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PRISM international publishes exciting, original, literary material from established and emerging writers in Canada and around the world. We accept submissions year-round. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive each month, reply times range between 2 to 6 months, depending on the time of year.

A good deal of our content is generated from our annual Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Please visit our contest page for more details.

 

CURRENT CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

56.1 THE LIMINAL

 

PRISM seeks writing from THE LIMINAL. Send us your most electric writing from zones of possibility and uncertainty – spaces and states of transition, real and imagined, across time and tense. Take us to the margins, the Internet, dream states. We invite writing that reorients the limits of genre, that subverts and challenges, that emerges from borderlands and becomingness. Writing that glimmers between cultures, identities, forms.

Send us your best. We can’t wait to read it.

Call deadline: June 16, 2017

Please adhere to the submission guidelines outlined in Submittable.

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GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Pieces submitted to our general Submittable will be considered for our upcoming winter and summer issues, and is an open call for prose, poetry, and artwork on any theme. Please submit to only one genre at a time, and await a reply before submitting again. See the particular guidelines for each genre below.

  • Please submit to only one genre at a time, and await a reply before submitting again.
  • Include in your cover letter your full contact information (including email address) and a short bio.
  • All submissions should be set in Times New Roman, 12-point font. .
  • We strongly prefer online submissions, which must be submitted through Submittable, as we do not accept email submissions. We charge a $3.00 reading fee per submission.
  • If you mail your submission, please include your email address. We will reply to mailed submissions via email. Please only include a SASE (with Canadian stamps) if you cannot be reached via email. Note that we do not return manuscripts. Please ensure that you retain a copy of your submission for your files.
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished, in print and online.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. If your piece is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately.
  • We purchase first North American serial rights, and pay $30/printed page for prose and $40/printed page for poetry. Contributors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.
  • The editorial board awards one $500 prize to an outstanding poetry contributor each year.
  • We encourage submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA writers, and writers from other intersectional and marginalized groups, including low-income earners. If you identify as one or more of the above and would like to let us know, please mention it in your cover letter.

Prose Guidelines:

  • Submit only one piece at a time, unless you are submitting flash fiction or non-fiction (under 1000 words), in which case you may submit up to three pieces in a single document. While we accept prose submissions of up to 25 pages (6,250 words), it is generally easier to place shorter work.
  • We welcome literary essays, personal essays, hybrid-genre works, and literary journalism. Please note that we do not publish rhetorical, academic, or strictly journalistic non-fiction.
  • Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. Please specify the genre of your submission in your cover letter.

Click here to submit Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Drama.

If you prefer to send your submission via post, please mail it to:

Kyla Jamieson
Prose Editor
PRISM international
Creative Writing Program, UBC
Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Canada

If you have any questions about these guidelines, or a piece you’ve already
submitted, please email Kyla at prose@prismmagazine.ca.

Poetry Guidelines:

  • For poetry, submit one to four poems.
  • We welcome cross-genre and interdisciplinary poetry and poetics.
  • In your cover letter, please specify the number of poems you are submitting and list the titles of the poems.
  • Poetry submissions should be typed and single-spaced. If you would like to submit poems with alternate spacing, please mention it in your cover letter and submit a PDF instead of a Word document.
  • If you would like feedback on your poems, please make a request in your cover letter. The poetry editor will endeavour to respond but cannot guarantee that each submission will receive comments and feedback.

Click here to submit Poetry.

If you prefer to send your submission via post, please mail it to:

Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Poetry Editor
PRISM international
Creative Writing Program, UBC
Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Canada

If you have any questions about these guidelines, or a piece you’ve already
submitted, please email Shazia at poetry@prismmagazine.ca.

Translation:

  • We welcome poetry and prose translations into English. Such works must be undertaken with the permission of the original author. Please include a copy of the original work with your submission.

Cover Art

  • We accept photography only, submitted by email in high resolution PDF, TIF or PNG files. We pay $300 CAD for the cover of one issue, along with three copies of that issue. An image of the cover will also appear on our website, the British Columbia Association of Magazine Publishers website, and the affiliated websites of Magazines Canada.

Please send photography submissions to Selina Boan, Executive Editor, Circulation at circulation@prismmagazine.ca.

Reasonable exceptions to our guidelines will be made for submissions from
writers in prison.

Please note: PRISM does not accept submissions from current and incoming
students and faculty of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing
Program (this includes the UBC Optional-Residency MFA Program). Work submitted by incoming students prior to their acceptance to the UBC Creative Writing Program, if still under consideration, must be withdrawn. In order to submit, UBC alumni cannot have taken a UBC Creative Writing Program course during the previous two years.

Please note that it is also our policy not to publish the same writer more than once within a twelve-month period.

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