wanted: your great literature

Announcing our 2017 contests! 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Submissions should be previously unpublished; simultaneous submissions are fine; we publish Prism annually each spring and (generally) read year-round; each fall we run short story and poetry contests; when we re-open for regular submissions, we'll be charging 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).

Happy submitting!



Ends on November 30, 2016$ 10.00
$ 10.00

Deadline: midnight, November 30, 2016

Prize: $250 and publication

Submit: 1-5 poems, 10 pages maximum

Fee:  $10

Judge: STEPHANIE ELLIS SCHLAIFER is a poet and installation artist in St. Louis. She is the author of Cleavemark, just out from BOAAT Press. Schlaifer was selected for Best New Poets 2015, and her work has appeared in Georgia Review, AGNI, Denver Quarterly, LIT, Colorado Review, Fence, and elsewhere.  She frequently collaborates with other artists, most recently with Cheryl Wassenaar on the installation Cleavemark Drive, based on Schlaifer’s poems. Her work can be viewed at criticalbonnet.com

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 entrants will get our nineteenth issue: the issue will be excellent. We guarantee it.


Multiple submissions accepted.
Winners announced spring 2017.







Ends on November 30, 2016$ 10.00
$ 10.00

Deadline: midnight, November 30, 2016

Prize: $250 and publication

Fee: $10

Length: up to 8,000 words

Other: one single story or linked microstories; no more than 8000 words

Judge: SEAN BERNARD (Prism Review editor) has had stories in numerous journals, including The Common, Crazyhorse, EPOCH, and Glimmer Train. His first novel, Studies in the Hereafter, is out from Red Hen Press, and his collection Desert sonorous won the 2014 Juniper Prize and is out from UMass Press.

Entries are judged anonymously, so please exclude identifying information. All entries are considered for publication, and all entrants get issue #19. The issue will be excellent. We guarantee it.

Winners announced spring 2017.






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. 
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. 
$ 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!