Pleiades (journal)

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Discipline Literary journal
Language English
Edited by Wayne Miller and Phong Nguyen
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Biannual
ISSN 1063-3391
OCLC no. 264797427

Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing is an award-winning biannual literary journal that publishes contemporary poetry, fiction, essays, and book reviews. It was founded by undergraduate students at the University of Central Missouri in 1981.[1] The non-profit journal is published by the University of Central Missouri's Department of English and Philosophy. Pleiades publishes work from both established and emerging authors, and dedicates half of each issue to detailed book reviews of recent small-press poetry and fiction.[2] Pleiades is funded by the University of Central Missouri and grants from the Missouri Arts Council. Its headquarters is in Warrensburg, Missouri.[3]

The affiliated Pleiades Press publishes a book of poetry a year, as determined through the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, co-directed by Susan Ludvigson and Wayne Miller. Recent titles have included Julianna Baggott's Compulsions of Silkworms & Bees, and Kathleen Jesme's Motherhouse.


In addition to fifteen Pushcart Prizes works from Pleiades have been selected for The Best American Poetry anthology annually since 2001.

Notable contributors[edit]

Past contributors to Pleiades include winners of the Nobel, Ruth Lilly, Pulitzer, Bollingen, Prix de la Liberté, and Neustadt Prizes, as well as recipients of Guggenheim, Whiting, National Book Critics Circle and National Book Awards.[2] Among these notable contributors are Joyce Carol Oates, Campbell McGrath, David St. John, Maxine Kumin, Sherman Alexie, Chris Offutt, and Jean Valentine.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us". Pleiades. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing Online. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  3. ^ "Literary Journals". Missouri Center for the Book. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 

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