2017 Short Grain Winners Announced!

We're excited to announce the winners of the 29th annual Short Grain Contest!

We'd like to thank Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg for their ongoing support of the contest and of Grain over the years, which has enabled us to continue to hold this contest.

We'd also like to thank our judges this year, Zoe Whittall (fiction) and Joe Denham (poetry) for their expertise in choosing this year's winners:


First place: “Union” by Juhyun Tony Bae
Second place: “Naked” by Wayne Yetman
Third place: “Harvest Crescent, Meatball, and the Afternoon Tea” by Chloe Chen


First place: “tidelines (spare poems, main-à-dieu bay)” by Sean Howard
Second place: “Yanko Adrift” by Joseph Kidney
Third place: “Downturn” by Salvatore Difalco

All six of the winning entries will be published in the Fall issue of Grain. Congratulations to all the winners! We look forward to receiving submissions for next year's contest.

We've Reached our Submittable Cap!

Thanks to all those of you sending us your writing! We've reached our Submittable cap for May 2017 and can no longer accept submissions online. To submit your work before our reading period closes on May 31st, please send it by mail and ensure your enveloped is postmarked before the end of May.

Our Submittable form will open again in September with our next reading period.

Call for Grain Guest Associate Editors

Grain, the SWG’s journal of eclectic writing, requires two Guest Associate Editors – one for Poetry and one for Fiction – for a one-issue contract.

The ideal candidate will have previous work experience in the selection and editing of literary manuscripts for publication. Knowledge of the Canadian literary community is expected and familiarity with Can/Lit journal publishing is an asset.

The successful applicant will have experience working creatively as part of a small team. Each Guest Associate Editor will review respective submissions in their genres for the issue, and will work collaboratively with the Guest Editor to meet publication deadlines.

The Grain Guest Associate Editors may reside anywhere in Saskatchewan. Work will be accomplished from their home-based office, with some travel occasionally required for meetings. High speed internet access is required. The candidate will demonstrate an ability to work both independently and in a team setting. In addition to a $750 per issue fee for service contract, expenses related to travel and processing manuscripts will be covered as part of the contract. The contract commences immediately.

Please forward your resume, along with a cover letter and references to Nicole Haldoupis, Grain Guest Editor c/o info@skwriter.com with the subject line: Grain Guest Associate Editor and whether you are applying for Fiction or Poetry.

Applications for the position must be received by June 19, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

Grain Launches Issue 43.4!

To celebrate the launch of our summer issue, and to introduce our new editorial team to the reading public, Grain is hosting a launch party at The Woods Ale House in Saskatoon on Friday, August 26th.

The event's from 7 to 9 pm and will feature door prizes, readings, and trivia. There's no cover charge for the event: it's open to everyone!

Hope to see a packed house!