Welcome to The Malahat Review's submissions page.


The Malahat Review publishes poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction by emerging and established writers from Canada and abroad as well as reviews of the latest Canadian books.


The Malahat Review welcomes submissions in English of previously unpublished work in any of these three genres in a broad range of forms and styles, and the Editorial Boards are pleased to receive submissions from all writers who wish to send their work for consideration, including writers from communities normally under-represented in most literary magazines, in particular Indigenous writers, writers of colour, LGBTQIA2S?+ writers, and writers with disabilities.


Only electronic submissions are accepted for consideration, and these can be made using the appropriate buttons below. Mailed or emailed submissions are no longer accepted.


The Malahat Review regularly offers contests and awards and in the summer and fall of 2018 is moving to electronic submissions only for these as well.

Mailed or emailed contest submissions will no longer be accepted starting with the 2019 Open Season Awards (deadline 1 Nov. 2018).


To display the submission guidelines for each genre listed below, please click on the link "More" to the right of each heading, or simply click the "Submit" button. Writers may submit work only once per calendar year in each genre that The Malahat Review publishes.


Submissions are read all year. To emphasize the contemporary nature of the writing it publishes, The Malahat Review seldom accepts work with more than one issue's delay in publication.

The best way to know what kinds of work we publish is to order an issue for $14.95 in Canada (including shipping and postage), $16.95 for U.S. orders, and $17.95 for those from elsewhere. You can also subscribe for $35 a year if you live in Canada; $40 (U.S.), or $45 (elsewhere). Orders may be placed electronically at www.malahatreview.ca or mailed to: The Malahat Review, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 1700, Station CSC, Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2.


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Ends on November 1, 2018


The Malahat Review invites entries for its annual Open Season Awards in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction with prizes totalling $CAN 6000. The contest is open to Canadian and international writers anywhere in the world, with a final deadline of midnight (PST) on 1 November 2018. All entries are judged anonymously. The winner in each category will receive a prize of $CAN 2000 and be published in the magazine's spring 2019 issue. 

Meet the judges for the 2019 awards:

  • Poetry: Shane Book
  • Fiction: Carmelinda Scian
  • Creative Nonfiction: Kyo Maclear

Get inspired! Read interviews with the judges in our upcoming September and October Malahat lite e-newsletters.


GUIDELINES

  • Poetry: up to 3 poems only per entry, no individual poem more than 100 lines long (a line count must be given for each poem longer than 50 lines; all poems must be submitted in a single document).
  • Fiction: 1 story only per entry, no more than 2500 words in length (the word count must be given at the top of the first page and the text double spaced).
  • Creative Nonfiction: 1 piece only per entry, no more than 2500 words in length (the word count must be given at the top of the first page and the text double spaced).
  • All entries are judged anonymously (no identifying information is to be included on any poem, story, or nonfiction piece submitted).
  • Multiple entries are allowed (at a reduced fee, if paid for at the same time as the initial entry: see Entry Fees and How to Submit below).
  • Entrants may submit work in more than one genre (for further information see Additional entries below).


  • Entry Fees:

              • $CAN 35 for each entry from Canada

              • $US 40 for each entry from the USA

              • $US 45 for each entry from Mexico or outside North America

              • $CAN 10 for each additional entry (any writer, any country)

              • See How to Pay (below) for detailed instructions.

  • Additional entries. To receive the reduced entry fee(s) of $CAN 10.00, any additional entries must be paid for at the same time as the first entry; such additional entries should be submitted online within 24 hours of the initial submission. Additional entries may be submitted in any genre (e.g., an initial entry in poetry may be accompanied by an additional entry or entries in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction). The same guidelines apply to additional entries as to the initial submission: i.e., an additional entry of poetry must be from 1 to 3 poems, each not more than 100 lines in length; an additional entry of fiction or creative non-fiction must be a single piece of not more than 2500 words.
  • Entrants receive, for themselves or a friend, a one-year print subscription to The Malahat Review (for the initial entry only; no subscriptions are available for additional entries made along with the initial entry). Digital subscriptions and digital/print bundle subscriptions are not available through any of the magazine's contests. 


  • Eligible entries. No work already published (even if only excerpted, or even if revised since original publication), already accepted for publication, already or simultaneously submitted elsewhere is eligible for consideration. The Malahat Review considers any appearance in print or online to be a publication, whether the form of publication be a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, personal website or blog, Twitter, Facebook, or other suchlike forum for public circulation. This restriction on eligibility applies regardless of the size of the print run or the extent of the circulation of previously published work.
  • Disqualification. Failure to comply with these criteria for eligibility will immediately disqualify any entry, regardless of when the ineligiblity is discovered in the process of adjudication (submission, processing, screening, shortlisting, final judging). The entry fee for a disqualified entry will not be refunded, and the entrant will still receive a one-year subscription to the magazine.


  • Notification. The winner in each category will be notified by email. Other entrants will not be notified of the judges' decisions.
  • Publicity. The winner and finalists in each category will be announced in late January 2019 on The Malahat Review's website, Facebook page, and Twitter account. All winners will be interviewed, and the interviews will be published on The Malahat Review's website, and in the March 2019 edition of Malahat lite, the magazine's monthly electronic newsletter.
  • Publication. The winning entry in each category, and only the winning entry, will be published in the Spring 2019 issue of The Malahat Review.


How to Pay

  1. Payment must be made online through The Malahat Review Store (if you do not have a credit card, you can pay by cheque or money order: see #3 below).
  2. Unless you are paying by cheque or money order, you must pay the entry fees before making your submission, since you must include your ORDER # with your submission.
  3. If you are unable to pay by credit card, you can mail a cheque or money order (made out to The Malahat Review) in $CAN or $US to The Malahat Review, University of Victoria, PO Box 1700, Stn CSC, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2 Canada.
  4. If paying by cheque or money order, you must indicate "cheque" or "money order" as required on the submission form.
  5. Online payments will not be accepted after 1 November (if you have any problems with such payment, please write to malahat@uvic.ca). Payment by cheque or money order must be mailed with a postmark date of not later than 1 November 2018.


How to Submit

  • Only online submissions made through The Malahat Review's Open Season Awards portal on the Submittable website will be accepted.
  • Acceptable file formats: Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF only.
  • If paying by credit card, you must pay before you submit, since you will be asked to provide your ORDER # with the submission of each entry.
  • If paying by cheque or money order, you will be asked to specify which form of payment with the submission of each entry.
  • A single entry is defined as 1 to 3 poems (uploaded in a single  document, maximum 100 lines per poem), or 1 story or 1 creative  nonfiction piece (maximum 2500 words in each case).
  • You can make only one entry at a time on the Submittable webpage; to submit additional entries, whether at the reduced rate (paid for at the same time) or at a standard rate, simply follow the same process as with the initial submission (the ORDER # will be the same for additional entries paid for at the same time as the initial submission; it will be different for an entry or entries made at a later date, since these require the full fee).
  • You can SAVE a DRAFT of your submission before clicking on the "SUBMIT" button (at the bottom of the page) to make the actual submission.


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Poetry submissions should consist of three to five poems (six pages of poetry maximum), on any subject and in any style. Manuscripts longer than 6 pages will not be read.

 
Please save your submission of poems in a single file that includes your cover letter (as the first page) in a .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf file format. Insert "Poetry Submission" when prompted by Submittable for a title in the Title field and list the title of each submitted poem in the body of your cover letter.

All the poems must be typed and single-spaced, with each poem starting on a new page. All submissions must be paginated. 

The magazine often accepts several poems by the same author; therefore, please do not limit your submission to a single poem.

Please also include your complete contact information (name, full mailing address, email address, telephone number) in the body of your cover letter and in a header or footer on each page of your submission. For statistical purposes, please make sure to indicate your province/state and/or country of origin in your cover letter.

Please also include a short biographical note either in the body of the letter or on a separate page.

Response times will vary from one to 6 months after the date of submission.

Poets may submit their work only once per calendar year.


Once a month, we send out an e-newsletter with exciting tidbits of information on writing contests, author interviews, upcoming issue launches, and more. If you'd like to receive this e-newsletter please subscribe with your e-mail address here: http://www.malahatreview.ca/issues/malahat_lite.html

Submissions of short fiction may be up to 8,000 words in length. Unsolicited submissions of previously unpublished short fiction may be up to 8,000 words in length. Unless you are submitting flash fiction, no submission may consist of more than one story. Up to three flash fictions may be submitted in one submission, and they must be submitted in a single file. The maximum length for each flash fiction is 750 words.


Please save your short-fiction submission in a single file that includes your cover letter (as the first page) in a .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf file format.

Short-fiction submissions must be typed, paginated, and double-spaced. Please specify the number of words in the story, or stories, submitted.

Please also include your complete contact information (name, full mailing address, email address, telephone number) in the body of your cover letter and in a header or footer on each page of your submission. For statistical purposes, please make sure to indicate your province/state and/or country of origin in your cover letter.

Please also include a short biographical note either in the body of the letter or on a separate page.

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

Authors of fiction may submit their work only once per calendar year.

Once a month, we send out an e-newsletter with exciting tidbits of information on writing contests, author interviews, upcoming issue launches, and more. If you'd like to receive this e-newsletter please subscribe with your e-mail address here: http://www.malahatreview.ca/issues/malahat_lite.html



Creative Nonfiction is literary writing based in fact. No restrictions as to subject matter or approach apply.  It can include, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography, all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization. 

Submissions of creative nonfiction may be up to 4,500 words in length. Unless the stories are very short (i.e., less than 1,000 words each), no submission may consist of more than one story. 

Creative nonfiction submissions must be typed, paginated, and double-spaced. Your name and contact information should appear on each page.  Please specify the number of words in each story submitted on the first page and in your cover letter.

Please save your creative-nonfiction submission in a single file that includes your cover letter (as the first page) in a .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf file format.

Please include your complete contact information (name, full mailing address, email address, telephone number) in the body of your cover letter and in a header or footer on each page of your submission. For statistical purposes, please make sure to indicate your province/state and/or country of origin in your cover letter.

Please also include a short biographical note either in the body of the letter or on a separate page.

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

Authors of creative nonfiction may submit their work only once per calendar year.

Once a month, we send out an e-newsletter with exciting tidbits of information on writing contests, author interviews, upcoming issue launches, and more. If you'd like to receive this e-newsletter please subscribe with your e-mail address here: http://www.malahatreview.ca/issues/malahat_lite.html


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