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PRISM has a total of three contests: the Creative Non-Fiction (extended deadline: July 31, 2016), The Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize (deadline: October 15, 2016), and The Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction (deadline: January 15, 2017). Each contest is open to all writers, international and Canadian. Each entry includes a one-year subscription or subscription extension for PRISM international, beginning with the contest issue.

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).

In addition, the Earle Birney Prize for Poetry is presented each year to one outstanding poet published in the magazine.


Creative Non-Fiction Contest (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

Extended Deadline: July 31, 2016

$1,500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up

Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries; $40 US entries; $45 Int’l entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension)

Additional entry: $5 per piece

Max. word count: 6,000

Judged By Rachel Rose

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.

Please read the rules and regulations at the bottom of this page very carefully.
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The Inaugural Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize (OPEN NOW)

Deadline: October 15, 2016

$1,500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up

Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries; $40 US entries; $45 Int’l entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension)

Additional entry: $5 each piece

Up to three poems per entry (100 lines max per poem)

Judged by George Elliott Clarke

A revered poet, George Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, near the Black Loyalist community of Three Mile Plains, in 1960.  A graduate of the University of Waterloo (B.A., Hons.,1984), Dalhousie University (M.A., 1989), and Queen’s University (Ph.D., 1993), he is now the inaugural E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto.  An Assistant Professor of English and Canadian Studies at Duke University, North Carolina, 1994-1999, Clarke also served as the Seagrams Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies at McGill University, 1998-1999, and as a Noted Scholar at the University of British Columbia (2002) and as a Visiting Scholar at Mount Allison University (2005), and as the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies at Harvard University (2013-14).  He has also worked as a researcher (Ontario Provincial Parliament, 1982-83), editor (Imprint, University of Waterloo, 1984-85, and The Rap, Halifax, NS, 1985-87), social worker (Black United Front of Nova Scotia, 1985-86), parliamentary aide (House of Commons, 1987-91), and newspaper columnist (The Daily News, Halifax, NS, 1988-89, and The Halifax Herald, Halifax, NS, 1992-).  He lives in Toronto, Ontario, but he also owns land in Nova Scotia. His many honours include the Portia White Prize for Artistic Achievement (1998), Governor-General’s Award for Poetry (2001), the National Magazine Gold Medal for Poetry (2001), the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (2004), the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize (2005), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction (2006), the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (2009), appointment to the Order of Nova Scotia (2006), appointment to the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer (2008), appointment as Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto (2012-15), appointment as Parliamentary [National]  Poet Laureate (2016-17), and eight honorary doctorates.

Please read the rules and regulations at the bottom of this page very carefully.
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The Inaugural Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction (OPEN NOW)

Deadline: January 15, 2017

$1,500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up

Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries; $40 US entries; $45 Int’l entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension)

Additional entry: $5 per piece

Max. word count: 6,000

Judged by Jess Taylor

Jess Taylor is a Toronto writer and poet. She founded The Emerging Writers Reading Series in 2012 and is the fiction editor of Little Brother Magazine. She’s released two chapbooks of poetry, And Then Everyone: Poems of the West End (Picture Window Press, 2014) and Never Stop (Anstruther Press, 2014). This October, her first collection of short stories, Pauls, was published by BookThug. The title story from the collection, “Paul,” received the 2013 Gold Fiction National Magazine Award. Jess is currently at work on a second collection, Just Pervs; a novel, Where Everything Glows; and continuation of her life poem, Never Stop. 

A Note on Jacob Zilber

Jacob Zilber was a renowned writer, respected teacher and mentor. In 1965, Jacob helped Earle Birney form the Department of Creative Writing, one of the very first such departments in North America and the very first of its kind in Canada. He also co-founded PRISM international and was a longtime editor of the magazine. Jacob passed away on August 21st, 2012. Read more about Jacob Zilber here.

Please read the rules and regulations at the bottom of this page very carefully.
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Rules & Regulations (please read carefully)

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 any personal information (name, address etc.) in the cover letter field.

Entries must be original, previously unpublished in print or online, and not under consideration elsewhere. 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) and regular margins. Prose must be double spaced.

For Poetry, submit 1-3 poems (100 lines max per poem). When sending an additional submission, send only one poem.

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 may contact you in future to inform you of future writing contests. We do not share information with any third parties. You can unsubscribe at any time.

PRISM MAGAZINE IS NOW ACCEPTING ONLINE SUBMISSIONS USING SUBMITTABLE at http://prisminternational.submittable.com/submit.
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If you wish to mail your entry, please follow all of the above guidelines and enclose a check or money order with the correct amount for your entry ($35 for Canadian, $40 for U.S., $45 for International) with $5 added for each additional entry. Please also include a cover sheet with all of your contact information, the name(s) of your piece(s), the word count (for prose), and which contest you are entering. All entries must be postmarked by the deadline.

MAIL CONTEST ENTRIES TO EXECUTIVE EDITOR, PROMOTIONS:

CURTIS LEBLANC
PRISM international
Creative Writing Program, UBC
Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Canada


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.


For a list of recent contest winners, please see our previous contest winners page.

If you have any questions, please contact promotions@prismmagazine.ca.