wanted: your great literature

It's time for our annual fiction and poetry contests! More information - deadlines, swag, judges - in the categories below!

(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. 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.

All submissions should be previously unpublished; simultaneous submissions are fine; we publish Prism annually each spring and (generally) read year-round; each fall we run short story and poetry contests;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!

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Ends on November 30, 2017$10.00
$10.00

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Prize: $250 and publication

Fee: $10

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

Fiction JudgeSIEL JU (Cake Time, winner of the Red Hen Press Fiction Award. Her stories and poems appear in ZYZZYVA, The Missouri Review (Poem of the Week), The Los Angeles Review, Denver Quarterly, and other places. 

We follow CLMP guidelines. Entries are judged anonymously, so please exclude identifying information. All entries are considered for publication, and all domestic entrants get issue #20 (international entrants receive PDFs of issues 19 & 20). The issue will be excellent. We guarantee it.

Winners announced spring 2018.

Ends on November 30, 2017$10.00
$10.00

Deadline: midnight, November 30

Prize: $250 and publication

Submit: 1-5 poems, 10 pages maximum

Early entrant fee:  $10


Judge: Poet and artist JARED STANLEY, author of the collection Ears (Nightboat Books), as well as the collections The Weeds and Book Made of Forest (Salt Publishing)He lives in Reno, Nevada. 

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 our twentieth issue (international entrants will receive PDFs of issues 19 & 20). Issue 20 will be excellent. We guarantee it.


Multiple submissions accepted.


Winners announced spring 2018.

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.)
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.)