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 your name or address in the cover letter field, simply refer to yourself as "the author," indicate the title(s) of your submission, and state previous publications (though this is not required).
Entries must be original, previously unpublished in print or online.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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