Queer Perspectives

Call for Submissions

The Malahat Review invites writers identifying as LGBTQ2S? to submit their work for consideration for an issue celebrating contemporary queer writing in Canada.

To be published in January 2019, “Queer Perspectives” will celebrate the aesthetics, concerns, contributions, and achievements of queer writers living in Canada, recognizing their crucial role in providing a truly complete picture of what it is like to be alive in this country in the past, future, and especially today. Submissions are welcome from all LGBTQ2S? writers. All aspects of diversity and inclusivity welcomed and encouraged.

Guest editors Ali Blythe, Trevor Corkum, and Betsy Warland are interested in considering submissions of exciting contemporary LGBTQ2S? writing by poets, short-story, and creative-nonfiction authors whose work makes vivid and particular their experience of being alive in the world. (Read more about the guest editors here.)

“Queer Perspectives” emphasizes inclusivity, diversity, and trust. Rather than the guest editor each reading and selecting for a single genre in isolation, they will work collaboratively, bringing to bear their expertise and insights into queer writing on all submissions irrespective of genre.

The Malahat Review acknowledges that it is a guest on the unceded territory of the Coast and Straits Salish peoples. It acknowledges with respect the lands, waters, people, and ancestors of the Lkwungen-speaking peoples whose connection to and stewardship of these lands and waters remain unbroken to this day.

Submission Guidelines

  • Poetry submissions may consist of three to five previously unpublished poems on any subject and in any style.
  • Submissions of previously unpublished short fiction may be up to 6,000 words in length, on any subject or any style. Unless the stories are very short (i.e., less than 1000 words long each), no submission may consist of more than one story.  
  • Previously unpublished submissions of creative nonfiction may range from 1,000 to 6,000 words in length on any subject or in any style.
  • If you feel your literary work falls outside these three categories, please feel free to send a query to the editor at malahat@uvic.ca. Your query will be forwarded to the appropriate guest editor.
  • The Malahat Review seldom publishes unsolicited book reviews. Please query first.
  • Eligible writers must self-identify as LGBTQ2S? and be Canadians, Canadian residents, or Canadian expatriates.
  • Language of composition: All submissions must be written in English or translated into English.
  • Works by eligible writers in all genres translated into English, including from French, an Indigenous language, or any of Canada’s unofficial languages, will be considered. Translators may be LGBTQ2S? or not LGBTQ2S? When submitting a translated work, please include a copy of the original text and a copy of a letter of permission from the author or copyright holder and/or first-language publisher.
  • Contact information (full name, mailing address, and email address) must appear on the first page of all submissions.
  • All submissions must be paginated.
  • Poetry submissions must be single-spaced; fiction and creative nonfiction submissions must be double-spaced.
  • For fiction and creative nonfiction, please include the word count on the first page of your submission.
  • All submissions must be sent to The Malahat Review at lgbtmala@uvic.ca.
  • No submissions in any genre sent by regular mail will be considered.   
  • Preferred file formats: doc, docx, and pdf.
  • Poetry submissions must be saved in a single file; please do not submit each poem in your submission in a separate file.
  • For all genres, please include your cover letter as the first page of your submission.
  • Previous publication is considered to be any appearance in print or online, including on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, e-book, website, thesis/open-source academia, electronic magazine, personal blog, Twitter, Facebook, or other social-media platform. 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.
  • The Malahat Review discourages simultaneous submissions.
  • The Malahat Review pays an honorarium of $60 per printed page.


Queries*: malahat@uvic.ca

Submission Deadline Extended: July 19, 2018