judges: EMILY GEMINDER (fiction) 

          & GENEVIEVE KAPLAN (poetry)

                           wanted: your great literature

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, and we love finding new voices and reading wonderful works from 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.

We're now taking submissions for *next* year's issue (2019), so it might be a bit longer than usual before you hear from us. All submissions should be previously unpublished; simultaneous submissions are fine (but please withdraw accepted pieces immediately; the lack of this practice has increased far too much for us lately); we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; & each fall we run short story and poetry contests, so keep your eyes peeled for those announcements!

Happy submitting!

(Note: for general submissions, we 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).

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Ends on November 30, 2018$10.00

Deadline: midnight, November 30, 2018

Prize: $250 and publication

        Fee: $10

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


Genevieve Kaplan is the author of In the ice house (Red Hen Press), winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation‘s poetry publication prize, and three chapbooks: In an aviary (Grey Book Press, 2016); travelogue (Dancing Girl, 2016); and settings for these scenes (Convulsive Editions, 2013), a chapbook of continual erasures. Genevieve earned her MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and her PhD in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. She edits the Toad Press International chapbook series, publishing contemporary translations of poetry and prose. 

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 #21 (international entrants will receive PDFs of issues 20 & 21). Issue 21 will be excellent. We guarantee it.

Winners announced spring 2018.

Short Story Contest
Ends on November 30, 2018$10.00

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Prize: $250 and publication
Fee: $10

Length: up to 8,000 words; can be one single story or linked microstories. Multiple submissions accepted.

Fiction Judge:  EMILY GEMINDER

Emily Geminder the author of Dead Girls and Other Stories, winner of the Dzanc Books Short Story Prize. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Tin House, and elsewhere. She has received an AWP Intro Journals Award, a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, and a Pushcart Special Mention. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is a PhD fellow in fiction at the University of Southern California.

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 #21 (international entrants receive PDFs of issues 20 & 21). The issue will be excellent. We guarantee it.

Winners announced spring 2019.

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.

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.)

   Please select this option to purchase our newest issue (#20) 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 20 features work from a bevy of fantastic and award-winning fiction writers and poets, excellent interviews with fiction writer Meagan Cass and poet Jared Stanley, and an in-depth review section of contemporary indie works of fiction and poetry.


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