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The Malahat Review publishes poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction by new and established writers from Canada and abroad as well as reviews of Canadian books. In alternate years, it runs the Long Poem (two $500 prizes) and Novella (one $500 prize) Contests and the poetry and fiction categories of the Far Horizons Award ($500). It also holds an annual Creative Non-fiction Contest (one $500 prize), as well as the annual Open Season Awards (one $1000 prize in each of three categories: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction).
The Malahat Review reads 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 we are looking for is to order an issue. Please visit our website for information on single issue orders and subscriptions.
Please note that we do not accept submissions through the online journal system. See "How to Submit" below for details.
Unsolicited poetry submissions should consist of five to ten poems on any subject and in any style. The magazine will often accept several poems by the same author; therefore, please do not limit your submission to a single poem.
Unsolicited submissions of short fiction may range in length from 1,200 to 8,000 words. Unless the stories are very short, the editorial board discourages submissions consisting of more than one story. Please specify the number of words in each story submitted.
Unsolicited submissions of creative non-fiction may range in length from 1,000 to 3,500 words. No restrictions as to subject matter or approach apply. For example, a submission may be personal essay, memoir, cultural criticism, nature writing, or literary journalism. Unless the stories are very short, the editorial board discourages submissions consisting of more than one story. Please specify the number of words in each story submitted.
The Malahat Review will consider translations of poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction. When submitting translated work, please include a copy of the original text and a copy of a letter of permission from the author and/or first-language publisher.
The Malahat Review reviews Canadian-authored books of poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction in every issue. Most reviews are 800 to 1000 words in length. The magazine rarely publishes articles and interviews. Please query first by mail or email since we seldom consider unsolicited book reviews or other criticism. Samples of previously published work should accompany your query.
The Malahat Review rarely publishes unsolicited artwork on its cover or on inside pages.
How to Submit
All submissions must be typed and paginated. Poetry must be single-spaced; fiction, creative non-fiction, and book reviews must be doubled-spaced. Your name and contact information should appear on each page. Please include a short biographical note typed on a separate page.
All submissions and queries must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Submissions or queries without a SASE will not be returned or responded to.
No submission should be stapled or held together with one or more paperclips.
Entries from outside Canada require international response coupons (IRCs) or Canadian postage. Foreign postage, including U.S. stamps, is not acceptable for mailing in Canada. Canadian stamps may be purchased online from Canada Post at www.canadapost.ca.
The Malahat Review does not consider submissions sent by email.
The Malahat Review discourages simultaneous submissions.
Response time will vary depending on the volume of submissions received. Please allow one to three months for poetry submissions, three to nine months for fiction submissions.
We purchase first world serial rights and, upon acceptance pay $20 per published page plus a one-year subscription. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication.
Mail submissions to:
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700
Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2