wanted: your great literature!


We are ... open (for contest submissions)!


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 2021 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 They must be previously unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are totally fine (but please withdraw accepted pieces immediately; the lack of this practice has increased far too much for us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 early June.)

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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:   VANESSA HUA

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of the national bestseller, A River of Starsand Deceit and Other Possibilities, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. A National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, she has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award,  a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. 

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 #23 (international entrants receive PDFs of issues 22 & 23). The issue will be excellent!

Winners announced spring 2021.

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Deadline: midnight Nov 30 

     Prize: $250 and publication

       Fee: $10 

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

Judge:  LYNNE THOMPSON

Lynne Thompson is the author of Start With a Small Guitar and Beg No Pardon, winner of the Perugia Book Award and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award. In 2018, Jane Hirshfield selected her manuscript Fretwork as the winner of the Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize. Thompson’s recent work appears or is forthcoming in Poetry, New England Review, Pleiades, American Poetry Journal, and the 2020 Best American Poetry anthology, among others. Thompson serves on the Boards of Cave Canem and the Los Angeles Review of Books


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 #23 (international entrants will receive PDFs of issues 22 & 23). The issue will be excellent!

 
Winners announced spring 2021.

Prism Review