All contest entrants receive a one year subscription to PRISM international.
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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incoming students prior to their acceptance to the UBC Creative Writing Program, if still under consideration, must be withdrawn.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.
  • Send original, unpublished material in poetry, including translation (into English). We do not consider work that has appeared on the internet unless it has only been posted to writers’ forums for discussion.
  • Include a brief cover letter with a short bio and publications list. Specify the genre of your submission in the cover letter. Please include the number of poems.
  • If you have submitted your work to another magazine for consideration, please let us know in the cover letter.
  • We will reply to online submissions via email.
  • Along with your submission, please provide complete contact information.
  • Manuscripts must be typed and single-spaced on letter-sized paper. Include all poems in one document. We strongly prefer a PDF for online submissions of poetry, but will also accept a Word document.
  • Send only one submission at a time — maximum four poems per submission.
  • Please send only one submission per three-month period.
  • We do not accept email submissions.
  • Translations are sought in all genres and must be undertaken with the permission of the original author. Wherever possible, include a copy of the original work. We are an English-language publication, and, as such, accept translations of work into English.
  • We purchase first North American serial rights, and pay $40/printed page for poetry. Contributors will receive copies of the issue in which their work appears. The editorial board awards the annual $500 Earle Birney Prize to an outstanding poetry contributor each year.

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

MAIL POETRY SUBMISSIONS TO:
Shaun Robinson
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.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • For contest entries, please refer to our contest page.
  • Send original, unpublished material in short fiction, translation (into English), literary non-fiction, and drama. We do not consider work that has appeared on the internet unless it has only been posted to writers’ forums for discussion.
  • Include a brief cover letter with a short bio and publications list. Please specify the genre of your submission in the cover letter.
  • If you have submitted your work to another magazine for consideration, please let us know in the cover letter.
  • We will reply to online submissions via email.
  • Along with your submission, please provide complete contact information.
  • Manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced (in the case of prose) on letter-sized paper. We prefer PDFs for online submissions, but will also accept Word documents.
  • Send only one genre at a time — one story per submission, unless you are submitting flash fiction or non-fiction (under 1000 words), in which case you can submit up to three pieces in a single document. Maximum submission length is 25 pages (6,250 words), though shorter work is often easier to place.  
  • Please send only one submission per three-month period.
  • We do not accept email submissions.
  • Non-fiction pieces should be creative, exploratory, or experimental in tone. Accompanying photographs will be considered for publication. We do not publish rhetorical, academic, or journalistic non-fiction.
  • We do not publish genre writing such as romance, horror, or science fiction. Please read back issues of PRISM as a guideline.
  • Translations are sought in all genres and must be undertaken with the permission of the original author or be considered works in the public domain. Wherever possible, include a copy of the original work. We are an English-language publication, and, as such, accept translations of work into English.
  • We purchase first North American serial rights, and pay $30/printed page for prose. Contributors will also receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

IF YOU PREFER REGULAR MAIL, MAIL FICTION, NON-FICTION, PROSE TRANSLATION AND DRAMA TO:
Christopher Evans
PRISM international
Creative Writing Program, UBC
Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Canada

 

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, and not under consideration elsewhere. 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 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, and not under consideration elsewhere. 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 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, and not under consideration elsewhere. 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 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, and not under consideration elsewhere. 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 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.