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PRISM has a total of three contests: the Creative Non-Fiction, Short Fiction, and Poetry contests, open to all. In addition, the Earle Birney Prize for Poetry is presented to one outstanding poet published in the magazine.
All contests: Each entry includes a one-year subscription or subscription extension for PRISM international, beginning with the contest issue (Spring 2014 for Non-Fiction and Summer 2014 for Fiction/Poetry).
All 1st prize winners will be published in PRISM, and runners-up will be published at the discretion of the editors. All other entries will be considered for publication as regular submissions (for the possibility of publication in other issues of PRISM).
Please see below for details on each contest. Before you submit your entry, make sure you read the contest rules (found on the paper entry form and on the online submission system).
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
For a list of recent contest winners, please see our previous contest winners page.
Creative Non-Fiction Contest
November 28, 2013 EXTENDED: DECEMBER 5, 2013
Prize: $1,500 grand prize, $300 runner-up, $200 2nd runner-up
Judge: Timothy Taylor
Timothy Taylor has been widely published and recognized for his non-fiction magazine and newspaper work. He was the Big Ideas columnist for the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine for several years and has been winner or finalist in over twenty separate magazine awards, including six nominations in 2012 for National and Western Magazine Awards in Canada.
Taylor is a contributing editor at Vancouver Magazine and a regular contributor at EnRoute Magazine, Walrus, and Eighteen Bridges magazines. He has also written for Institutional Investor, The Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Western Living, The Vancouver Review, Toro Magazine, Saturday Night, Adbusters, the National Post, the Vancouver Sun and many others.
Taylor is also a successful fiction writer. He published his first novel Stanley Park in 2001, followed by a prize-winning collection of short fiction, Silent Cruise, and two further bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, Story House and The Blue Light Project.
Thank you to everyone who entered our non-fiction contest this year! Entries are now closed, and we look forward to announcing our long list, short list, and winners in January.
(PRISM gratefully acknowledges the support of the UBC Bookstore for their assistance in furnishing this prize.)
Short Fiction Contest
January 23, 2014 EXTENDED: JANUARY 31, 2014
Prize: $2,000 grand prize, $300 runner-up, $200 2nd runner-up
Judge: Joseph Boyden
Joseph Boyden’s latest novel, The Orenda, has been nominated for both the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s award. His first novel, Three Day Road, was selected for the Today Show Book Club, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award, the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. His second novel, Through Black Spruce, was awarded the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named the Canadian Booksellers Association Fiction Book of the Year; it also earned him the CBA’s Author of the Year Award. Boyden divides his time between Northern Ontario and Louisiana.
Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries; $40 US entries; $45 Int’l entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension)
Additional entry: $5 each piece
Max. word count: 6,000
Thank you to everyone who entered our fiction contest this year! Entries are now closed, and we look forward to announcing our long list, short list, and winners in late March.
January 23, 2014 EXTENDED: JANUARY 31, 2014
Prize: $1,000 grand prize, $300 runner-up, $200 2nd runner-up
Judge: Karen Solie
Karen Solie is the author of three collections of poems: Short Haul Engine (Brick Books, 2001), Modern and Normal (Brick Books, 2005), and Pigeon (Anansi, 2009). A volume of new and selected poems, The Living Option, will be published in the U.K. by Bloodaxe Books this fall, and is a 2013 Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies across Canada, in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe, and has been translated into French, German, Dutch, and Korean. Currently based in Toronto, she is an Associate Director for the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio program.
Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries; $40 US entries; $45 Int’l entries (up to three poems may be submitted with each entry, each entry includes a one-year subscription or extension)
Additional entry: $5 each poem
Thank you to everyone who entered our poetry contest this year! Entries are now closed, and we look forward to announcing our long list, short list, and winners in late March.
ANNUAL EARLE BIRNEY PRIZE FOR POETRY
An annual prize of $500 is awarded by the outgoing Poetry Editor to an outstanding poetry contributor published in PRISM international. Enter by regular submission only: no fee required.
We thank Wailan Low for her continued support.