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.

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