The Malahat Review’s writing contests provide opportunities for writers to have their best work read around the world in one of North America’s finest literary journals.
Many Malahat contest winners have gone on to be recognized by the National Magazine Awards, the Western Magazine Awards, the McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, and the Best Canadian Poetry in English.
With a contest for every taste and stage of career, it’s easy to find one that matches your ambition and abilities.
Prize money: $3000
Entries due every November 1 (postmarked)
Writers are encouraged to enter The Malahat Review’s newest contest in three categories: poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction. Winners are published in the Spring issue and each win $1000 CAD.
Prize money: Up to $2000
Entries due every February 1 (postmarked)
The two oldest and most prestigious contests that The Malahat Review offers, the Novella Prize and Long Poem Prize alternate in even and odd years respectively, with a single prize of $1500 in the former and two prizes of $1000 each awarded in the latter. No matter the genre, the winning entrie(s) appear(s) in the Summer issue.
Prize money: $1000
Entries due every May 1 (postmarked or emailed)
As a compliment to the Novella and Long Poem prizes, the Far Horizons Awards are short-form contests, with the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction given during odd years and the Far Horizons Award for Poetry in even. Only open to writers who have yet to publish in book form for the genre in question. Winners are published in the Fall issue.
Prize money: $1000
Entries due every August 1 (postmarked or emailed)
To nurture The Malahat Review’s newest genre, the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize was established in 2007. The winning entry appears in the Winter issue.
Prize money: $2200
In 2012, The Malahat Review invited entries from current University of Victoria students, UVic alumni, and greater Victoria-area writers to a one-time writing contest to mark the University of Victoria’s 50th Anniversary.