Monday, December 7, 2009
The Malahat Review, novella contest
P.O. Box 1700, Stn CSC
Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2
Established in 1967, The Malahat Review is Canada's most prestigious literary journal. It publishes poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction by new and established writers from Canada and abroad as well as reviews of Canadian books.
For more than two decades The Malahat Review has been the recipient of numerous commendations of excellence. In the last five years alone, twenty-two Malahat authors have featured in the National Magazine Foundation’s roster of finalists, taking home three gold and six silver awards. Stories by Malahat writers have won the McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize six times. In 2000 Malahat received international attention when Novella Prize winner “The Deep,” by Mary Swan, was awarded the prestigious O. Henry Prize for the best short fiction published in an American journal.
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.
Unsolicited submissions of short fiction may range in length from 1,200 to 8,000 words.
Unsolicited submissions of creative non-fiction may range in length from 1,000 to 3,500 words. No restrictions as to subject matter or approach apply. For example, a submission may be personal essay, memoir, cultural criticism, nature writing, or literary journalism.
Complete guidelines here: http://www.malahatreview.ca/submission_guidelines.html
In altenate years, The Malahat Review runs the Long Poem and Novella contests, and the poetry and fiction categories of the Far Horizons Award. It also holds an annual Creative Non-fiction Contest, as well as the annual Open Season Awards (one $1000 prize in each of three categories: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction).
Currently, the Malahat Review is inviting entries for the Novella Prize. One prize of $500 is awarded, plus payment at the rate of $40 per printed page upon publication. Previous winning entries have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction and the O. Henry Prize.
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.
Entry fee: $35 for Canadian entries, includes a one-year subscription to the Malahat Review.
Deadline: February 1, 2010.
Complete contest guidelines: http://www.malahatreview.ca/novella_contest/info.html
Note: For information about all the annual writing contests in Canada, order The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar. Details here.
For information about Brian Henry's writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.