Contests

2016 Novella Prize

We are not currently accepting submissions for this contest. Please check back again in late 2015.

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere for the Novella Prize. One prize of $1,500 CAD is awarded. Previous winning entries have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction and the O. Henry Prize. The Novella Prize is offered every second year, alternating with The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email.

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

2016 Deadline

The deadline for the 2016 Novella Prize is February 1, 2016 (postmark date).

Read about Dora Dueck, our 2014 winner.

Contest Guidelines

  • Enter a single work of fiction, with a minimum length of 10,000 words and maximum length 20,000 words. No restrictions as to genre, subject matter, or aesthetic approach apply. Please double space your work.
  • Entry fee required:
    • $35 CAD for Canadian entries;
    • $40 US for American entries;
    • $45 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.
    • $15 CAD for each additional entry (from anywhere)
    • see How to Pay below
  • Entrants receive a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review for themselves or a friend.
  • Entrants submitting more than one entry receive a one-year subscription for the first entry only.
  • Entries already published, accepted, or submitted elsewhere are ineligible.
  • An entry may include a published excerpt only if it consists of no more than 10% of the total word count. The entrant must indicate where the exerpt originally appeared, how long it is, and where it begins and ends within the entry.
  • 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, but along with the title on an enclosed separate page.
  • No entries will be returned.
  • Entrants will not be notified separately by letter about the judges’ decisions even if a SASE is included for this purpose.
  • The winner will be notified via email.
  • The winner and finalists will be announced on the Malahat website, Facebook page, and Twitter account in April 2016.
  • Only the winning novella will be published in The Malahat Review's Summer 2016 issue.
  • The winner will be interviewed. The interview will appear on The Malahat's web site and in Malahat lite, the magazine's monthly electronic newsletter, in June 2016.

Enter by Email

  • Send entries as an attachment to novella@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:
    • 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)
    • Note: if submitting more than one entry, please include a cover sheet for each entry.
  • 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)
  • Send entries to:
    The Malahat Review
    Novella Prize
    University of Victoria
    P.O. Box 1700
    Stn CSC
    Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2
    Canada

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

How to Pay

You can pay online or, if you're mailing your entry, enclose payment with it.

Online Payment

  • 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.
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Mail-In Payment

  • 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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