Creative Writing Contests California

ecgphotoPloughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. After receiving thousands of submissions from talented writers, Ploughshares is proud to announce the three winners of the 2014 Emerging Writer’s Contest, chosen by our editors: John Skoyles for poetry, Margot Livesey for fiction, and Ladette Randolph for nonfiction. The winners will each receive $1, 000 and be published in the Winter 2014-2015 issue of Ploughshares, edited by the Ploughshares staff editors.

In poetry our winner is Rosalie Moffett for her poems “Why Is It The More?”, “To Leave Through a Wall”, and “Hurricane 1989″. Rosalie Moffett is from Eastern Washington. She received her MFA in poetry from Purdue University and is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in the department of Creative Writing at Stanford University.131105-090730-3 The winner of a 2012 “Discovery”/Boston Review poetry prize, her work has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, FIELD, Cincinnati Review, AGNI, Pleiades, and other magazines, as well as the anthology “Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets.” She lives in Oakland, California.

In nonfiction our winner is Eliese Colette Goldbach for “In the Memory of the Living.” Eliese Colette Goldbach completed her graduate studies at the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program where she received an honorable mention in the AWP Intro Journals Contest (2010). She has presented her writing at the &Now Conference in San Diego (2011) and attended various residency programs across the country. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Western Humanities Review, Southern California Review and Slipstream Magazine, among others. She currently resides in Akron, Ohio, where she is working on a collection of essays.

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