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The Malahat Review welcomes submissions in English of previously unpublished work in any of these three genres in a broad range of forms and styles, and the Editorial Boards are pleased to receive submissions from all writers who wish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 generally under-represented in literary magazines, in particular Indigenous writers, writers of colour, 2SLGBTQIA?+ writers, and writers with disabilities.


Only electronic submissions, including submissions to contests, are accepted for consideration, and these can be made using the appropriate buttons below. Mailed or emailed submissions are not accepted.


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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 The Malahat Review acknowledges with respect the Lekwungen 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 Malahat Review invites entries for its biennial Novella Prize.

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

Deadline: 11:59pm (PST) on February 1, 2022

One winner will receive a prize of CAD $1,750 and be published in the magazine's summer 2022 issue #219.

Judges:

  • Rebecca Păpucaru
  • TBA (The second judge will be announced soon!)

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

Poetry submissions should consist of three to five poems (10 pages of poetry maximum), on any subject and in any style. Submissions longer than 10 pages will not be read. The magazine often accepts several poems by the same author; therefore, please do not limit your submission to a single poem. 


Please submit your poems (typed, single-spaced, with new poems starting on a separate page) in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. All submissions must be paginated. Please also include your complete contact information (name, mailing address, email address, telephone) in a header or footer on each page of your submission. Insert "Poetry Submission" when prompted by Submittable for a title in the Title field. In the case of translated poems, translators should supply (or be able to supply) evidence of permission to publish their translations, and ideally include a copy of the original(s) with the submission.

In the Cover Letter field, please include at least the following information: 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.

Poets may submit their work only once per calendar year.

Once a month, we send out an e-newsletter with 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 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.

Please submit your short fiction (typed, double-spaced, and paginated) in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file, and on the first page specify the number of words in the story, or stories, submitted. Please include your complete contact information (name, full mailing address, email address, telephone number) in a header or footer on each 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.

In the Cover Letter field please also include the following information: name, full mailing address, email address, telephone number; title of story (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.

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

Once a month, we send out an e-newsletter with 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 as understood at The Malahat Review 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 — literary writing based in fact — may be up to 4,500 words in length. Unless the pieces are very short (i.e., less than 1,000 words), no submission may consist of more than one story. No restrictions as to subject matter or approach apply.

Please make your creative-nonfiction submission (typed, double-spaced, and paginated) in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file, and specify the number of words in each story submitted on the first page and in your cover letter. Please include your complete contact information (name, full  mailing address, email address, telephone number) in a header or footer on each page of your submission.

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.

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

Once a month, we send out an e-newsletter with  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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