Deborah Willis is one of the most exciting and original talents to emerge in the last ten years. Her first short story collection Vanishing and Other Stories (2009) was nominated for the Governor General’s Award and earned several rave reviews. Her most recent collection The Dark and Other Love Stories (2017) was longlisted for the Giller Prize. Her fiction has appeared in Event, PRISM international, The Walrus, The Virginia Quarterly, The Iowa Review and Lucky Peach. Deborah is currently working on a novel and is the writer-in-residence at MacEwan University. Prism international was excited to have the opportunity to discuss with Deborah her most recent collection of unforgettable short stories. Be sure to see Deborah Willis at the Vancouver Writers Fest for How This Story Began and The Sunday Brunch. Check it out at http://writersfest.bc.ca/.
The Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction is officially open, and we’re thrilled to announce Thalia Field as this year’s judge!
We get it. Sometimes, you just need some more time. So don’t stress if you think you’ve missed the deadline for the Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. The new double extended deadline is now October 31st! We’re excited to give you a little more time to send us your best poems for our amazing judge, Aisha Sasha John.
We have another Liminal teaser for you! Our prose editor, Kyla Jamieson, shares an excerpt of Kia Miakka Natisse’s moving nonfiction piece, “I Have a Brother Named Jamaal,” which is about growing up alongside her autistic brother. Read the full story in the forthcoming Fall issue (56.1), available for purchase at the start of November 2017. If you don’t yet have a subscription to PRISM, you can purchase one today at our web store!
“Deep-sea Radio” by Ned Baeck is forthcoming in the “Liminal” issue of PRISM, out this fall. Read our sneak-peak preview of this poem here, and get to know him in a mini interview with our poetry editor, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, below.
We received so many amazing pieces of writing for this year’s contest. We’re excited and honoured to announce the winners of this year’s Creative Nonfiction Contest, as selected by Alicia Elliott! You can read all three pieces in our Winter issue 56.2, so be sure to pick up a copy!
We’re extending our contest deadline for The Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize, judged by Aisha Sasha John, until October 15th! You could win the $1500 Grand Prize, $600 Runner-up prize, or $400 Second Runner-up prize!
The following stories have been shortlisted for the 2017 Creative Nonfiction Contest! Check back soon for the winners announcement, chosen by this year’s contest judge, Alicia Elliott. 2017 Creative Nonfiction Shortlist “List of the Affected” by Emily Kellogg – Toronto, ON “It...
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer, artist and member of Alderville First Nation. Her writing extends from scholarly work grounded in twenty years of Indigenous land-based education, and extends to genre-bending creative forms of poetry, song, and short stories. Her debut collection of stories and songs, Islands of Decolonial Love, was chosen by Thomas King for the 2013 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. This Accident of Being Lost was released by House of Anansi Press in April 2017 and has just been shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. It is a spell-binding collection that shifts between lyric poetry and short stories using a fragmented, weaving narrative. From PRISM’s Executive Editor, Jessica Johns, are six reasons why reading This Accident of Being Lost will have you openly weeping in coffee shops and ignoring cute dogs at the farmers market.