This contest is now closed. Check back here in mid-August 2023!

The Malahat Review invites entries for its annual Open Season Awards in:

  • poetry
  • short fiction
  • creative nonfiction

The contest is open to Canadian and international writers anywhere in the world.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: 11:59pm (PST) on November 8, 2022

The winner in each category will receive a prize of CAD $2,000 and be published in the magazine's spring 2023 issue #222.

Entries accepted via Submittable only. (See below for instructions.)

Contest Judges

Meet the judges:

Book Prizes

In addition to the three $2,000 prizes, we're giving away book prizes to three lucky contest entrants! All you have to do is submit your work to the contest, and you'll be automatically entered to win. After the deadline, we'll pull three names from the list of entrants.


  • poetry: up to 3 poems only per entry, no individual poem more than 100 lines long (line count must be given for each poem; all poems must be submitted in a single document).

  • short fiction: 1 story only per entry, no more than 2,500 words in length (word count must be given at the top of the first page).

  • creative nonfiction: 1 piece only per entry, no more than 2,500 words in length (word count must be given at the top of the first page).

  • All entries are judged anonymously (no identifying information is to be included on any poem, story, or nonfiction piece submitted).

  • Multiple entries are allowed (at a reduced fee, if paid for at the same time as the initial entry: see Entry Fees and How to Submit below).

  • Entrants may submit work in more than one genre (for further information see Additional Entries below).

Entry Fees

          • CAD $35 for each entry from Canada *early bird discount until Sep. 30, 2022: CAD $20

          • CAD $45 for each entry from elsewhere *early bird discount until Sep. 30, 2022: CAD $30

          • CAD $10 for each additional entry (any writer, any country)

          • See How to Pay (below) for detailed instructions.

  • Entrants receive a one-year print subscription to The Malahat Review for the initial entry only.

Additional Entries

  • To receive the reduced entry fee(s) of CAD $10, any additional entries must be paid for at the same time as the first entry; such additional entries should be submitted online within 24 hours of the initial submission.

  • Additional entries may be submitted in any genre (e.g., an initial entry in poetry may be accompanied by an additional entry or entries in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction).

Eligible Entries

  • No work simultaneously submitted elsewhere, already published, or already accepted for publication is eligible for consideration (even if only excerpted, or even if revised since original publication). We consider any appearance in print or online to be a publication, including newspapers, newsletters, magazines, anthologies, chapbooks, books, websites, blogs, social media, etc. This restriction applies regardless of the size of the print run or the extent of the circulation of previously published work.

  • Failure to comply with these criteria for eligibility will immediately disqualify any entry, regardless of when the ineligiblity is discovered in the process of adjudication (submission, processing, screening, shortlisting, final judging).

  • The entry fee for a disqualified submission will not be refunded, and the entrant will still receive a one-year print subscription to the magazine.


  • The winner in each category will be notified by email.

  • Other entrants will receive notifications of the shortlists and winners via Submittable messages.

  • The finalists in each category will be announced the week of January 9, 2023 on our website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

  • The winners will be announced one week later.

  • All winners will be interviewed, and the interviews will be published on our website, and in the April 2023 edition of Malahat lite.

How to Pay (credit card)

  • Go to our online store to pay your contest fee(s).

  • Payment must be made online through our store before submitting, since you must include your ORDER# with your submission.

  • Online payments will not be accepted after the contest deadline (if you have any problems with such payment, please write to

How to Pay (cheque or money order)

  • If you are unable to pay by credit card, you can mail a cheque or money order made out to The Malahat Review in CAD$ or USD$ to: The Malahat Review, McPherson Library, University of Victoria, PO Box 1800, Stn CSC, Victoria, BC, V8W 3H5, Canada.

  • Instead of an order#, you must indicate "cheque" or "money order" as required on the submission form.

  • Cheques or money orders must be mailed with a postmark date of no later than November 8, 2022.

How to Submit

  • Only online submissions made through The Malahat Review's Open Season Awards portal on the Submittable website will be accepted.

  • Acceptable file formats: Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF only.

  • A single entry is defined as 1 to 3 poems (uploaded in a single  document, maximum 100 lines per poem), or 1 short story or 1 creative  nonfiction piece (maximum 2,500 words in each case).

  • You can make only one entry at a time on the Submittable webpage; to submit additional entries, whether at the reduced rate (paid for at the same time) or at a standard rate, simply follow the same process as with the initial submission (the ORDER # will be the same for additional entries paid for at the same time as the initial submission; it will be different for an entry or entries made at a later date, since these require the full fee).

Click the "Submit" icon below in order to enter the Open Season Awards contest on Submittable:


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