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)

EXTENDED DEADLINE: JAN 31st!


$1,500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up

Judge: Téa Mutonji

Max. word count: 4,000 words
Please submit only one piece per submission. You may submit additional stories using the Additional Entry option for $5.

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!   

PRISM international offers free entries for self-identifying Black and Indigenous writers for all our contests. Black and Indigenous writers are invited to contact promotions@prismmagazine.ca by the deadline for to arrange a contest entry.  We also have a number of free entries to offer to low-income writers, and we encourage writers for whom the contest entry fee is prohibitive to contact us at promotions@prismmagazine.ca to arrange contest entry. As always, we encourage submissions from writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA writers, and writers from other intersectional and marginalized groups.


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  • Entries must be original, previously unpublished in print or online.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. 


Mailing entries: Due to temporary building closures on the University of British Columbia campus, PRISM will not be reading mailed submissions until further notice. If you are unable to submit via Submittable, please contact Promotions Editor Shristi Uprety at promotions@prismmagazine.ca

EXTENDED DEADLINE: JAN 31st!


$1,500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up

Judge: Téa Mutonji

Max. word count: 4,000 words
Please submit only one piece per submission. You may submit additional stories using the Additional Entry option for $5.

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!   

PRISM international offers free entries for self-identifying Black and Indigenous writers for all our contests. Black and Indigenous writers are invited to contact promotions@prismmagazine.ca by the deadline for to arrange a contest entry.  We also have a number of free entries to offer to low-income writers, and we encourage writers for whom the contest entry fee is prohibitive to contact us at promotions@prismmagazine.ca to arrange contest entry. As always, we encourage submissions from writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA writers, and writers from other intersectional and marginalized groups.


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. 



Mailing entries: Due to temporary building closures on the University of British Columbia campus, PRISM will not be reading mailed submissions until further notice. If you are unable to submit via Submittable, please contact Promotions Editor Shristi Uprety at promotions@prismmagazine.ca

EXTENDED DEADLINE: JAN 31st!


$1,500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up

Judge: Téa Mutonji

Max. word count: 4,000 words
Please submit only one piece per submission. You may submit additional stories using the Additional Entry option for $5.

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!   

PRISM international offers free entries for self-identifying Black and Indigenous writers for all our contests. Black and Indigenous writers are invited to contact promotions@prismmagazine.ca by the deadline for to arrange a contest entry.  We also have a number of free entries to offer to low-income writers, and we encourage writers for whom the contest entry fee is prohibitive to contact us at promotions@prismmagazine.ca to arrange contest entry. As always, we encourage submissions from writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA writers, and writers from other intersectional and marginalized groups.


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. 



Mailing entries: Due to temporary building closures on the University of British Columbia campus, PRISM will not be reading mailed submissions until further notice. If you are unable to submit via Submittable, please contact Promotions Editor Shristi Uprety at promotions@prismmagazine.ca

*Please only use the “Additional Entry” category if you have already entered the contest in question and wish to enter again. If you send an Additional Entry without a main entry, your submission will not be read, and your entry fee will not be refunded.


EXTENDED DEADLINE: JAN 31st!

$1,500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up

Judge: Téa Mutonji

Max. word count: 4,000 words
Please submit only one piece per submission. You may submit additional stories using the Additional Entry option for $5.

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!   

PRISM international offers free entries for self-identifying Black and Indigenous writers for all our contests. Black and Indigenous writers are invited to contact promotions@prismmagazine.ca by the deadline for to arrange a contest entry.  We also have a number of free entries to offer to low-income writers, and we encourage writers for whom the contest entry fee is prohibitive to contact us at promotions@prismmagazine.ca to arrange contest entry. As always, we encourage submissions from writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA writers, and writers from other intersectional and marginalized groups.


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. 



Mailing entries: Due to temporary building closures on the University of British Columbia campus, PRISM will not be reading mailed submissions until further notice. If you are unable to submit via Submittable, please contact Promotions Editor Shristi Uprety at promotions@prismmagazine.ca

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 Tanvi Bhatia 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 Black and 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:

Tanvi Bhatia, 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 Emily Chou 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 Black and 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:

Emily Chou, PRISM international 

Creative Writing Program, UBC 

Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall 

Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z1, Canada

PRISM international