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The Agora

The Agora name comes from the ancient Greek agora, the marketplace where citizens gathered to share ideas.

PLATO's The Agora is created by and published for members, and made available to the wider Dane County community through libraries, senior centers, retirement centers, and our website. The first volume of The Agora was published in 2011 and the next (Vol. 8) will be available in 2023.

Thank you to all the PLATO writers and visual artists who offered their work for consideration!

Submit your work now for publication in The Agora, Volume 8!

PLATO members are invited to submit original works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction (including essays), and/or visual art (painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography) for PLATO’s The Agora, Volume 8 scheduled for publication in Autumn of 2023. Submissions will be reviewed by jury panels appointed by the Editorial Board of The Agora, and decisions will be announced in April/May of 2023.

  • All submissions must be received by 4:30 pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.
  • Any current PLATO member may submit material for consideration.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished work, and not infringe on any copyright.
  • PLATO members are encouraged to submit up to three pieces in one or more categories (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art) however, we will only publish up to three pieces by one PLATO member.
  • All submissions will be acknowledged via email.
  • The Agora Editorial Board is not responsible for materials that may be lost in the submission process. Therefore, submitters are advised to retain copies of all work submitted.

To submit your work, please click this link to complete the online form and then email your submission to PLATO's Office Coordinator, Stephanie Steigerwaldt, at For your convenience, download and print this printer-friendly document which outlines this year's submission process and guidelines.

The Agora, Volume 7   

is available Online.   

The Agora, Vol. 7 (print copy) was mailed to all member households in November 2021,
with some members choosing to opt-out.

If you are interested in purchasing additional printed copies of The Agora, Vol. 7, please send $15 to:

 PLATO, 6209 Mineral Point Road, #203 Madison, WI 53705.

Additional copies of Volumes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 are also available.

Questions? Please contact Managing Editor

Edie Urness-Pondillo,

PLATO is proudly supported in part by Oakwood Village.

PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in association with:

for more information, contact us at:


6209 Mineral Point Road #203
Madison, WI 53705

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