wanted: your great literature

Announcing our 2017 contests! (Submissions open in September). Winner in each category gets $250 and publication in Prism Review #19, due out Spring 2017. All entries considered for publication and all entrants get a copy of issue 19 ($10 value for $10 entry).

We hope to read your very best - and more than that we're excited to read it, and we want more, we hope for more, we quietly plead for/demand more. We love great literature, we love finding new voices and reading wonderful works from more established writers. We always put samples of favorites from past issues on our homepage - looking at those or reading the journal are the best ways, of course, to get a sense of our taste.

Submissions should be previously unpublished; simultaneous submissions are fine; we publish Prism annually each spring and (generally) read year-round; each fall we run short story and poetry contests; for regular submissions, we're charging a two dollar fee these days so that we can do something we hope all agree is a good thing: pay all our authors (at least $40 per writer).

Happy submitting!



If you hate paying submission fees without getting anything to show for it up front, this category is for you: submit following our regular prose guidelines and have your work considered along with the rest of the submissions . . .

. . . and, best of all, receive a recent back issue (if you want a specific #, let us know with your cover letter).

Usually we sell issues for $9. This is a pretty fair deal - you get a journal with great literature at a killer price, and, better, a chance to be in a future issue. 
$ 2.00

We love prose of many stripes - to give you a sense of what gets our hearts especially a-thumping, we're very much moved by the urgency of Maggie Nelson and the sobering strangeness of Haruki Murakami, by the ethereality of Lydia Davis and the ruminations of Lucia Berlin.

Please - one submission at at time with the standard caveat that 2-3 short-shorts (totaling 2000 or so words in a single submission) is cool by us. We don't publish a lot of non-fiction, nor do we frequently take pieces over 5000 words . . . we'll certainly consider both, of course, so if you're into those sorts of things, you're welcome to give us a shot.
 

If you hate paying submission fees without getting anything to show for it up front, this category is for you: submit following our regular poetry guidelines and have your work considered along with the rest of the submissions . . .

. . . and, best of all, receive a recent back issue (if you want a specific #, let us know with your cover letter).

Usually we sell issues for $9. This is a pretty fair deal - you get a journal with great literature at a killer price, and, better, a chance to be in a future issue. 
$ 2.00

We crush on poetry of many variations - poetry that is witty and poetry that is moving, poetry engaged in the world and poetry that couldn't care less; poetry from ironic authors and from those poets who paint strange, beautiful, and exquisite shadow-boxes. Stretch yourself - stretch us. It's true that we're a little suspicious of end-rhyme but hey, we're cool, we'll hang. Mark Strand, Nate Hoks, and Brenda Hillman are among the many poets we adore.

Since we're shifting to fees - again, all authors will be paid - we suggest you group your poems in a single submission, up to five at a time. (If any get accepted elsewhere, just shoot us an email as soon as you can.)
 

$ 9.00
Please select this option to purchase our newest issue (#18) via credit card. (If you'd like a prior issue instead, just identify it in your cover letter). Also, please remember to include your address in your cover letter with your purchase. 

Issue 18 features work from a bevy of fantastic and award-winning fiction writers and poets, an excellent interview with
fiction writer Bryan Hurt, and an in-depth review section of protest literature.


Thanks!