The Malahat Review (Canada)

The Malahat Review publishes poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction by new and established writers from Canada and abroad as well as reviews of Canadian books. They will also consider translations of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.  This is a paying market.

PAYMENT & RIGHTS: We purchase first world serial rights and, upon acceptance, pay $40 CAD per published page plus a one-year subscription. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication.

In alternate years, it runs the Long Poem (two $1,000 prizes) and Novella (one $1,500 prize) Contests and the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction and the Far Horizons Award for Poetry ($1,000). It also holds an annual Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize (one $1,000 prize), as well as the annual Open Season Awards (one $1000 prize in each of three categories: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction).


*Go to the website to read all rules carefully.

NO previously published work, entries via email nor simultaneous submissions will be accepted.

Poetry: Unsolicited poetry submissions should consist of five to ten poems on any subject and in any style. The magazine will often accept several poems by the same author; therefore, please do not limit your submission to a single poem.

Fiction: Unsolicited submissions of short fiction may range in length from 1,200 to 8,000 words. Unless the stories are very short, the editorial board discourages submissions consisting of more than one story. Please specify the number of words in each story submitted.  Very occasionally, it will “tentatively accept” a story of particular promise. With the author’s agreement, a fiction board member will work closely with him or her to revise the story in order to evolve to final publishable form.

Creative Non Fiction: Unsolicited submissions of creative nonfiction may range in length from 1,000 to 3,500 words. No restrictions as to subject matter or approach apply. Creative Nonfiction is literary writing based in fact. It can include, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography, all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

Criticism: There are reviews of Canadian-authored books of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction in every issue. Most reviews are 800 to 1000 words in length. The magazine rarely publishes articles and interviews. Please query first by mail or email since we seldom consider unsolicited book reviews or other criticism. Samples of previously published work should accompany your query.

Response Times: Allow three months for poetry and nine months for fiction and creative nonfiction


All submissions must be typed and paginated. Poetry must be single-spaced; fiction, creative nonfiction, and book reviews must be doubled-spaced. Your name and contact information should appear on each page. Please include a short biographical note typed on a separate page.

Please only submit one genre per envelope.

All submissions and queries must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Submissions or queries without a SASE will not be returned or responded to.

No submission should be stapled or held together with one or more paperclips.

Entries from outside Canada require international response coupons (IRCs) or Canadian postage. Foreign postage, including U.S. stamps, is not acceptable for mailing in Canada. Canadian stamps may be purchased online from Canada Post

What does NOT previously published mean? (Read carefully.)

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.

Mail your submissions to:

The Malahat Review
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700
Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2


Sandra Sealy is Principal Consultant & Writer for Seawoman Creative Media - Her background in public relations in marketing combined with her strong creative writing skills have ably prepared her as a freelance writer/ editor. Sandra covers a number of niches like copy for brochures and websites, advertorials, restaurant and book reviews, press releases, feature and cover stories, pictorial text and more. Sandra's work has been widely anthologised. Some of her writing credits include: CALABASH: A Caribbean Journal of Arts & Letters (USA) ; Arts Etc (Barbados); Her Circle; Caribbean Writing Today (ezine); POUI: The Cave Hill Literary Annual of the University of the West Indies (Barbados); Wedding Guide Barbados; SHE Caribbean Magazine (St. Lucia); Urban Entertainment (USA); In Paradise Magazine:Barbados (Writer/Editor) and the Nation Newspaper (Barbados). Her dèbut spoken-word CD single- "Beauty Of The Bald Head: The Jazzy Spoken-Word Single" (Butterfly Creative Productions/Kolaiah Studios 2003)-was launched on the luxurious Freewinds Cruise Ship in January 2003. The Aquarian was backed by the celebrated Freewinds Band and Dominican singing sensation Michele Henderson. Top Barbadian musicians who also were featured in her CD shared the stage: saxophonist extradordinaire (Chris Harper (founder of "Cool Jazz'); beloved Bajan diva Tamara Marshall and multi-awarding winning Dwain Gill (on trombone). The CD was favourably reviewed in Listen to Seawoman's acclaimed 2-track music set by clicking on the link below. You can read samples of Sandra's work at

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