Submit Your Work

Writers at all stages of their careers are welcome to submit their work to The Malahat Review. It publishes poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction by new and established writers mostly from Canada, reviews of Canadian books, and the best writing from abroad.

Special Calls for Submission

Indigenous Perspectives
The Malahat Review invites writers who identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit to submit their poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, to consideration for an issue celebrating contemporary Indigenous literature in Canada, guest-edited by Philip Kevin Paul, Richard Van Camp, and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and to be published in January 2017.  The submission deadline is August 15, 2016. For more information, please review the guidelines for Indigenous Perspectives.

Victoria Past, Victoria Present, Victoria Future
To celebrate its first half-century and to launch itself into its second, The Malahat Review will publish an issue on Victoria writing past, present, and future in Autumn 2017.

Victoria is known nationally and internationally for a remarkably vibrant writing scene that has a depth of accomplishment spanning more than a century, one equalling, if not rivaling the achievements of literary cities…to the east…that are two, three, even ten times its size. The submission deadline is May 15, 2017. For more information, please review the guidelines for the Victoria issue.

Submittable

The Malahat Review accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by Submittable only. Mailed submissions of any genre are no longer being processed; nor will they be returned.

Click below to access our submission platform on Submittable:
Submittable

Queries about the guidelines below may be sent to malahat@uvic.ca.

General Guidelines

Malahat Safer
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 from our website: $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 to the Malahat.

Poetry

The Malahat Review accepts submissions of poetry via Submittable only. Mailed submissions will not be read or processed.

Unsolicited poetry submissions should consist of three to five previously unpublished poems (up to six pages maximum), on any subject and in any style.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.

Please save your submission of poems in a single file that includes your cover letter (as the first page) in a .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf file format.

All the poems must be typed and single-spaced, with each poem starting on a new page. All submissions must be paginated. Your name and contact information should appear on each page.

In the cover letter, include your name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and the title of each poem submited. Please also include a short biographical note either in the body of the letter or on a separate page.

*Read Q&As with poetry board members Jay Ruzesky and Rhonda Batchelor on what they're looking for in submissions.

Excluding any of The Malahat Review’s contests and theme issues, writers may only submit one regular (non-contest) submission of poetry once per year.

Fiction

The Malahat Review accepts submissions of short fiction via Submittable only. Mailed submissions will not be read or processed.

Unsolicited submissions of previously unpublished short fiction may be up to 8,000 words in length. Unless you are submitting flash fiction, no submission may consist of more than one story. Up to three flash fictions may be submitted in one submission, and they must be submitted in a single file. The maximum length for each flash fiction is 750 words.

Please save your short-fiction submission in a single file that includes your cover letter (as the first page) in a .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf file format.

Short-fiction submissions must be typed, paginated, and double-spaced. Your name and contact information should appear on each page.  Please specify the number of words in the story (or stories) submitted.

In the cover letter, include your name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number. Please also include a short biographical note either in the body of the letter or on a separate page.

Excluding any of The Malahat Review’s contests and theme issues, writers may only submit one regular (non-contest) submission of fiction once per year.

*Read a Q&A with fiction board member Iain Higgins on what he's looking for in submissions.

Creative Nonfiction

The Malahat Review accepts submissions of creative nonfiction via Submittable only. Mailed submissions will not be read or processed.

Unsolicited submissions of previously unpublished creative nonfiction may be up to 4,500 words in length. No restrictions as to subject matter or approach apply. Unless the stories are very short (i.e., less than 1,000 words each), no submission may consist of more than one story.

Creative nonfiction is literary writing based in fact. It 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.

The Malahat Review endeavours to reflect the wide array of writing that is today categorized as creative nonfiction and does not advocate any one school or style of narrative. However, we do look for stories strongly based in reality that enlighten or educate the reader via fresh insights, powerful use of language, and compelling storytelling. It is not always enough that the stories have a personal basis—they must move the reader into an apprehension of wider human situations or issues.

Please specify the number of words in each story submitted. (Read the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society's definition of creative nonfiction.)

Please save your creative-nonfiction submission in a single file that includes your cover letter (as the first page) in a .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf file format.

Creative nonfiction submissions must be typed, paginated, and double-spaced. Your name and contact information should appear on each page.  Please specify the number of words in the story (or stories) submitted.

In the cover letter, include your name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number. Please also include a short biographical note either in the body of the letter or on a separate page.

Excluding any of The Malahat Review’s contests and theme issues, writers may only submit one regular (non-contest) submission of creative nonfiction once per year.

*Read a Q&A with creative nonfiction board member Holly Pattison on what she's looking for in submissions.

Other Content

Book Reviews and Criticism

The Malahat Review reviews Canadian-authored books of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction in every issue. Most reviews are 800 to 1,000 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 forms of criticism, including interviews. Samples of previously published work should accompany your query.

Translations

The Malahat Review will consider translations of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. 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.

Submissions of translations must confirm to the guidelines above for the genre in question. They must be sent through Submittable.

Publishing Tips

The Malahat Review posts Publishing Tips as a bimonthly guest column on its website and in Malahat lite. Topics may range from how to write cover letters, to what house style means, to choosing a rhyming dictionary, to having an author photo (as opposed to a selfie) shot.

We pay $50 per tip to appear on our website.

If you have a Publishing Tip you’d like to share, email The Malahat Review at malahat@uvic.ca, with “Publishing Tip Idea” in the subject line.

Tips should be 750 words or less.

Artwork

The Malahat Review never publishes unsolicited artwork on its cover or inside pages.

Policies

How Often May You Submit

Excluding any of The Malahat Review’s contests and theme issues, writers may only submit one regular (non-contest) submission in each genre once per year.

What We Consider Previous Publication

Previous publication is considered to be any appearance in print or online, including on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, e-book, website, electronic magazine, personal blog, Twitter, Facebook, or other social-media platform. 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.

Simultaneous Submission

The Malahat Review discourages simultaneous submissions.

Response Time

Response time will vary depending on the volume of submissions received. Please allow for one to six months for poetry and nine months for fiction and creative nonfiction.

Payment

The Malahat Review purchases first world serial print and digital rights and, upon acceptance, pays $60 CAD per published page plus a one-year subscription starting with the issue after the one in which the accepted work has appeared. Two copies of the issue in which the accepted work has appeared are sent to each contributor. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication.

Authors of Publishing Tips columns are paid an honorarium of $50.

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