Contests

Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction (deadline May 1)

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites emerging short-story writers from Canada and abroad to enter the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction.

Eligible authors have yet to publish their fiction in book form (a book is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). One prize of $1,000 (CAD) is awarded. Authors contributing to The Malahat Review have won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction, the Pushcart Prize, and the Journey Prize.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email. When submitting by email, please ensure you include a cover letter with relevant contact details (more below under Enter by Email); do not simply put this information in the body of the email. We also ask that no personal or contact information is written anywhere on submission itself.

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

2017 Contest Information

This year's contest deadline is May 1. Submissions will be accepted starting early February.

Judge

TBA

2015 Winner

Read about Mark Rogers, Far Horizons Fiction Award winner in 2015.

Guidelines

  • Eligible writers have yet to publish their fiction in book form and may submit one short story per entry.
  • Writers who have self-published a book of fiction are considered to have published their fiction in book form and are therefore ineligible to enter the Far Horizons Awards. You are, however, welcome to enter your work in our Open Season Awards.
  • The story must not exceed 3,500 words. Please double space your work.
  • Entry fee required:
    • $25 CAD for Canadian entries;
    • $30 US for American entries;
    • $35 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.
    • see How to Pay below
    • $15 CAD for any additional entries, no limit
  • Entrants receive a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review for themselves or a friend.
  • Entries already published, accepted, or submitted elsewhere are ineligible. Should Malahat discover that an entry it has received fails to satisfy this criterion, it will be immediately disqualified, no matter at what point it has arrived at—submission processing, screening, shortlisting, or final judging—in the adjudication process. Should an entry be disqualified, the entry fee will not be reimbursed; the entrant, however, will still receive his or her one-year subscription to the magazine.

  • 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.
  • Entrants’ anonymity is preserved throughout the judging. Contact information (including an email address) should not appear on the submission.
  • The winner will be notified via email.
  • Entrants will not be notified about the judges’ decisions even if an SASE is enclosed for this purpose.
  • The winner and finalists will be announced on The Malahat Review's website and Facebook page, with the publication of only the winning entry appearing in the Fall 2017 issue.
  • The winner will be interviewed. The interview will appear on our website and in Malahat lite, the magazine’s e-newsletter, in September 2017.
  • No entries will be returned, even if accompanied by an SASE.

Enter by Email

  • Send entries as an attachment to horizons@uvic.ca
  • The subject line must contain the entrant's full name and method of payment. e.g., "John Smith cheque" or "Jane Tucker credit online" or "Jane Doe credit mail-in"
  • Entrants must also submit an information sheet as a separate attached file (do not put this information in the body of the email):
    • Entrant's full name
    • Title of entry
    • Word count for entry
    • Entrant's mailing address
    • Entrant's email address
    • Method of payment (see How to Pay below)
    • How you heard about the contest (for future promotion)
    • Whether you wish to receive Malahat lite, our monthly e-newsletter, for updates on literary contests, events, interviews, exclusive offers and more
  • Note: if submitting more than one entry, a single cover sheet is OK.
  • 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
    • Title of entry
    • Word count for the entry
    • Entrant's mailing address
    • Entrant's email address
    • Method of payment (see How to Pay below)
    • How you heard about the contest (for future promotion)
    • Whether you wish to receive Malahat lite, our monthly e-newsletter, for updates on literary contests, events, interviews, exclusive offers and more
  • Send entries to:
    The Malahat Review
    Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction
    University of Victoria
    P.O. Box 1700
    Stn CSC
    Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2
    Canada

    Email: horizons@uvic.ca
    Telephone: 250-721-8524
    Fax: 250-472-5051

How To Pay

  • You can pay online or, if mailing your entry, enclose payment with it.

Pay Online

  • 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.
Add to Cart (payment option will be open in early February 2017)

Pay by Mail

  • 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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