All contest entrants receive a one year subscription to PRISM international (apart from the Grouse Grind Lit Prize for V. Short Forms contest, where a subscription can be added)

Judged by the PRISM Editorial Board, our short forms contest is open to writers around the world. Send us your flash fiction and nonfiction, your hybrid forms and experimental work.  

There are no form limitations for this contest, save for those above that refer to word count. We want it all—as long as it’s short!

$500 Grand Prize, $150 runner-up, $50 2nd runner-up  

Entry fee: $15 for all entries, regardless of place of residence. 

Max word count: 300 words (including title). One piece per entry.

Note: once an entry is received, no revisions will be allowed. Entry fees are non-refundable. Please ensure your entry meets the following guidelines before submitting!

Rules & Regulations (please read carefully) 

  • The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, the title or in the title that the file is saved under. 
  • Entries must be original, previously unpublished in print or online. PRISM will purchase First North American Serial Rights for all work accepted for publication.
  • Entries should be formatted with size 12pt serif font (Times New Roman, Garamond, Georgia) and regular margins. Prose must be double spaced.
  • Not open to students or faculty of the University of British Columbia’s creative writing program (this includes the UBC optional residency MFA program). This also includes incoming students that have accepted a place in UBC’s creative writing program. In order to enter, UBC alumni cannot have taken a UBC creative writing program course during the previous two years.
  • Winners of last year’s contest (grand prize, first runner-up, and second runner-up) must wait a year before entering the contest in the category for which they won, but are welcome to enter either of our other categories. Other writers who made the longlist and/or the shortlist are still eligible to enter any category.
  • Entrants must submit their entry under their real name, although they may publish under a pseudonym if they wish. Contestants who do not submit under their real name may be subject to disqualification. 
  • No images or photos should be included.
  • Only use the “Additional Entry” category if you have already entered the contest in question and wish to enter again.
  • No refunds will be made if an entry has been submitted to the incorrect category. Once an entry is received, no revisions will be allowed, and entry fees become non-refundable.
  • PRISM international may contact you in future to inform you of future writing contests. We do not share information with any third parties. You can unsubscribe at any time.
  • Winning entries will be published in PRISM at the discretion of the prose and poetry editors. 

PRISM international offer free entries for self-identifying Indigenous writers and a limited number of free entries for those prohibited by the entry fee is prohibitive. Submit by emailing promotions@prismmagazine.ca by the deadline to arrange entry. 

As always, we encourage submissions from writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA writers, and writers from other intersectional and marginalized groups.  

PRISM international may contact you in future to inform you of future writing contests. We do not share information with any third parties. You can unsubscribe at any time.

MAILED ENTRIES

If you wish to mail your entry, follow all of the above guidelines and please also: 

  • Enclose a check or money order with $15, and with $5 added for each additional entry. Make this cheque or money order out to PRISM international
  • Include a cover sheet with all of your contact information, the name(s) of your piece(s), the word count (for prose), and which contest you are entering. 
  • Postmark your entry by the contest deadline. 

MAIL CONTEST ENTRIES TO EXECUTIVE EDITOR, PROMOTIONS: 

Kate Black  

PRISM international 

Creative Writing Program, UBC Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall 

Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1 Canada

This form is for additional entries only. You must first enter one submission in main submission category before submitting here. 

Judged by the PRISM Editorial Board, our short forms contest is open to writers from Canada and around the world. Send us your flash fiction and nonfiction, your hybrid forms and experimental work.  
There are no form limitations for this contest, save for those above that refer to word count. We want it all—as long as it’s short!

$500 Grand Prize, $150 runner-up, $50 2nd runner-up  

Max word count: 300 words (including title). One piece per entry.

Note: once an entry is received, no revisions will be allowed. Entry fees are non-refundable. Please ensure your entry meets the following guidelines before submitting!

Rules & Regulations (please read carefully)
 

  • The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, the title or in the title that the file is saved under. 
  • Entries must be original, previously unpublished in print or online. PRISM will purchase First North American Serial Rights for all work accepted for publication.
  • Entries should be formatted with size 12pt serif font (Times New Roman, Garamond, Georgia) and regular margins. Prose must be double spaced.
  • Not open to students or faculty of the University of British Columbia’s creative writing program (this includes the UBC optional residency MFA program). This also includes incoming students that have accepted a place in UBC’s creative writing program. In order to enter, UBC alumni cannot have taken a UBC creative writing program course during the previous two years.
  • Winners of last year’s contest (grand prize, first runner-up, and second runner-up) must wait a year before entering the contest in the category for which they won, but are welcome to enter either of our other categories. Other writers who made the longlist and/or the shortlist are still eligible to enter any category.
  • Entrants must submit their entry under their real name, although they may publish under a pseudonym if they wish. Contestants who do not submit under their real name may be subject to disqualification. 
  • No images or photos should be included.
  • Only use the “Additional Entry” category if you have already entered the contest in question and wish to enter again.
  • No refunds will be made if an entry has been submitted to the incorrect category. Once an entry is received, no revisions will be allowed, and entry fees become non-refundable.
  • PRISM international may contact you in future to inform you of future writing contests. We do not share information with any third parties. You can unsubscribe at any time.
  • Winning entries will be published in PRISM at the discretion of the prose and poetry editors.

PRISM international offer free entries for self-identifying Indigenous writers and a limited number of free entries for those prohibited by the entry fee is prohibitive. Submit by emailing promotions@prismmagazine.ca by the deadline to arrange entry. 

As always, we encourage submissions from writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA writers, and writers from other intersectional and marginalized groups.

PRISM international may contact you in future to inform you of future writing contests. We do not share information with any third parties. You can unsubscribe at any time.


MAILED ENTRIES
If you wish to mail your entry, follow all of the above guidelines and please also:
 

  • Enclose a check or money order with $15, and with $5 added for each additional entry. Make this cheque or money order out to PRISM international
  • Include a cover sheet with all of your contact information, the name(s) of your piece(s), the word count (for prose), and which contest you are entering. 
  • Postmark your entry by the contest deadline. 

 MAIL CONTEST ENTRIES TO EXECUTIVE EDITOR, PROMOTIONS:
Kate Black  
PRISM international
Creative Writing Program, UBC Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1 Canada

PRISM international publishes exciting, original material from established and emerging writers in Canada and around the world. We accept submissions year-round. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive each month, reply times range between 2 to 6 months, depending on the time of year.Please note: PRISM does not accept submissions from current or incoming students or faculty of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing Program (this includes the UBC Optional-Residency MFA Program). Work submitted by incoming students prior to their acceptance to the UBC Creative Writing Program, if still under consideration, must be withdrawn. In order to submit, UBC alumni cannot have taken a UBC Creative Writing Program course during the previous two years.PRISM does not publish the same writer twice in a publication year.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • For contest entries, please refer to our contest page.
  • Submit only one piece at a time, unless you are submitting flash fiction or non-fiction (under 1000 words), in which case you may submit up to three pieces in a single document. 
  • Our recommended length for submissions is approximately 4000 words or less. We have a limited page count per issue and aim to offer a platform for as many talented writers as possible. While we accept prose submissions of up to 25 pages (6,250 words), we must emphasize that it is only exceptional pieces of this length that will receive publication. 
  • Send original, unpublished literary essays, personal essays, hybrid-genre works, and literary journalism. Please note that we do not publish rhetorical, academic, or strictly journalistic non-fiction. 
  • Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. Please specify the genre of your submission in your cover letter.
  • Include in your cover letter your full contact information (including email address) and a short bio.
  • All submissions should be set in Times New Roman, 12-point font.
  • We strongly prefer online submissions, which must be submitted through Submittable, as we do not accept email submissions. We charge a $3.00 reading fee per submission. Writers for whom the $3.00 fee is prohibitive are welcome to contact Emma Cleary directly about alternative methods of submission.
  • If you mail your submission, please include your email address. We will reply to mailed submissions via email. Please only include a SASE (with Canadian stamps) if you cannot be reached via email. Note that we do not return manuscripts. Please ensure that you retain a copy of your submission for your files.
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished, in print and online.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. If your piece is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately.
  • We purchase first North American serial rights, and pay $30/printed page for prose and $40/printed page for poetry. Contributors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.
  • We encourage submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+ writers, and writers from other intersectional and marginalized groups, including low-income earners. If you identify as one or more of the above and would like to let us know, please mention it in your cover letter.

IF YOU PREFER REGULAR MAIL, MAIL FICTION, NON-FICTION, PROSE TRANSLATION AND DRAMA TO:

Emma Cleary, PRISM international 

Creative Writing Program, UBC 

Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall 

Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z, Canada

PRISM international publishes exciting, original material from established and emerging writers in Canada and around the world. We accept submissions year-round. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive each month, reply times range between 2 to 6 months, depending on the time of year.Please note: PRISM does not accept submissions from current and incoming students and faculty of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing Program (this includes the UBC Optional-Residency MFA Program). Work submitted by incoming students prior to their acceptance to the UBC Creative Writing Program, if still under consideration, must be withdrawn. In order to submit, UBC alumni cannot have taken a UBC Creative Writing Program course during the previous two years.PRISM does not publish the same writer twice in a publication year.
  SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: 

  • For contest entries, please refer to our contest page.
  • Submit up to four poems, to a maximum of six pages. Do NOT submit six one-page poems.
  • We welcome cross-genre and interdisciplinary poetry and poetics.
  • In your cover letter, please specify the number of poems you are submitting and list the titles of the poems.
  • Poetry submissions should be typed and single-spaced. If you would like to submit poems with alternate spacing, please mention it in your cover letter and submit a PDF instead of a Word document.
  • Include in your cover letter your full contact information (including email address) and a short bio.
  • All submissions should be set in Times New Roman, 12-point font.
  • We strongly prefer online submissions, which must be submitted through Submittable, as we do not accept email submissions. We charge a $3.00 reading fee per submission. Writers for whom the $3.00 reading fee is prohibitive are welcome to contact Molly Cross-Blanchard directly about alternative methods of submission.
  • If you mail your submission, please include your email address. We will reply to mailed submissions via email. Please only include a SASE (with Canadian stamps) if you cannot be reached via email. Note that we do not return manuscripts. Please ensure that you retain a copy of your submission for your files.
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished, in print and online.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. If your piece is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately.
  • We purchase first North American serial rights, and pay $30/printed page for prose and $40/printed page for poetry. Contributors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.
  • The editorial board awards one $500 prize to an outstanding poetry contributor each year.
  • We encourage submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+ writers, and writers from other intersectional and marginalized groups, including low-income earners. If you identify as one or more of the above and would like to let us know, please mention it in your cover letter.

IF YOU PREFER TO SUBMIT VIA REGULAR MAIL, PLEASE REFER TO OUR WEBSITE FOR GUIDELINES. MAIL POETRY SUBMISSIONS TO:

Molly Cross-Blanchard, PRISM international 

Creative Writing Program, UBC 

Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall 

Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z1, Canada

PRISM international