Home > Contests > PRISM’s 2016 Non-Fiction Contest is NOW OPEN!
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With another year of contests in the books we’re extremely excited to be opening our annual Creative Non-Fiction Contest for submissions once again! Note that this year’s contest will close a little earlier than in previous years—July 15th, 2016 to be exact. So dust off those writing desks and send us your best CNF this summer for a shot at the big prize!

What Can You Win?

Grand Prize: $1,500

First Runner-Up: $600

Second Runner-Up: $400

*All entries are considered for publication.

Who Can Submit?

Just about everyone. Only current UBC faculty and staff are not permitted to submit to PRISM international. Alumni are permitted to submit only if they have not taken a class in the UBC Creative Writing Department in the last two years. Last year’s Non-Fiction Contest winners can’t submit again, but shortlisted and longlisted entrants are free to do so. See our contest page for entry fee details.

Meet Our Judge: Rachel Rose

Photo credit: Ayelet Tsabari

Photo credit: Ayelet Tsabari

Rachel Rose has won poetry, fiction, and non-fiction awards, including a 2016 Pushcart Prize. Recently a fellow at The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, she is the Poet Laureate of Vancouver. A chapbook, Thirteen Ways of Looking at CanLit, (BookThug) and a poetry collection, Marry & Burn(Harbour) were published in 2015. Her non-fiction book, Gone to the Dogs: Riding Shotgun with K9 Cops, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books.



We’re thrilled to have Rachel Rose on board for this year’s contest, and I can tell you she’s equally as thrilled to read your work. See our contest page for complete details and submit your work to the 2016 PRISM international Non-Fiction Contest by July 15th!