We’re excited to invite you to our spring issue launch party with some of our favourite local literary magazines. Join PRISM, SAD Mag, Room Magazine, EVENT, Geist, and subTerrain for an evening of poetry, prose, and prizes at the wonderful Lost + Found Café next Thursday, May 5th at 7pm.
We’ll have some great prize giveaways (yes, the Wheel of Fruit from AWP will be back!) and a killer reading line up. Keep in the loop by RSVPing to our Facebook event here. We hope to see you there!
PRISM international 54.3 Spring Issue, featuring the HORNED MELON!
You may have noticed something’s different about PRISM–something brighter, maybe a little weird, and unlike anything you’ve seen before. We’re talking about our Spring 54.3 cover, of course! Our Creative Non-fiction Contest Issue features Maciek Jasik’s “African Horned Melon” as our cover art and we couldn’t have dreamed of a better cover for this issue. It’s from the series The Secret Lives of Fruits and Vegetables, a project that Jasik says, “aims to reintroduce these mystical, invisible qualities to fruits and vegetables that have been lost amidst the clamor of nutritional statistics. Each offers its own indelible powers beyond our narrow habits of thought.”
The content of 54.3 is just as exciting as our cover! We have the winners of our 2016 creative Non-fiction Contest, the judge’s essay about the winners, and new works from both emerging and established writers.
If Prose Editor Christopher Evans’s interview with our 2016 Non-fiction Contest winner Danny Jacobs piqued your interest, you can check out the rest of the winning story when you get your subscription in the mail or buy one here! And be sure to keep reading on for Liza Porter’s “Reconstructing” (first runner-up) and Victoria Young’s “How to Give A Passive-Aggressive Handjob” (second runner-up).
If you’re looking for more weird and wonderful (note, we consider these two words practically synonymous), Tom Cho’s “Are You There, God? It Is I, Robot” will surely deliver. And if you’re at AWP(Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference) next weekend, be sure not to miss the two panels he appears in: “Coming of Age Queer” and “No Place Like Home: Setting in the Contemporary Short Story”. We’ll be there, so be sure to drop by!
We’ve got new fiction by Andrew F. Sullivan, who was named one of The Star’s “five up-and-coming writers of 2016”. Look for his debut novel, WASTE (Dzanc Books, 2016) in your local bookstore. CBC Canada Writers Fiction Long-lister Phedra Deonarine’s “San Fernando, Trinidad: School Year 1995-1996” is a must read and savour. Be sure to check out Danielle Burnette‘s flash fiction piece, “Not Her Husband”.
For poetry, we broke the record for most published poems by an author. Well, I don’t know that, but when you read Adèle Barclay’s six poems, you’ll understand why we had to have them all! Her debut collection of poetry, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach For You is forthcoming this fall with Nightwood Editions.
We also have three poems by Jacob McArthur Mooney from his book, Don’t Be Interesting (M&S, 2016), poems by Kirya Marchand and Julie Paul, and translation by Nathaniel G. Moore.
Be sure to check out the issue for yourself for all of these incredible pieces and more! And if you’re in the Los Angeles area next weekend, come check out our booth at AWP for prizes, issues, and more!
PRISM is excited to participate in the Word Vancouver festival this weekend! This annual festival—held at Library Square in downtown Vancouver—is always a fun weekend full of events, conversation, and appreciation of all things reading and writing.
PRISM will have a booth in the exhibitor marketplace on Sunday—pop by to say hi, meet PRISM’s editors and volunteers, and check out our brand new issue. We’ll also have information on our upcoming non-fiction, poetry and fiction contests, special deals, and a secret photo opportunity worth tweeting about. Hint: #octocup
In the afternoon, PRISM is participating in Magazine Words, a series of readings and panels focused on Canadian literary magazines. The event starts at 11am inside Blenz Coffee in Library Square, and includes readings hosted by PRISM, subTerrain, Room, EVENT, The Capilano Review, The New Quarterly and The Fiddlehead. Come for the full day, or stop by at 2:20pm to hear talented PRISM contributors Karen J Lee and Rachel Rose read their work and answer a few questions from the audience. Hosted by our own JL Lori!