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“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

-Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

Myths are the stories we tell about the world, tell about ourselves, tell about each other. Myths are large enough to hold up the sky, yet small enough to be cradled in a child’s hands. Myths are interlocking circles and endless outward spirals, trees with roots reaching the very heart of the earth. Myths were born in caves, carved into the face of mountains—and now lurk in suburban parking lots, darting away when the lights flicker on. Myths speak in languages we don’t remember yet still understand. Warnings. Celebrations. Promises. Lies. They speak of who we were, who we are, and who we might become—in blooming rings of past, present, and future.

But beyond the great floods, heroes raised by wolves, and laughing tricksters is, apparently, a kernel of truth. Do you know? Would you share? Does it matter?

Send us the narratives that survived, the poems that endure. The words that came before all other words. Send us the stories that make and unmake us over and over and over again.

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incoming students prior to their acceptance to the UBC Creative Writing Program, if still under consideration, must be withdrawn.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

  • Please note: 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 get in touch at promotions@prismmagazine.ca.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

-Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

Myths are the stories we tell about the world, tell about ourselves, tell about each other. Myths are large enough to hold up the sky, yet small enough to be cradled in a child’s hands. Myths are interlocking circles and endless outward spirals, trees with roots reaching the very heart of the earth. Myths were born in caves, carved into the face of mountains—and now lurk in suburban parking lots, darting away when the lights flicker on. Myths speak in languages we don’t remember yet still understand. Warnings. Celebrations. Promises. Lies. They speak of who we were, who we are, and who we might become—in blooming rings of past, present, and future.

But beyond the great floods, heroes raised by wolves, and laughing tricksters is, apparently, a kernel of truth. Do you know? Would you share? Does it matter?

Send us the narratives that survived, the poems that endure. The words that came before all other words. Send us the stories that make and unmake us over and over and over again.

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:

  • Please note: 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 get in touch at promotions@prismmagazine.ca.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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