Submit Your Work


The Malahat Review welcomes submissions of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as translated work in any of these three genres, by new and established writers from Canada and abroad. The best way to know what kinds of work we might publish is to order a print or digital issue or subscribe.

reading periods

Submissions from Canadian writers are accepted for consideration all year. Because we receive so many submissions, those from international (including US) writers are accepted only during certain months, depending on the genre (see below for the guidelines by genre). We also run four contests per year and these have their own separate guidelines. See below for a list of contests or go to our contests page.

response time

We try our best to get back to writers as soon as possible. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, please allow for one to six months for poetry and up to nine months for fiction and creative nonfiction.


We accept submissions via Submittable only. Please submit your work in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Please list the word count (for prose) or line count (for poetry) at the beginning of each piece. For regular submissions, make sure your name and contact info appear on the first page. Contest submissions are judged anonymously—no personal info is to be listed anywhere on your contest document.

Click the Submit icon below to access our submission platform on Submittable:

cover letter

Ensure the name, mailing address, and email linked to your Submittable account are up to date. If any of this info differs, you can leave a note in the cover letter section. Please list the title(s) of the work submitted and include a short bio note.

once per calendar year

Excluding any of our contests and theme issues, we ask that writers submit only once per genre (poetry, fiction, cnf, translations) in each calendar year. Contest submissions are unlimited, provided you pay the contest fee(s).

previous publication

We don’t publish any work that has previously been published, whether in print or online, even if the print run or online audience was small. No work that has been excerpted elsewhere is eligible for submission, nor is any work that has been revised since its original publication.

simultaneous submissions

For regular submissions, please inform us if you’re making a simultaneous submission, and please update us as soon as possible with any changes to the status of your submission. For contests, we don’t accept simultaneous submissions at this time.

poetry—regular submission

Three to five poems (up to 10 pages max). Submissions by international writers are accepted during the following three months: January, February, and May. For contest guidelines, go to the Long Poem Prize, Far Horizons Award for Poetry, or Open Season Awards page.

fiction—regular submission

A single submission of up to 8,000 words for Canadian submitters (up to 4,000 words for stories submitted by international writers) OR one to three shorter fictions of up to 750 words each. Submissions by international writers are accepted during the following two months: April and May. For contest guidelines, go to the Novella Prize, Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction, or Open Season Awards page.

creative nonfiction—regular submission

A single submission of up to 5,000 words OR one to three pieces of up to 1,000 words each. Submissions by international writers are accepted all year. Creative nonfiction is literary writing based in fact; style matters no less than substance, whatever form the writing may take (e.g., the personal essay, memoir, biography, travel writing, historical account). We do not accept submissions whose primary purpose is to argue a case, review a literary or artistic work, or to offer an opinion or commentary on someone or something. For contest guidelines, go to the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize or Open Season Awards page.


Although The Malahat Review publishes work by contemporary writers, we will consider translations of work by past writers who are unknown or little known in the English-speaking world. Please include a copy of the original text and, for work still under copyright, a copy of a letter of permission from the original author and/or first-language publisher. The same limits and rules apply to translation submissions as to other submissions.


We don’t accept unsolicited reviews. If you’re interested in being added to our list of potential reviewers, please email malahatbooks[at] with a sample of previous reviews and a note about which genres/authors/subjects interest you. Due to the limits of space, we normally review work only by Canadian writers and Canadian publishing houses.

payment and copyright

We pay CAD$70 per published page plus a one-year print subscription and two copies of the issue in which your work appears. Contest winners receive a fixed prize instead of a per-page payment (see below for prize amounts). We purchase first world serial print and digital rights for publication in English; copyright remains with the author.