The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites emerging short-story writers from Canada and abroad to enter the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction.
Eligible authors have yet to publish their fiction in book form (a book is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). Publication in literary magazines is acceptable. One prize of $1,000 (CAD) is awarded.
2017 Contest Information
This year’s contest deadline is May 1, 2017. Submissions are now open!
- Eligible writers have yet to publish their fiction in book form and may submit one short story per entry.
- Writers who have self-published a book of fiction are considered to have published their fiction in book form and are therefore ineligible to enter the Far Horizons Awards. You are, however, welcome to enter your work in our Open Season Awards.
- The story must not exceed 3,500 words. Please double space your work.
- Entry fee required:
- $25 CAD for Canadian entries;
- $30 US for American entries;
- $35 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.
- see How to Pay below
- $15 CAD for any additional entries, no limit
- Entrants receive a one-year print subscription to The Malahat Review for themselves or a friend. Digital subscriptions or digital/print bundle subscriptions are not available through Malahat contests.
- Entries already published, accepted, or submitted elsewhere are ineligible. Should Malahat discover that an entry it has received fails to satisfy this criterion, it will be immediately disqualified, no matter at what point it has arrived at—submission processing, screening, shortlisting, or final judging—in the adjudication process. Should an entry be disqualified, the entry fee will not be reimbursed; the entrant, however, will still receive his or her one-year subscription to the magazine.
- 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.
- When submitting by email, please ensure you include a cover letter with relevant contact details (more below under Enter by Email); do not simply put this information in the body of the email. We also ask that no personal or contact information is written anywhere on submission itself.
- Entrants’ anonymity is preserved throughout the judging. Contact information (including an email address) should not appear on the submission.
- The winner will be notified via email.
- Entrants will not be notified about the judges’ decisions even if an SASE is enclosed for this purpose.
- The winner and finalists will be announced on The Malahat Review‘s website and Facebook page, with the publication of only the winning entry appearing in the Winter 2017 issue.
- The winner will be interviewed. The interview will appear on our website and in Malahat lite, the magazine’s e-newsletter, in September 2017.
- No entries will be returned, even if accompanied by an SASE.
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