We're very excited to announce the winners of the 30th annual Short Grain Contest!
We'd like to thank Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg for their ongoing support, which has enabled us to continue to hold this contest.
We'd also like to thank our 2018 judges, Canisia Lubrin (poetry) and Rawi Hage (fiction), for their attentive reading and expertise in choosing this year's winners.
First place: “Starting a Religion” by Francine Cunningham
Second place: “Raymond’s Old Man” by Ted McInnis
Third place: “If Only” by Francene Gillis
“The Death of Xavier” by Michael Holtzman
“Super Reader” by Bill Stenson
First place: “To The Men Who Would Have Killed Me” by Lauren Turner
Second place: “Not Enough Hallelujahs” by Nicole Lachat
Third place: “I felt a first communion in my brain” by Annick MacAskill
“Arachnophobia” by Nolan Natasha Pike
“Letter to K from Žižkov” by Alison Braid
The six winning entries will be published in the Fall issue of Grain.
Congratulations to all of the winners and honourable mentions! We look forward to receiving submissions for next year's contest.