Something evil lurks in the streets of Avalon. From the spread of an illicit drug called Ice to the black market slave trade. The year is twenty-three thirty, nearly two decades after WWIV and the world, as we know it, is a very different place. Under the rule of one government and a questionable military, no one is safe. Laws are convenient for those who legally prey on the weak. Forced into slavery, one man seeks freedom. Obligated to his profession, the other seeks justice. Exploitation, human trafficking and drugs—brought together by corruption and fate, a bounty hunter meets a slave and their lives are forever changed.
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The Winter 2017-18 issue of Ploughshares. Ploughshares is an award-winning journal of new writing. Two out of each year's three issues are guest-edited by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles; the Winter issue is staff-edited.
This staff-edited issue of Ploughshares features new work by Alice Hoffman, Paige Lewis, Carl Dennis, Amy Gerstler, and Charlie Clark. The poems, short stories, and essays in this collection question how we react to change and to our surroundings. The winners of our 2017 Emerging Writer’s Contest appear here, along with the announcement of our 2017 John C. Zacharis First Book Award winner.