Far Horizons Award for Poetry
(contest now closed)

Far Horizons Award for Poetry 2020

This contest is now closed. Please check back in February 2022!

The Malahat Review invites emerging poets to enter the Far Horizons Award for Poetry, for which one prize of $CAN 1,000 is awarded. Eligible authors have yet to publish their poetry 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 8 May 2020. All entries are judged anonymously, and the winning poem will be published in the magazine's fall 2020 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 Poetry given during even years and the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction in odd years. 

Poets contributing to The Malahat Review have won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize.

*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.*

2020 Deadline

The deadline for the Far Horizons Award for Poetry contest is May 8, 2020 at 11:59pm PDT.

Read about Emily Osborne, our 2018 winner.


Meet the judge for the 2020 contest:

Read an interview with Yusuf to find out what he's looking for in a winning poem.

Book Prize

In addition to the $1000 prize, we're giving away a book prize 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. After the deadline, we'll pull one name from the list of submitters.

Far Horizons Poetry book prize

Ledi by Kim Trainor
Book*hug Press, 2018

Braille Rainbow by Mike Barnes
Biblioasis, 2019

Hope Matters by Lee Maracle, Columpa Bobb, Tania Carter
Book*hug Press, 2019

PERFACT by Nicole Raziya Fong
Talonbooks, 2019


  • Eligible writers have yet to publish their poetry in book form and may submit up to three poems per entry.
  • Writers who have self-published a book of poetry are considered to have published their poetry 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.
  • Each poem must not exceed 60 lines, excluding spaces between stanzas. Please include a line count on the first page of each poem.
  • There are no restrictions on subject matter or aesthetic approach.
  • All entries are judged anonymously (no identifying information is to be included on any poem 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 2020 on The Malahat Review's website and social media pages. 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 2020 edition of Malahat lite, the magazine's monthly e-newsletter.
  • The winning entry will be published in the fall 2020 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 8 May 2020.
  • 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 Poetry 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).
  • *Optional* You can save a draft of your submission on Submittable before clicking on the final "SUBMIT" button.

Click on the button below and follow the instructions in order to submit to the Far Horizons Award for Poetry contest on Submittable:


Previous Winners