Welcome!

The Malahat Review acknowledges and respects the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

The Editorial Boards welcome submissions in English of previously unpublished works of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as translations in any of these three genres, by new and established writers from Canada and abroad.

The Editorial Boards are pleased to receive submissions from all writers who wish to send their work for consideration, including writers from communities generally under-represented in literary magazines, in particular Indigenous writers, writers of colour, Black writers, 2SLGBTQIA?+ writers, and writers with disabilities.

Although The Malahat Review publishes current work by contemporary writers, the Editorial Boards will consider translations of work by past writers who are unknown or little known in the English-speaking world. Please include a copy of the original text and, for work still under copyright, a copy of a letter of permission from the original author and/or first-language publisher. The same limits and rules apply to translation submissions as to other submissions.

The best way to know what kinds of work we might publish is to order a print or digital issue or to subscribe.

Reading periods

The Malahat Review reads submissions from Canadian writers all year. Because we receive so many submissions, we accept work from international writers only during certain months, depending on the genre (see below for the guidelines by genre). We also run four contests per year and these have their own separate guidelines. See our contests page to read their guidelines.

Response time

We try our best to get back to writers as soon as possible. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, please allow for one to six months for poetry and up to nine months for fiction and creative nonfiction.

Submitting

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to find the appropriate button for each genre and current contest. We ask that you submit your work in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file, and list at the beginning of each piece the word count (for prose) or line count (for poetry). For regular submissions, please ensure that your name and contact info appear on the first page.

Cover letter

Ensure the name, mailing address, and email linked to your Submittable account are up to date. If any of this info differs, you can leave a note in the cover letter section. Please list the title(s) of the work submitted and include a short bio note.

Once per calendar year (per genre, contests excepted)

Excluding any of our contests and theme issues, we ask that writers submit only once per genre (poetry, fiction, cnf, translations) in each calendar year.

Previous publication

We don’t publish any work that has previously been published, whether in print or online, even if the print run or online audience was small. No work that has been excerpted elsewhere is eligible for submission, nor is any work that has been revised since its original publication.

Simultaneous submissions

For regular submissions, please inform us if you’re making a simultaneous submission, and please update us as soon as possible with any changes to the status of your submission.

Payment & copyright

We pay CAD$70 per published page plus a one-year print subscription and two copies of the issue in which your work appears. (Contest winners receive a cash prize instead of a per-page payment.) We purchase first world serial print and digital rights for publication in English; copyright remains with the author.

The Malahat Review invites writers to enter the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize.

The contest is open to Canadian and international writers anywhere in the world.

Deadline: August 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (PDT)

One winner will receive a prize of CAD $1,250 and publication in the magazine's winter 2022 issue #221.

Judge:

  • D. A. Lockhart

(Please see the contest page on our website for full guidelines and payment info before submitting.)

Submissions by Canadian writers are accepted all year. Submissions by international writers are accepted during the following six months only: January and February, May through July, and November. Writers may submit their work only once per calendar year in any given genre (contests excepted). 

  • Please submit three to five poems in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file (up to 10 pages max, single-spaced, with each new poem starting on a separate page).
  • Please include your contact information (name, email address, telephone) on the first page of your submission.
  • For translated poems, translators should include a copy of the original(s) with the submission and supply (or be able to supply) evidence of permission to publish their translations.
  • In the Title field enter "# Poems" (where # is the number of poems being submitted). For translations, enter "# Translated Poems."
  • In the Cover Letter field, please include your name, full mailing address, email address, telephone number; the title of each submitted poem; and a short biographical note. For statistical purposes, please make sure to indicate your province/state and/or country of origin.


Response times will vary from one to six months after the date of submission.

Submissions by Canadian writers are accepted all year. Submissions by international writers are accepted during the following four months only: March and April, and September and October. Writers may submit their work only once per calendar year in any given genre  (contests excepted).

  • Submissions of previously unpublished short fiction may be up to 8,000 words in length.
  • No submission may consist of more than one story, unless you are submitting flash fiction.
  • Up to three flash fictions (each no longer than 750 words) may be submitted in one submission, and they must be submitted in a single file.
  • For translated stories, translators should include a copy of the original(s) with the submission and supply (or be able to supply) evidence of permission to publish their translations.
  • Submit your story (stories) in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file (double-spaced and paginated).
  • On the first page specify the number of words in the story, or stories, submitted.
  • Please also include your contact information (name, email address, telephone number) on the first page of your submission.

In the Title field please insert the title of your story or, in the case of flash fiction, the number of stories followed by "flash fiction(s)": e.g., 1 flash fiction; 3 flash fictions. For translations, please include "(in translation)" after the story's title or after the number of flash fictions: e.g., The Nose (in translation) OR 2 flash fictions (in translation).

In the Cover Letter field please also include your name, full mailing address, email address, telephone number; the title of the story (or stories) submitted and number of words; and a short biographical note. For statistical purposes, please make sure to indicate your province/state and/or country of origin in your cover letter.

Response times will vary from one to nine months after the date of submission.

Submissions by Canadian and international writers are accepted all year. Writers may submit their work only once per calendar year in any given genre  (contests excepted).

Creative nonfiction is literary writing based in fact; style matters no less than substance, whatever form the writing may take  (e.g., the personal essay, memoir, biography, travel writing, historical  account). We do not accept submissions whose primary purpose is to  argue a case or to offer an opinion or commentary on someone or something.

  • Submissions of a single previously unpublished work of creative nonfiction may be up to 5,000 words in length.
  • Or you may submit one to three pieces of up to 1,000 words each (short creative nonfiction).
  • For translated creative nonfiction, translators should include a copy of the original(s) with the submission and supply (or be able to supply) evidence of permission to publish their translations.
  • Please make your submission in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file (double-spaced and paginated).
  • On the first page specify the number of words in each piece submitted.
  • Please also include your complete contact information (name, full  mailing address, email address, telephone number) on the first page of your submission.

In the Title field please insert the title of your story or, in the case of shorter submissions, the number of pieces followed by "flash cnf(s)": e.g., 1 flash cnf; 3 flash cnfs. For translations, please include "(in translation)" after the work's title or after the number of flash cnfs: e.g., On Unpacking My Library (in translation) OR 2 short cnfs (in translation).

In the Cover Letter field please include the following information: your name, full  mailing address, email address, telephone number; the title(s) of the piece(s) submitted with a word count, and a short biographical note. For statistical purposes, please make sure to indicate your  province/state and/or country of origin in your cover letter.

Response times will vary from one to nine months after the date of submission.

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