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PRISM 52:3 SPRING 2014 (Non-Fiction Contest Issue)

PRISM 52:3 SPRING 2014 launches this week523store, and Spring’s in the air! Wherever you are, we hope your world’s lightening and brightening! To celebrate, grab the latest issue of PRISM and read a few tales of rebirth, growth, and lessons learned, featuring our Non-Fiction Contest winners and much more!

In “Reunion” the winning piece from our non-fiction contest, Re’Lynn Hansen uses an annual class reunion as a platform to explore aging, mortality, and the meaning of memory.

Rachel Rose’s poetry interweaves the sensuous world with wit and a tender, intensive mental acuity: “White Lilies” unravels the hard blossom of epiphany, while “Virtuoso” explores the ironies of talent, fame, and shame.

Miranda Pearson’s “A Walk in the Park” navigates the emotional landscape of grief and life after death. “We are learning about leaving;” she writes, “about holding on. How the body / is a new sort of friend, flawed, / unreliable.”

“Almost-Home” details Julia Zarankin’s complex feelings about the Russian city where she lived as a young child before her family immigrated to Canada. Continue reading PRISM 52:3 SPRING 2014 (Non-Fiction Contest Issue)

PRISM’s 2013 Non-Fiction Contest: The Winners!

The results of the 2013 Non-Fiction Contest are in! We received so many amazing entries this year—ultimately, Andreas Schroeder had to select one winner and two runners-up.

We’re excited to announce the winners:

  • Grand Prize: “An Excerpt from Horse Camp” by JonArno Lawson
  • 1st runner up: “Narrative Supplement” by Carolyn White
  • 2nd runner up: “The Skeleton Coast” by Jean McNeil

Judge’s Remarks: 

Let me begin by admitting a bias. For years I’ve monitored – and in several cases judged – the creative nonfiction competitions of a variety of literary magazines, such as PRISM, Event, Fugue, Grain, Prairie Fire, Malahat Review, etc. I’ve tracked the genre when it’s been the focus of the CBC’s annual literary contest, and I’ve assessed the creative nonfiction manuscripts of UBC Creative Writing’s MFA applicants for more years than I care to admit. In the process I’ve encountered a lot of fine cnf writing, but what’s bugged
me for years is this: Continue reading PRISM’s 2013 Non-Fiction Contest: The Winners!