All contest entrants receive a one year subscription to PRISM international.

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incoming students prior to their acceptance to the UBC Creative Writing Program, if still under consideration, must be withdrawn.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.

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. While we accept prose submissions of up to 25 pages (6,250 words), it is generally easier to place shorter work.
  • Send original, unpublished literary essays, personal essays, hybrid-genre works, and literary journalism. Please note that we do not publish rhetorical, academic, or strictly journalistic non-fiction.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.
  • 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  • Submissions must be previously unpublished, in print and online.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, LGBTQQIA 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:

Kyla Jamieson
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 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.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
  • For contest entries, please refer to our contest page.
  • Submit one to four 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.
  • If you would like feedback on your poems, please make a request in your cover letter. The poetry editor will endeavour to respond but cannot guarantee that each submission will receive comments and feedback.
  • 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.
  • 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, LGBTQQIA 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:
Shazia Hafiz Ramji
PRISM international
Creative Writing Program, UBC
Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Canada

Rules & Regulations (please read carefully)

Please submit to the category (CAN, US, INTL) that describes your current residence—in other words, where you will receive your one-year subscription.

The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, the title or in the title that the file is saved under. Please do not include any personal information (name, address etc.) in the cover letter field.

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 etc.) and regular margins. Prose must be double spaced.

Max word count: 6,000

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 long list and/or the short list 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 is offering free entries for self-identifying Indigenous writers. Indigenous writers are invited to submit by emailing assistant@prismmagazine.ca by the deadline.

We ask that writers include: the title of their piece, the email associated with their free Submittable account (if they have or are able to create one), and their mailing address in the body of their email, with their submission (formatted according to our submission guidelines) as an attachment.

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 assistant@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.

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.

Rules & Regulations (please read carefully)

Please submit to the category (CAN, US, INTL) that describes your current residence—in other words, where you will receive your one-year subscription.

The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, the title or in the title that the file is saved under. Please do not include any personal information (name, address etc.) in the cover letter field.

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 etc.) and regular margins. Prose must be double spaced.

Max word count: 6,000

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 long list and/or the short list 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 is offering free entries for self-identifying Indigenous writers. Indigenous writers are invited to submit by emailing assistant@prismmagazine.ca by the deadline.

We ask that writers include: the title of their piece, the email associated with their free Submittable account (if they have or are able to create one), and their mailing address in the body of their email, with their submission (formatted according to our submission guidelines) as an attachment.

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 assistant@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.

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.

Rules & Regulations (please read carefully)

Please submit to the category (CAN, US, INTL) that describes your current residence—in other words, where you will receive your one-year subscription.

The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, the title or in the title that the file is saved under. Please do not include any personal information (name, address etc.) in the cover letter field.

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 etc.) and regular margins. Prose must be double spaced.

Max word count: 6,000

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 long list and/or the short list 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 is offering free entries for self-identifying Indigenous writers. Indigenous writers are invited to submit by emailing assistant@prismmagazine.ca by the deadline.

We ask that writers include: the title of their piece, the email associated with their free Submittable account (if they have or are able to create one), and their mailing address in the body of their email, with their submission (formatted according to our submission guidelines) as an attachment.

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 assistant@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.

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.

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. Please do not include any personal information (name, address etc.) in the cover letter field.

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 etc.) and regular margins. Prose must be double spaced.

Max word count: 6,000

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 long list and/or the short list 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 is offering free entries for self-identifying Indigenous writers. Indigenous writers are invited to submit by emailing assistant@prismmagazine.ca by the deadline.

We ask that writers include: the title of their piece, the email associated with their free Submittable account (if they have or are able to create one), and their mailing address in the body of their email, with their submission (formatted according to our submission guidelines) as an attachment.

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 assistant@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.

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.