Award-Winning Writing

National Awards



For more than two decades The Malahat Review has been the recipient of numerous commendations of excellence. The Western Magazine Award Foundation has declared it Magazine of the Year (or a finalist for that award) twelve times. At the 2011 Western Magazine Awards, Malahat authors won gold in fiction, the gold award for best article BC/Yukon, and were finalists in the fiction, student writing, and travel and leisure categories. In the last five years alone, fourteen Malahat authors have featured in the National Magazine Foundation’s roster of finalists, taking home five gold and four silver awards. At the 34th National Magazine Awards, Malahat authors won gold in poetry and one honourable mention in the essay category.

Stories by Malahat writers have won the Writers' Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize seven times. In 2000 Malahat received international attention when Novella Prize winner “The Deep,” by Mary Swan, was awarded the prestigious PEN/O. Henry Prize for the best short fiction published in an American journal.

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We congratulate all our award-winning authors.

Issue 192

2015 Far Horizons Fiction Award
Mark Rogers, "Heaven and Back Again, or The Goddit"
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Issue 191

2015 Long Poem Prize
Gary Geddes, "The Resumption of Play"
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Genevieve Lehr, "The latter half of the third quarter of the waning moon"
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Issue 190

2015 Open Season Award, Poetry
Rebecca Salazar, "synaesthesia"
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2015 Open Season Award, Fiction
Wanda Hurren, "Rain Barrel"
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2015 Open Season Award, Creative Nonfiction
Michael Carson, "The Neanderthal and the Cave"
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Issue 189

2014 Far Horizons Award for Poetry
Laura Ritland, "Vincent in the Dream of Zundert"

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2014 Constance Rooke CNF Prize
Rebecca Foust, "Venn Diagrams"
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Issue 188

Translation Poetry Prize
Donald McGrath, "Elegy Written in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Park"

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Issue 187

2014 Novella Prize
Dora Dueck, "Mask"

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Issue 186

2014 Open Season Award, Poetry
Joelle Barron, "A Girl Like This Might Have Loved Glenn Gould"
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2014 Open Season Award, Fiction
Tajja Isen, "The Anxiety of Influence"
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2014 Open Season Award, Creative Nonfiction
Kelly Cooper, "Ten Easy Steps"
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Issue 185

2013 Constance Rooke CNF Prize
Liz Windhorst Harmer, "Blip"

Issue 184

2013 Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction
Kerry-Lee Powell, "Palace of the Brine"
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Issue 183

2013 Long Poem Prize
Claire Caldwell, "Osteogenesis"
Kim Trainor, "Nothing is Lost"

Issue 182

2013 Open Season Award, Poetry
Lisa Martin-deMoor, "Believing is not the same as Being Saved"
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2013 Open Season Award, Fiction
Carmelinda Scian, "The Butterfly First"
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2013 Open Season Award, Nonfiction
Susan Buis, "The Falling House"
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Issue 181

2012 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize
Carla Funk, "Returning"
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2012 Far Horizons Award for Poetry
Kayla Czaga, "gertrude stein loves a girl"
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Issue 180

2013 Jack Hodgins Award for Fiction
Kris Bertin, "Your #1 Killer & Extra Hands"
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Issue 179

2012 Novella Prize and 2013 Journey Prize Winner
Naben Ruthnum, "Cinema Rex"

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Issue 178

2012 Open Season Award, Fiction
Erin Frances Fisher, "Apiculture"
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2012 Open Season Award, Poetry
J. Mark Smith, “Landscape with petroleum plant and sewage treatment facility”
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2012 Open Season Award, Creative Nonfiction
Tik Maynard, "Buy BENSTON"
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Issue 177

2011 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize
Nominated for a 2011 National Magazine Award in the Personal Journalism category
Winner: "Hoarding" by Anne Marie Todkill
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Nominated for the 2012 McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize
"You Were Loved" by Trevor Corkum
"To Have to Wait" by Kevin Hardcastle

Issue 176

2012 Jack Hodgins Founders' Award
"Witness"by Daniel Karasik

2011 Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction
Winner: "Next Year, For Sure" by Zoey Peterson
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Issue 175

2011 Long Poem Prize
"The Constant Gardener" by Maggie Schwed
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2011 Long Poem Prize
"The Sun Estate" by Julie Joosten
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2011 Norma Epstein Award in Creative Writing
Winner: "Transfer" by Jon Flieger

Issue 174

2011 Open Season Award, Creative Nonfiction
Nominated for a 2011 National Magazine Award in the One of a Kind Category
"How to bury a yellow toque" by Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst
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2011 Open Season Award, Fiction
"The Investment on Dumfries Street" by Philip Huynh
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2011 Open Season Award, Poetry
"Late Summer in Frederick Arm" by Cynthia Woodman Kerkham
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2012 P. K. Page Founders' Award for Poetry
"storm windows" by Patrick Friesen
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Nominated for the 2011 National Magazine Award in the Poetry category
"daughter," "dragging the river," and "storm windows" by Patrick Friesen

Issue 173

2011 Jack Hodgins Founders' Award for Short Fiction
“Girl on the Fire Escape” by Kris Bertin
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2011 Creative Nonfiction Prize
"Intimate Strangers" by Eve Joseph
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Additional distinctions for Eve Joseph's "Intimate Strangers":
Creative Nonfiction Collective's 2011 Readers' Choice Award
Gold Award, Best Article BC/Yukon at the 2011 Western Magazine Awards
Honourable Mention in the essay category at the 34th National Magazine Awards

Winner, Gold in poetry at the 34th National Magazine Awards
“The Body” and “Pearl” by Shane Rhodes

Winner, Gold in fiction at the 2011 Western Magazine Awards
“Sappers Bridge” by Deirdre Dore

Issue 172

2010 Far Horizons Award for Poetry

“Wolf Hunter” by Darren Bifford
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2011 Western Magazine Awards, Finalist in Fiction
“The Fall of Langue d’Occ” by Dede Crane

2011 Western Magazine Awards, Finalist in Travel and Leisure category
“Shadows on a Night Train” by Aparna Sanyal

Issue 171

2010 Novella Prize
“Brains” by Tony Tulathimutte
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2011 P. K. Page Founders' Award for Poetry
“Jetlag,” by Steven Heighton
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Finalist in the student writing category at the 2011 Western Magazine Awards
“Always” by Jessica Kluthe

Issue 170

2010 Open Season Award, Poetry
“You think of Meister Eckhart” by Lorri Neilsen Glenn

2010 Open Season Award, Fiction
Tricia Dower, “Halloween 1955”

2010 Open Season Award, Creative Nonfiction
Melissa Jacques, “Call and Response”

Issue 169

2009 Creative Nonfiction Prize
“Where Sea Meets Sky” by Judy Copeland

2010 Jack Hodgins Founders' Award for Fiction
Honourable mention at the 2010 National Magazine Awards
“The Score Diary of Billy Bishop” by Anna Smith

Issue 168

2010 P. K. Page Founders' Award for Poetry
“White Camellias” by Eve Joseph

2009 Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction
Nominated for 2010 McClelland & Stewart/Writers' Trust Journey Prize
“Ship's Log” by Eliza Robertson

Issue 167

Silver in Poetry at the 2010 National Magazine Awards
“Cullen in Old Age” by P. K. Page

Gold in poetry at the 2010 National Magazine Awards
“Paradise, Later Years”by Marion Quednau

Issue 166

Winner of the 2010 Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Fiction
Nominated for the 2010 Journey Prize
Nominated for a 2010 Western Magazine Award for Fiction
“When in the Field with Her at His Back” by Ben Lof

Gold, Western Magazine Awards, Human Experience Category
“On Atrocity and Grace: A Contrapuntal Vision” by Lindsay Cuff

Issue 164

2008 Far Horizons Award for Poetry
"Travels in Beringia" by Tadzio Richards

Issue 163

2008 Novella Prize
"Dead Man’s Wedding" by Andrew Tibbetts

Issue 161

2007 Creative Nonfiction Prize
"Blindspot" by Vaia Barkas

Issue 160

2007 Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction
"Past Perfect" by Matthew J. Trafford

Issue 155

2006 Novella Prize
"The World of Light Where We Live" by Pauline Holdstock

Issue 152

2005 Far Horizons Contest
Aaron Shepard

Issue 151

2005 Long Poem Contest
"Blue Dahlias" by Margo Button "Abandon" by Harold Rhenisch

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