anthologies to Best New Poets and more, below is a comprehensive list of major awards Ploughshares contributors have received. 

Pushcart Prize
Poetry 1977: Eugenio Montale, Xenia / Fall 1975        

Poetry 1977: Carlos Drummond de Andrade, The Elephant / Fall 1975        

Fiction 1978: Meredith Steinbach, Vestiges / Spring 1976    

Fiction 1978: Tim O'Brien, Going After Cacciato / Spring 1976    

Poetry 1979: Maura Stanton, Bathroom Walls / Spring 1977

Poetry 1979: Lorrie Goldensohn, Letter for a Daughter / Fall 1978        

Poetry 1980: Mona Duyn, Letters from a Father / Fall 1978 

Poetry 1981: Jorie Graham, I Was Taught Three / Spring 1979 

Fiction 1981: Gina Berriault, The Infinite Passion of Expectation / Fall 1979        

Poetry 1982: Elizabeth Spires, Blame / Summer 1980

Fiction 1982: Benedict Kiely, Fionn in the Valley / Spring 1980    

Poetry 1983: Michael Harper, Chief / Spring 1981

Poetry 1984: Joe-Anne McLaughlin, Great-Aunt Francesca / Summer/Fall 1982    

Fiction 1984: Janet Desaulniers, Age / Winter 1982   

Fiction 1984: Raymond Carver, A Small, Good Thing / Summer/Fall 1982    

Fiction 1986: Tim O'Brien, Quantum Jumps / Winter 1983 

Fiction 1987: Andre Dubus, Rose / Fall 1985        

Fiction 1987: Gina Berriault, The Island of Ven / Fall 1985        

Poetry 1988: George Starbuck, Oyster Bar on the Road to Mururua / Fall 1986        

Nonfiction 1988: David Reid, The Secret Sharer / Spring 1986    

Fiction 1988: C.E. Poverman, Beautiful / Spring 1986

Nonfiction 1988: Phillip Lopate, Against Joie de Vivre / Spring 1986    

Poetry 1989: Dan Masterson, Heron / Spring 1987    

Poetry 1991: Lynda Hull, Hospice / Spring 1989    

Poetry 1991: John Balaban, For the Missing in Action / Spring 1988    

Fiction 1992: Carol Rog-Spaulding, Waiting for Mr. Kim / Fall 1990        

Fiction 1992: Eileen Pollack, Past, Future, Elsewhere / Spring 1990    

Poetry 1992: Mary Jo Oliver, Little Owl Who Lives in the Orchard / Winter 1989   

Poetry 1993: Ed Ochester, Oh, By the Way / Winter 1990-91         

Poetry 1993: Richard Jackson, Circumstances / Winter 1990-91         

Poetry 1993: T.R. Hummer, Worldly Beauty / Winter 1990-91         

Fiction 1994: Barbara Selfridge, Monday Her Car Wouldn't Start / Spring 1992    

Fiction 1994: Dennis Johnson, Forrest in the Trees / Spring 1992    

Poetry 1994: Lynn Emanuel, The Dig / Winter 1990-1991     

Fiction 1994: Rick Bass, Days of Heaven / Fall 1991        

Poetry 1995: Thomas Rabbitt, Over All / Winter 1993-94                     

Nonfiction 1996: Debra Spark, Last Things / Fall 1994        

Nonfiction 1996: Frederick Busch, Bad / Fall 1994        

Fiction 1996: Eileen Pollack, Milk / Spring 1994    

Fiction 1997: Caroline Langston, The Dissolution of the World / Fall 1995

Poetry 1998: Thomas Sayers Ellis, Atomic Bride / Spring 1996    

Poetry 1998: Rane Arroyo, Breathing Lessons / Spring 1996    

Fiction 1998: Andrea Barrett, The Forest / Winter 1996-1997     

Poetry 1999: Toi Derricotte, Invisible Dreams / Spring 1997    

Fiction 1999: Maxine Swann, Flower Children / Fall 1997        

Poetry 1999: Martin Espada, Thanksgiving / Spring 1997   

Fiction 1999: Patricia Hampl, The Bill Collector's Vacation / Fall 1997        

Fiction 1999: Meg Wolitzer, Tea at the House / Fall 1997        

Poetry 1999: Barbara Tran, from Rosary / Spring 1997    

Fiction 2000: Charles Baxter, Harry Ginsberg / Fall 1998        

Poetry 2001: Lucille Clifton, Jasper, Texas, 1998 / Spring 1999                

Poetry 2001: Jonah Winter, Sestina: Bob / Spring 1999    

Fiction 2001: Joan Silber, Commendable / Fall 1999        

Fiction 2001: Fanny Howe, Gray / Winter 1998-1999     

Poetry 2001: Jonathan David Jackson, The Spell / Winter 1999-2000     

Fiction 2002: Pamela Painter, Grief / Fall 2000        

Fiction 2002: Jess Row, The Secrets of Bats / Fall 2000        

Fiction 2002: Elizabeth Graver, The Mourning Door / Fall 2000        

Poetry 2003: Ellen Bryant Voigt, Autumn in the Yard We Planted / Fall 2001        

Fiction 2003: Julie Orringer, Pilgrims / Spring 2001    

Fiction 2003: Cornelia Nixon, Lunch at the Blacksmith / Fall 2001        

Poetry 2003: Mary Jo Bang, The Beauties of Nature / Spring 2001    

Fiction 2004: Joan Silber, The High Road / Fall 2002        

Fiction 2004: Valerie Laken, Before Long / Winter 2002-2003     

Fiction 2005: Sue Standing, Fast Sunday / Fall 2003        

Fiction 2005: Pamela Painter, Reading in His Wake / Fall 2003        

Fiction 2005: Alice Mattison, I Am Not Your Mother / Fall 2003        

Poetry 2005: David St. John, from The Face / Spring 2003    

Poetry 2006: Daisy Fried, Shooting Kinesha / Spring 2004    

Fiction 2006: Cynthia Weiner, Boyfriends / Spring 2004    

Poetry 2007: R.T. Smith, Dar He / Spring 2005    

Fiction 2007: Laura Kasischke, If a Stranger Approaches You about Carrying a Foreign with You onto the Plane / Fall 2005

Fiction 2007: Karen Bender, Refund / Spring 2005    

Poetry 2008: Edward Hirsch, Soutine: A Show of Still Lifes / Winter 2005-2006     

Fiction 2008: Lauren Groff, Lucky Chow Fun / Fall 2006        

Poetry 2009: Chris Forhan, Love, Or Something / Spring 2007

Fiction 2009: Charles Baxter, Ghosts / Spring 2007    

Fiction 2010: Christie Hodge, Tom & Jerry / Spring 2008                

Fiction 2010: William Lychack, Stolpestad / Spring 2008    

Poetry 2010: Peter Everwine, Rain / Spring 2008    

Poetry 2011: L.S. Asekoff, Hither & Yon / Winter 2009-2010     

Poetry 2011: Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Rome / Spring 2009    

Nonfiction 2011: Martin Moran, Analphabet / Fall 2009        

Fiction 2012: Sandra Leong, We Don't Deserve This / Fall 2011        

Poetry 2012: Joy Katz, December, Fever / Winter 2010-2011     

Poetry 2013: Jane Hirshfield, In a Kitchen Where Mushrooms Were Washed / Fall 2011        

Poetry 2013: Bruce Bennett, The Thing's Impossible / Fall 2011        

Poetry 2014: Claudia Rankine, That Once Were Beautiful Children / Spring 2012    

Nonfiction 2014: Eric Fair, Consequence / Spring 2012    

Nonfiction 2014: Charles Baxter, What Happens In Hell / Fall 2012        

Poetry 2015: Afaa Michael Weaver, Visit #1 / Winter 2012-13         

Fiction 2015: Xuan Juliana Wang, Days of Being Mild / Winter 2012-13         

Fiction 2016: Dan Chaon, What Happened to Us? / Spring 2014    

Fiction 2017: Daniel Peña, Safe Home / Summer 2016

Fiction 2017: Vladislava Kolosowa, Taxidermy / Summer 2016

Nonfiction 2018: Fransisco Cantú, Bajadas / Winter 2015-16   

      

O.Henry Award
1978: John Clayton, Bodies Like Mouths / Spring 1977

1979: Mary Peterson, Travelling / Spring 1978

1982: Ivy Goodman, White Boy / Winter 1979

1983: Raymond Carver, A Small, Good Thing / Summer/Fall 1982

1985: Tobias Wolff, Sister / Winter 1983

1985: Joyce Carol Oates, The Seasons / Winter 1983

1987: Robert Boswell, The Darkness of Love / Fall 1985

1987: Gina Berriault, The Island of Ven / Fall 1985

1988: Ann Beattie, Honey / Winter 1986

1989: Starkey Flythe Jr., CV10 / Winter 1986

1993: Jennifer Egan, Puerto Vallarta / Fall 1991

1994: Helen Fremont, Where She Was / Winter 1992-93

1996: David Wiegand, Buffalo Safety / Fall 1995

1997: Mary Gordon, City Life / Spring 1996

1998: Maxine Swann, Flower Children / Fall 1997

1999: Sheila Schwartz, Afterbirth / Fall 1998

2000: Michael Byers, The Beautiful Days / Fall 1999

2001: Elizabeth Graver, The Mourning Door / Fall 2000

2003: Joan Silber, The High Road / Fall 2002

2009: Paul Yoon, And We Will Be Here / Fall 2007         

2013: Jamie Quatro, Sinkhole / Spring 2012

2018: Viet Dinh, Lucky Dragon / Summer 2016

2018: Tristan Hughes, Up Here / Winter 2016-17

 

Best American Poetry
1990: Susan Mitchell, Havana Birth / Spring 1989             

1991: Patricia Storace, War Movie: Last Leave, 1944 / Winter 1989       

1991: Laurie Sheck, Living Color / Spring 1990             

1991: Robyn Selman, Past Lives / Winter 1989-90         

1991: Josephine Jacobsen, The Woods / Winter 1989-90         

1992: Thom Gunn, The Beautician / Winter 1989-90         

1993: Paul Hoover, Theory / Winter 1991-92         

1994: Killarney Clary, An Unlikely One Will Guide Me... / Winter 1992-93         

1995: Jeffrey McDaniel, Following Her to Sleep / Winter 1992-93         

1996: Rafael Campo, The Battle Hymn of the Republic / Spring 1994    

1996: Reginald Shepherd, Skin Trade / Spring 1995    

1999: Martin Espada, Rednecks / Spring 1995    

1999: David Wagoner, Thoreau and the Crickets / Spring 1998    

2000: David Mamet, A Charade / Winter 1997-98 

2001: Susan Wood, Analysis of the Rose as Sentimental Despair / Spring 1999    

2002: James Richardson, Vectors: 45 Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays / Spring 2000   

2002: Charles Wright, Nostalgia II / Fall 2001     

2002: Sharon Olds, Frontis Nulla Fides / Fall 2001     

2002: Timothy Liu, Felix Culpa / Fall 2001     

2002: Frank Bidart, Injunction / Fall 2001     

2003: Joshua Clover, Aeon Flux: June / Winter 2001-02 

2004: Mary Jo Bang, The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity / Spring 2003   

2005: Beth Ann Fennelly, I Need to Be More French. Or Japanese. / Spring 2004   

2007: Jane Hirshfield, Critique of Pure Reason / Winter 2006-07 

2008: John Rybicki, Three Lanterns / Spring 2007    

2008: Debra Nystrom, Every Night / Spring 2007    

2008: Garrett Hongo, Cane Fire / Spring 2007    

2008: John Casteen, Night Hunting / Winter 2006-07    

2009: Alice Friman, Getting Serious / Winter 2007-08   

2009: Bruce Bond, Ringtone / Spring 2008    

2010: Tim Seibles, Allison Wolff / Spring 2009    

2010: Maurice Manning, A Man with a Rooster in His Dream / Spring 2009    

2010: Brigit Peegan Kelly, Rome / Spring 2009    

2011: Katha Pollitt, Angels / Spring 2010    

2011: Bridget Lowe, The Pilgrim Is Bridled and Bespectacled / Spring 2010 

2012: Larissa Szporluk, Sunflower / Winter 2010-11  

2012: Michael Morse, Void and Compensation / Spring 2011    

2012: Maxine Kumin, Either Or / Fall 2011       

2012: Jane Hirshfield, In a Kitchen Where Mushrooms Were Washed / Fall 2011      

2013: Major Jackson, Why I Write Poetry / Spring 2012    

2014: Mark Doty, Deep Lane / Spring 2013    

2014: Jamaal May, Masticated Light / Spring 2013    

2017: Stanley Plumley, Poliomyelitis / Spring 2016    

2017: Sharon Olds, Ode to the Glans / Spring 2016      

2017: Reginald Gibbons, Canasta / Spring 2016     

2017: Michael Collier, A Wild Tom Turkey / Spring 2016     

2018: Terrance Hayes, American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin / Spring 2018  

 

Best American Short Story
1977: Tim O'Brien, Going After Cacciato / Spring 1976 

1983: Carolyn Chute, Ollie, Oh... / Summer/Fall 1982  

1983: Carol Bly, The Dignity of Life / Summer/Fall 1982   

1986: Tess Gallagher, Bad Company / Fall 1985       

1990: Christopher Tilghman, In a Father's Place / Fall 1989      

1992: Rick Bass, Days of Heaven / Fall 1991       

1994: Jonathan Wilson, From Shanghai / Fall 1993       

1994: Laura Louis, Fur / Fall 1993       

1994: Carolyn Ferrell, Proper Library / Spring 1993   

1995: Stephen Dobyns, So I Guess You Know What I Told Him / Winter 1994-95    

1995: Gish Jen, Birthmates / Winter 1994-95   

1996: William Lewis, Shades / Fall 1995       

1997: Alyson Hagy, Search Bay / Fall 1996       

1998: Meg Wolitzer, Tea at the House / Fall 1997       

1998: Maxine Swann, Flower Children / Fall 1997        

1998: Bliss Broyard, Mr. Sweetly Indecent / Fall 1997       

1999: Aleksandar Hemon, Islands / Spring 1998     

2000: Michael Byers, The Beautiful Days / Fall 1999         

2000: Geoffrey Becker, Black Elvis / Winter 1999-00 

2001: Jess Row, The Secrets of Bats / Fall 2000         

2001: Elizabeth Graver, The Mourning Door / Fall 2000         

2001: Claire Davis, Labors of the Heart / Spring 2000    

2001: Peter Ho Davies, Think of England / Fall 2000         

2002: Alice Mattison, In Case We're Separated / Fall 2001       

2003: Sharon Pmerantz, Ghost Knife / Fall 2002           

2003: ZZ Packer, Every Tongue Shall Confess / Fall 2002  

2004: Jill McCorkle, Intervention / Fall 2003           

2006: Maxine Swann, Secret / Winter 2005-06 

2006: Katherine Bell, The Casual Car Pool / Fall 2005           

2007: Aryn Kyle, Allegiance / Fall 2006           

2007: Mary Gordon, Eleanor's Music / Spring 2006      

2007: Kate Walbert, Do Something / Winter 2006-07 

2008: Allegra Goodman, Closely Held / Spring 2007     

2009: Alex Rose, Ostracon / Fall 2008         

2010: Rebecca Makkai, Painted Ocean, Painted Ship / Winter 2009-10        

2012: Angela Pneuman, Occupational Hazard / Spring 2011     

2012: Jennifer Haigh, Paramour / Winter 2001-12 

2015: David Wong Louie, Displacement / Fall 1988           

2018: Carolyn Ferrell, A History of China  / Solo 5.4           

Notable
2004: Alice Mattison, I Am Not Your Mother / Fall 2003          

2004: Ted Weesner Jr., Tuscaloosa / Winter 2003-4   

2004: Brittani Sonnenberg, Tierney's Gourmet / Winter 2003-4   

2004: Antonya Nelson, Rear View / Fall 2003           

2004: Devika Mehra, The Garden / Spring 2003       

2004: Alexandra Marshall, Child Widow / Fall 2003          

2004: Karl Harshbarger, Train to Chinko / Fall 2003           

2004: Elizabeth Berg, The Party / Fall 2003           

2004: Ann Beattie, The Garden Game / Spring 2003      

2007: Valerie Laken, Spectators / Spring 2006       

2007: Casey John, Rapunzel / Winter 2006-7     

2008: Ehud Havazelet, Law of Return / Winter 2007-8     

2008: William Lychack, Stolpestad / Spring 2008       

2008: Mark Brazaitis, The Incurables / Fall 2008           

2010: Sasha Troyan, Hidden Works / Spring 2009       

2013: Timothy Schaffert, Lady of the Burlesque Ballet / Solos 1.1     

2013: Matthew Neil Null, Telemetry / Winter 2012-13  

2013: Megan Mayhew Bergman, Phoenix / Solos 1.3           

2013: Steve Almond, Gondwana / Spring 2012       

2014: Andrew Foster Altschul,  Embarazada / Winter 2013-14 

2014: Randi Beck, Morning, New Mercies / Winter 2013-14 

2014: Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Tell Me My Name / Fall 2013           

2014: Anna Solomon, Alan at the Kirschbergs' / Spring 2013       

2014: Nancy Welch, Pretty / Fall 2013          

 

Best American Essay
2012: Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough, Object of Affection / Spring 2011                

2013: Charles Baxter, What Happens in Hell / Fall 2012                    

2016: Francisco Cantu, Bajadas / Winter 2015-16           

Notable
2013: Maria Venegas, The Devil's Spine / Spring 2012               

2013: Mark Slouka, The Academy of Sciences / Fall 2012                    

2013: Mary Gordon, The Taste of Almonds / Fall 2012                     

2014: Robert Anthony Siegel, Unreliable Tour Guide / Winter 2013-14         

 

Best American Non-Required Reading
2014: V.V. Ganeshananthan, K Becomes K / Fall 2013                    

2014: Andrew Foster Altschul, Embarazada / Winter 2013-14                     

2016: Rebecca Makkai, The Miracle Years of Little Fork / Summer 2015            

2016: Xuan Juliana Wang, Algorithmic Problem Solving for Father-Daughter Relationships / Summer 2015        

2017: Viet Dinh, Lucky Dragon / Summer 2016            

Notable
2013: Phillip Lopate, Why I Remain a Baseball Fan / Fall 2012                    

2014: Nancy Welch, Pretty / Fall 2013                    

2015: Brian Evenson, Maternity / Fall 2014                    

 

Best Canadian Stories
2012: Shaena Lambert, The War Between the Men and the Women / Spring 2011     

 

Pen Literary Awards
2011: David Stuart Maclean, The Answer to the Riddle is Me / Winter 2009       

2017: Helen Oyeyemi, "Sorry" Doesn’t Sweeten Her Tea / Summer 2015     

 

Best American Mystery
2015: Tomiko Breland, Catastropher / Spring 2015

2015: Tomiko Breland, Rosalee Carrasco / Winter 2014-15