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: $1000
Entries due every May 1 (emailed or postmarked)
As a complement 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. Winning entries appear in the Autumn issue.
Prize money: $1000
Entries due every August 1 (emailed or postmarked)
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: $4500
Entries due every November 1 (emailed or postmarked)
Writers are encouraged to enter The Malahat Review’s newest contest in three categories: poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction. Winning entries are published in the Spring issue.
Prize money: $2000 (Long Poem) and $1500 (Novella)
Entries due every February 1 (emailed or postmarked)
The Malahat's oldest contests are offered every other year, with Long Poem entries accepted in odd-numbered years and Novella entries accepted in even-numbered years. The winning entry appears in the Summer issue.
Past Malahat Contests...
Prizes: poetry books donated by Canadian presses
In 2016, to mark our fourth-annual literary symposium, WordsThaw, we partnered with the Greater Victoria Public Library, Planet Earth Poetry and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society to stage the Twitter First Line Contest.
This contest ran from February 21 to March 18. Entrants were invited to come up with the first line of a sonnet, 140 characters or less—iambic and exactly ten syllables long—then tweet it to #140firstline. Book prizes were awarded each week, with poet and essayist Molly Peacock as judge.
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.