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)

Submit up to five black and white illustrations. Illustrations will share a page with a poem or piece of prose. 

PRISM international publishes exciting, original material from established and emerging writers and artists 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‚Äôs 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incoming students prior to their acceptance to the UBC Creative Writing Program, if still under consideration, must be withdrawn.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. 


  • For contest entries, please refer to our contest page.
  • Please name submission files as such: FirstName_LastName (followed by the file format for example: .pdf/docx/etc.)
  • Illustrations cannot have been published previously. 
  • Include in your cover letter your full contact information (including your email address) and a short bio.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. If your piece is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately.
  • We purchase first North American serial rights, and pay $40/printed page. 
  • 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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