2015 Open Season Awards

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for our annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a prize of $1,000 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.


The deadline for the 2015 Open Season Awards is November 1, 2014.

Read about the winners of our 2014 Open Season Awards.


Jan Conn for Poetry; Cynthia Flood for Fiction; David Carpenter for Creative Nonfiction.

Read all about this award-winning panel here.


  • Poetry: up to three poems per entry; maximum length for each poem is 100 lines.
  • Short fiction and creative nonfiction: one story or article per entry; with a maximum length of 2500 words. Please indicate word count on the first page. Please double space your work.
  • Entry fee required for all categories:
    • $35 CAD for Canadian entries;
    • $40 US for American entries;
    • $45 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.
    • $15 CAD for each additional entry (from anywhere)
    • see How to Pay below
  • If entering more than once, a handling fee of $15 is charged for each additional entry. Additional entries must be submitted and paid for at the same time as the first entry. Each additional entry may be in any genre.
  • Entrants receive a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review for themselves or a friend.
  • Entrants submitting more than one entry receive a one-year subscription for the first entry only.
  • Entrants’ anonymity is preserved throughout the judging. Contact information (including an email address) must not appear on the submission, but on a separate page, along with entry title (or titles in the case of poetry entries) and genre (for prose entries).
  • Entries already published, accepted, or submitted elsewhere are ineligible.
  • Previous publication is considered to be any appearance in print or online, including on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, electronic magazine, personal blog, Twitter, or Facebook. Please note that even if the print run or circulation of the print publication where the work has previously appeared is small, this is still considered previous publication. No work that has been excerpted elsewhere is eligible for submission; nor is a work that has been revised since its original publication.
  • No entries will be returned, even if accompanied by an SASE.
  • The winner and finalists will be notified via email.
  • Other entrants will not be notified about the judges’ decisions even if an SASE is enclosed for this purpose.
  • The winner and finalists in each category will be announced on The Malahat's website, Facebook page, and Twitter account in February, 2015.
  • All winners will be interviewed. Interviews will be published on The Malahat's web site and in the March edition of Malahat lite, the magazine's monthly electronic newsletter.
  • Only the winning entries will be published in The Malahat Review’s Spring 2015 issue.

Enter by Email

  • Send entries as an attachment to
  • The subject line must contain the entrant's full name, genre(s), and method of payment. e.g., "John Smith, Poetry, cheque" or "Jane Tucker, Fiction, credit online" or "Jane Doe, CNF, credit mail-in"
  • Entrants must also submit an information sheet as a separate attached file:
    • Entrant's full name
    • Genre of entry
    • Title of entry
    • Word count (2,500 max.) for Fiction/CNF submissions, or line count (100 max.) for Poetry submissions
    • Entrant's mailing address
    • Entrant's email address
    • Method of payment (see How to Pay below)
    • Note: if submitting more than one entry, please include a cover sheet for each entry.
  • Acceptable file formats: Word (.doc and .docx) or pdf

Enter by Regular Mail

  • Provide the following information on a separate sheet:
    • Entrant's full name
    • Genre of entry
    • Title of entry
    • Word count (2,500 max.) for Fiction/CNF submissions, or line count (100 max.) for Poetry submissions
    • Entrant's mailing address
    • Entrant's email address
    • Method of payment (see How to Pay below)
  • Send entries to:
    The Malahat Review
    Open Season Awards
    University of Victoria
    P.O. Box 1700
    Stn CSC
    Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2

    Telephone: 250-721-8524
    Fax: 250-472-5051

How to Pay

You can pay online or, if you're mailing your entry, enclose payment with it.

Online Payment

  • After paying by credit card, please print a copy of the receipt for your records.
  • We will match your payment with your entry by your name. If there is any doubt, we will contact you to confirm your receipt number.
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Mail-In Payment

  • By Cheque or Money Order: Enclose a cheque or money order, made out to The Malahat Review, in Canadian or US funds with your entry.
  • By Credit Card: Complete our Credit Card Payment Form and enclose it with your entry.

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