Novella Prize 2024

This contest is now closed. Check back here in mid-November 2025!

The Malahat Review invites writers to enter its biennial Novella Prize.

The contest is open to Canadian and international writers anywhere in the world.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: 11:59pm (PST) on February 5, 2024

One winner will receive a prize of CAD $2,000 and be published in the magazine's summer 2024 issue #227.

Entries accepted via Submittable only. (See below for instructions.)

This contest is offered every second year, alternating with the Long Poem Prize.


Meet the 2024 contest judges:

Read interviews with them by clicking their names. Find out what they're looking for in a winning entry, what the novella means to them, and info on their upcoming projects.

Book Prize

We're giving away a book prize to one lucky 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 entrants.


  • A single work of fiction per entry, with a minimum length of 10,000 words and maximum length of 20,000 words (word count must be given at the top of the first page).

  • There are no restrictions as to form, subject matter, or aesthetic approach.

  • All entries are judged anonymously (no identifying information is to be included on any work submitted).

  • Multiple entries are allowed (at a reduced fee, if paid for at the same time as the initial entry: see Entry Fee and How to Submit below).

Entry Fee

  • CAD $35 for each entry from Canada *early bird discount until December 31, 2023: CAD $20

  • CAD $45 for each entry from elsewhere *early bird discount until December 31, 2023: CAD $30

  • CAD $15 for each additional entry (any writer, any country)

  • See How to Pay (below) for detailed instructions.

  • Entrants receive a one-year print subscription to The Malahat Review for the initial entry only (no subscriptions are available for additional entries).

Additional Entries

  • To receive the reduced entry fee(s) of CAD $15, 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.

Eligible Entries

  • No work simultaneously submitted elsewhere, already published, or already accepted for publication is eligible for consideration (even if only excerpted, or even if revised since original publication). We consider any appearance in print or online to be a publication, including newspapers, newsletters, magazines, anthologies, chapbooks, books, websites, blogs, social media, etc. This restriction 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 submission will not be refunded, and the entrant will still receive a one-year print subscription to the magazine.


  • The winner will be notified by email.

  • Other entrants will receive notifications of the shortlists and winners via Submittable messages.

  • The shortlist and winner will be announced in April 2024 on our website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

  • The winner will be interviewed, and the interview will be published on our website, and in the July 2024 edition of Malahat lite.

How to Pay (credit card)

  • Go to our online store to pay your contest fee(s).

  • Payment must be made online through our store before submitting, since you must include your ORDER# with your submission.

  • Online payments will not be accepted after the contest deadline (if you have any problems with such payment, please write to

How to Pay (cheque or money order)

  • If you are unable to pay by credit card, you can mail a cheque or money order made out to The Malahat Review in CAD$ or USD$ to: The Malahat Review, Clearihue Bldg, University of Victoria, PO Box 1700, Stn CSC, Victoria, BC, V8W 2Y2, Canada.

  • Instead of an order#, you must indicate "cheque" or "money order" as required on the Submittable submission form.

  • Cheques or money orders must be mailed with a postmark date of no later than February 5, 2024.

How to Submit

  • Only online submissions made through The Malahat Review's Novella Prize portal on the Submittable website will be accepted.

  • Acceptable file formats: Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF only.

  • 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).

Click on the "Submit" icon below in order to enter the Novella Prize contest on Submittable:


Previous Novella Prize Winners