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The Malahat Review

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One of Canada's leading literary journals, featuring poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and book reviews.

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  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    9 months*
    Editor reported data
    103 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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PaysCA$70 per page

Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors

    yes, copies + subscription

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 8000 words max

Max words: 8000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: CA$ 70 per page

A single submission of up to 8,000 words OR one to three shorter fictions of up to 750 words each. Submissions by international writers are accepted during the following four months: March and April, and September and October.

Fiction - 750 words max

Max words: 750

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: CA$ 70 per page

Nonfiction - 5000 words max

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Payment: CA$ 70 per page

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 or to offer an opinion or commentary on someone or something.

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Payment: CA$ 70 per page


Max pieces: 5

Payment: CA$ 70 per page

Three to five poems (up to 10 pages max). Submissions by international writers are accepted during the following six months: January and February, May through July, and November.


Payment: CA$ 70 per 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.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • 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.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    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.

  • Author's rights

    We purchase first world serial print and digital rights for publication in English; copyright remains with the author.

  • Additional info

    We read submissions from Canadian writers all year. Because we receive so many submissions, we accept work from international writers only during certain months, depending on the genre We pay CAD$70 per published page plus a one-year print subscription and two copies of the issue in which your work appears.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

103 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

12 days

Fastest response time

529 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 642 days, 1315 days, 766 days

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12-month average acceptance rate

103 days

12-month average response time

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The Malahat Review, established in 1967, is among Canada’s leading literary journals. Published quarterly, it features contemporary Canadian and international works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction as well as reviews of recently published Canadian poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction....

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    Iain Higgins


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    L'Amour Lisik

    Managing Editor