This year we received over two-hundred and fifty short stories and over three-hundred and fifty poems! Needless to say, the decisions were difficult and the quality of the work was phenomenal. But after weeks and weeks of deliberation, the editorial board and the editors decided on the final shortlists. The poetry shortlist went to Brad Cran — the poet laureate of Vancouver. And the fiction shortlist went to John K. Samson — musician, fiction enthusiast and publisher.
The winners of 2011 PRISM international poetry and fiction contest are —
Poetry Grand Prize Winner — $1,000
“My Father in his garden, depicted in the woodblock print of the Taishō dynasty” by Pamela Porter
Poetry First Runner-up — $300
“Reincarnation Study 1982” by Sheryda Warrener
Poetry Second Runner-up — $200
“Pop Quiz” by Scott Ramsay
Fiction Grand Prize Winner — $2,000
“Bridges” by Erin Frances Fisher
Fiction First Runner-up — $200
“Squatters” by Robert James Hicks
Fiction Second Runner-up — $200
“The Ghost” by Mark Jacquemain
Congratulations to all of the winners! Thank you to everyone who entered! And thanks to our judges Brad Cran and John K. Samson! The winning entries and runners-up will be published in the Summer 2011 issue of PRISM (49.4).