Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction (contest now closed)

Far Horizons Award

This contest is now closed. Check back here in mid-February 2023!

The Malahat Review invites emerging short-story writers to enter the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction, for which one prize of $CAN 1,000 is awarded. 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. The contest is open to Canadian and international writers anywhere in the world, with a final deadline of 11:59pm (PDT) on 5 May 2021. All entries are judged anonymously, and the winning story will be published in the magazine's fall 2021 issue. As a complement to the Novella and Long Poem prizes, the Far Horizons Awards are short-form contests, with the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction given during odd years and the Far Horizons Award for Poetry in even years. 

*Mailed or emailed contest submissions are no longer accepted. Please read the instructions below to find out how to submit your contest entries through Submittable.*

2021 Deadline

The deadline for the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction contest is May 5, 2021 at 11:59pm PDT.

Read about our 2019 winner: Jason Jobin.


Meet the judge for the 2021 contest:

  • Francine Cunningham

Get inspired! Read an interview with Francine Cunningham to find out what she's looking for in a winning story.

Book Prize

In addition to the $1000 prize, we're giving away books to one lucky contest entrant! All you have to do is submit your work to the contest, and you'll be automatically entered to win the book prize.

Far Horizons Award Book Prize

The Hush Sisters by Gerard Collins
Adam's Tree by Gloria Mehlmann
Travellers May Still Return by Michael Kenyon
Even Weirder Than Before by Susie Taylor


  • 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 Award contest. You are, however, welcome to enter your work in our Open Season Awards.
  • The story must not exceed 3,500 words. Please include a word count on the first page of your story.
  • There are no restrictions on subject matter or aesthetic approach.
  • All entries are judged anonymously (no identifying information is to be included on any story submitted).
  • Multiple entries are allowed (at a reduced fee, if paid for at the same time as the initial entry: see Entry FeesAdditional Entries, and How to Submit below).

Entry Fee

  • $CAN 25 for each entry from Canada
  • $CAN 30 for each entry from the USA
  • $CAN 35 for each entry from elsewhere
  • $CAN 15 for each additional entry (any writer, any country)
  • See How to Pay (below) for detailed instructions.
  • Entrants receive, for themselves or a friend, a one-year print subscription to The Malahat Review (for the initial entry only; no subscriptions are available for additional entries made along with the initial entry). Digital subscriptions and digital/print bundle subscriptions are not available through any of the magazine's contests. 

Additional Entries

  • To receive the reduced entry fee(s) of $CAN 15.00, any additional entries must be paid for at the same time as the first entry; such additional entries should be submitted online within 24 hours of the initial submission. The same guidelines apply to additional entries as to the initial submission.

Eligible Entries

  • No work already published (even if only excerpted, or even if revised since original publication), already accepted for publication, or simultaneously submitted elsewhere is eligible for consideration. The Malahat Review considers any appearance in print or online to be a publication, whether the form of publication be a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, personal website or blog, Twitter, Facebook, or other suchlike forum for public circulation. This restriction on eligibility applies regardless of the size of the print run or the extent of the circulation of previously published work.
  • Failure to comply with these criteria for eligibility will immediately disqualify any entry, regardless of when the ineligiblity is discovered in the process of adjudication (submission, processing, screening, shortlisting, final judging). The entry fee for a disqualified entry will not be refunded, and the entrant will still receive a one-year subscription to the magazine.


  • The winner will be notified by email. Other entrants will not be notified of the judge’s decisions.
  • The shortlisted finalists will be announced in early July 2021 on The Malahat Review's website and social media accounts. The winner will be announced a week later. The winner will be interviewed, and the interview will be published subsequently on The Malahat Review's website, and in the October or November 2021 edition of Malahat lite, the magazine's monthly e-newsletter.
  • The winning entry will be published in the fall 2021 issue of The Malahat Review.

How to Pay

  • Payment must be made online through The Malahat Review Store (if you do not have a credit card, you can pay by cheque or money order: see below).
  • Unless you are paying by cheque or money order, you must pay the entry fees before making your submission, since you must include your ORDER # with your submission.
  • If you are unable to pay by credit card, you can mail a cheque or money order (made out to The Malahat Review) in $CAN or $US to The Malahat Review, McPherson Library, University of Victoria, PO Box 1800, Stn CSC, Victoria, BC, V8W 3H5, Canada.
  • If paying by cheque or money order, you must indicate "cheque" or "money order" as required on the submission form.
  • Online payments will not be accepted after the contest deadline (if you have any problems with such payment, please write to Payment by cheque or money order must be mailed with a postmark date of no later than 5 May 2021.
  • Go to our online store to pay your contest fee(s).

How to Submit

  • Only online submissions made through The Malahat Review's Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction portal on the Submittable website will be accepted.
  • Acceptable file formatsWord (.doc or .docx) or PDF only.
  • If paying by credit card, you must pay before you submit, since you will be asked to provide your ORDER # with the submission of each entry.
  • If paying by cheque or money order, you will be asked to specify which form of payment with the submission of each entry.
  • You can make only one entry at a time on the Submittable webpage; to submit additional entries, whether at the reduced rate (paid for at the same time) or at a standard rate, simply follow the same process as with the initial submission (the ORDER # will be the same for additional entries paid for at the same time as the initial submission; it will be different for an entry or entries made at a later date, since these require the full fee).
  • You can save a draft of your submission before clicking on the "SUBMIT" button (at the bottom of the page on Submittable) to make the actual submission. Once you're ready to submit and all info is filled in, click the "SUBMIT" button on the last page on Submittable.

Click the "Submit" image below and follow the instructions in order to submit to the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction contest on Submittable:


Previous Winners