PRISM international Writing Contests
PRISM has four recurring contests: our annual Creative Non-fiction contest, The Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize,  The Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction and The Grouse...

PRISM has four recurring contests: our annual Creative Non-fiction contest, The Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize,  The Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction and The Grouse Grind Prize for V. Short Forms. Each contest is open to all writers, international and Canadian. For contest details visit the respective contest pages.

Contest winners will be published at the discretion of PRISM’s editors. All other entries will be considered for publication as regular submissions (for the possibility of publication in other issues of PRISM).

Please contact Kate Black at promotions@prismmagazine.ca with any contest-related questions.


PRISM international offers free entries for self-identifying Indigenous writers for all our contests. Indigenous writers are invited to submit by emailing promotions@prismmagazine.ca by the deadline. We ask that writers include: the title of their piece, the email associated with their free Submittable account (if they have or are able to create one), and their mailing address in the body of their email, with their submission (formatted according to our submission guidelines) as an attachment.

We also have a limited number of free entries to offer to low-income writers, and we encourage writers for whom the contest entry fee is prohibitive to contact us at promotions@prismmagazine.ca to arrange contest entry.

As always, we encourage submissions from writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA writers, and writers from other intersectional and marginalized groups.