wanted: your great literature!


We are open for our annual contests--the amazing judges this year are Felicia Zamora and Carribean Fragoza!


As always: 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. Simply: we love great literature, especially literature that is urgent and/or strange, and we love hearing voices that are new, emerging, and established - especially those from underrepresented groups. We always put samples from past issues on our homepage, and looking at those or reading the journal are good ways to get a sense of our past sensibilities ... though, like all readers, our sensibilities are always shifting, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.


Current submissions will be read for our spring 2022 issue. They must be previously unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are totally fine (but please withdraw accepted pieces immediately; the lack of this practice has increased far too much for us lately); we publish Prism annually each spring and generally read year-round.


Happy submitting!


(We generally charge a two dollar fee so that we can do something we hope all agree is a good thing: pay all our authors, at least $40 per writer; usually we have free submissions in early Dec and May or June.)

(... and feel free to visit/like our Facebook page.)


Short Story Contest
Ends on $10.00
$10.00

Deadline: midnight Nov 30

Prize: $250 and publication
Fee: $10

Length: up to 7,000 words; can be one single story or linked microstories. Multiple submissions accepted.

Fiction Judge:   CARRIBEAN FRAGOZA

Carribean Fragoza is the author of Eat the Mouth That Feeds You (City Lights). Rather than sticking to usual tropes of Chicanx and Latinx writing, she uses fiction to break onto new thematic territory with unique character voices and perspectives. As a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA program at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), she pushes the boundaries of Chicanx literature using experimental approaches and devices and freely borrows from international queer and feminist literary movements. She’s published fiction and poetry in publications such as BOMB Magazine, Huizache, Entropy, Palabra Literary Magazine and Emohippus. She is also the founder and co-director of the South El Monte Art Posse (SEMAP), a multi-disciplinary arts collective.

We follow CLMP guidelines. Entries are judged anonymously, so please exclude identifying information on the manuscript. All entries are considered for publication, and all domestic entrants get issue #24 (international entrants receive PDFs of issues 23 & 24). The issue will be excellent!

Winners announced spring 2022.

Ends on $10.00
$10.00

Deadline: midnight Nov 30 

     Prize: $250 and publication

       Fee: $10

Length: 1-5 poems, ten pages max.  Multiple submissions accepted.

Judge:  FELICIA ZAMORA

Felicia Zamora is the author of six poetry books including I Always Carry My Bones, winner of the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize (University of Iowa Press, 2021), Quotient (forthcoming from Tinderbox Editions, 2021), Body of Render, Benjamin Saltman Award winner (2020), and Of Form & Gather, Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize winner. A CantoMundo and Ragdale Foundation fellow, she won the 2020 C.P. Cavafy Prize from Poetry International, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, and the Tomaž Šalamun Prize. Her poems appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Georgia Review, Guernica, Missouri Review Poem-of-the-Week, Orion, POETRY, The Nation, and others. She is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati and associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review.


We follow CLMP guidelines. Entries are judged anonymously, so please exclude identifying information from the document. All entries will be considered for publication (non-winning poems have also been published), and all domestic entrants will get issue #24 (international entrants will receive PDFs of issues 23 & 24). The issue will be excellent!

 
Winners announced spring 2022.

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. (Note: due to shipping costs, this category is only available to those living in the US.)
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. (Note: due to shipping costs, this category is only available to those living in the US.)
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