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Grain Volume 40 No 2, Winter 2013

“Gifted” (40.2) asks what’s the difference between good literature and exceptional literature. What is the difference between the mundane and the mystical? In content and form, the work in “Gifted” looks beyond the norms and stretches into the mythical. Writers in this issue dare to experiment with form, dare to raise the dead, create life, give birth. Featuring the winners of the 2012 Short Grain contest, judged by Lawrence Hill and rob mclennan, and artwork from the whimsical Tamara Bond. New writing by Andrea MacPherson, Laisha Rosnau, and Anne Pierson Wiese.

poetry judge: rob mclennan
1st Prize—“something like being” (five flights for rafi) Sean Howard
2nd Prize—“injun” Jordan Abel
3rd Prize—“Gullywash” Kate Marshall Flaherty

fiction judge: Lawrence Hill
1st Prize—“The Valley” Susan Mersereau
2nd Prize—“The Boy Who Flew” Madeline Sonik
3rd Prize—“Giraffe; Iguana; Bird; Human” Alexandra Sadinoff

Editor: Rilla Friesen 
Art Editor / Designer: Betsy Rosenwald
Associate Fiction & Nonfiction Editor: Kim Aubrey
Associate Poetry Editor: Adam Pottle
Proofreader: Jon Martin Watts
Business Administrator: Robin Mowat

Cover Image: Tamara Bond, I Found You In the Middle of Nowhere (2009), mixed media drawing

Contributors: André Babyn, Chase Baird, Jonathan Ball, Emily Carr, Chris Donahoe, Matthew Gwathmey, Bill Howell, Doretta Lau, Joanna Lilley, Susan Lorimer, Sandra Ridley, Steven Ray Smith, J. J. Steinfeld.