The Malahat Review: Submission Guidelines

Written by Ella Peary | December 3, 2015

The Malahat Review is a Canadian literary quarterly publishing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, reviews, interviews, and essays from Canada and abroad. Established in 1967, this long-running journal is among Canada’s most essential reads. The Malahat Review publishes all styles of writing—they simply seek to promote excellent literature.  They aim to support emerging writers, especially those from Canada, by publishing budding new voices alongside established authors. They also hope to raise interest in Canadian writing by publishing critical commentary. You can get a sense of what they publish by reading their newsletter, Malahat lite, or by reading reviews and interviews online.

The Malahat Review is published in print, and each of the four annual issues contains work from about 25 authors.  They accept submissions year-round, and submitting writers can expect a response within about one to two months. The Malahat Review aims to publish the most current literature, so they rarely delay publication of accepted work by more than one issue.

Poets may submit three to five poems, or up to six pages of poetry. The Malahat Review often publishes two or more poems by the same author, so poets should submit more than one poem. Fiction writers may submit one short story, up to 8,000 words. If the stories are shorter than 1,000 words, fiction writers may submit more than one story. Nonfiction writers may submit one piece of creative nonfiction—personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, travel writing, historical account, biography, social commentary, and such—up to 4,500 words. If the works are shorter than 1,000 words, nonfiction writers may submit more than one piece. Writers in all genres may also submit translations accompanied by the original text and a letter of permission from the original author. Writers submitting translations should follow the genre guidelines listed above. Writers may query via email about submitting reviews of Canadian-authored books, interviews, or other forms of criticism.

Authors may also submit publishing tips addressed to writers for Malahat’s bimonthly online column.  Articles about publishing, 750 words or fewer, can be submitted via email. The Malahat Review pays $50 for articles published in the column.

The Malahat Review accepts submissions online, but not via post or email. They accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that writers withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work.

If you’d like to learn more or submit to The Malahat Review, please visit their website at http://www.malahatreview.ca/submission_guidelines.html#general