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What have you been haunted by? What echoes are in your midst? Spirits aren’t just apparitions that linger in empty hallways and portraits. They are the songs from your childhood you still know all the words to, the figures from your dreams that speak in gibberish, and moments of déjà vu that feel like coming home. They are fantasies, prophetic visions, fragments of the self, and the mirrors of voices in your heart. Memories of the past that linger on in reverberations and reincarnations.

Whether it’s kodama in Princess Mononoke or Spike’s quest for a soul in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, send us the works that feel like the moment between dreaming and waking.

We are accepting prose (approximately 4,000 words or less), and poetry (up to four poems, to a maximum of six pages). Please submit via Submittable. We pay $30 per printed page of prose and $40 per printed page of poetry.

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incoming students prior to their acceptance to the UBC Creative Writing Program, if still under consideration, must be withdrawn.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 Vivian Li (prose@prismmagazine.ca) 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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What have you been haunted by? What echoes are in your midst? Spirits aren’t just apparitions that linger in empty hallways and portraits. They are the songs from your childhood you still know all the words to, the figures from your dreams that speak in gibberish, and moments of déjà vu that feel like coming home. They are fantasies, prophetic visions, fragments of the self, and the mirrors of voices in your heart. Memories of the past that linger on in reverberations and reincarnations.

Whether it’s kodama in Princess Mononoke or Spike’s quest for a soul in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, send us the works that feel like the moment between dreaming and waking.

We are accepting prose (approximately 4,000 words or less), and poetry (up to four poems, to a maximum of six pages). Please submit via Submittable. We pay $30 per printed page of prose and $40 per printed page of poetry.

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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