Contests

Novella Prize 2022

The Malahat Review invites entries for its biennial Novella Prize.

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

Deadline: 11:59pm (PST) on February 1, 2022

One winner will receive a prize of CAD $1,750 and be published in the magazine's summer 2022 issue #219.

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

This contest is offered every second year, alternating with the Long Poem Prize.

Judges

Meet the 2022 contest judges (click on their names to read interviews with them):

Book Prize

We're giving away a book prize to one lucky entrant! 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 one name from the list of entrants.

Novella Book Prize

Cracker Jacks for Misfits by Christine Ottoni
Here Goes Nothing by Eamon McGrath
You Will Love What You Have Killed by Kevin Lambert

Guidelines

  • A single work of fiction per entry, with a minimum length of 10,000 words and maximum length of 20,000 words (word count must be given at the top of the first page).

  • There are no restrictions as to form, subject matter, or aesthetic approach.

  • All entries are judged anonymously (no identifying information is to be included on any work submitted).

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

Entry Fee

  • CAD $35 for each entry from Canada *early bird discount until December 31, 2021: CAD $20

  • CAD $45 for each entry from elsewhere *early bird discount until December 31, 2021: CAD $30

  • CAD $15 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 (no subscriptions are available for additional entries).

Additional Entries

  • To receive the reduced entry fee(s) of CAD $15, 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.

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.

Notification

  • The winner will be notified by email.

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

  • The shortlist will be announced the week of April 4, 2022 on our website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

  • The winner will be announced one week later.

  • The winner will be interviewed, and the interview will be published on ourwebsite, and in the July 2022 edition of Malahat lite.

How to Pay (credit card)

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 Submittable submission form.

  • Cheques or money orders must be mailed with a postmark date of no later than February 1, 2022.

How to Submit

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

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

  • 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 on the "Submit" icon below in order to enter the Novella Prize contest on Submittable:

Submittable

Previous Novella Prize Winners