Associate Editors Hired

We're very excited to announce that our new Associate Editors have been hired! We will be joined by dee Hobsbawn-Smith as our Associate Poetry Editor, and Terry Jordan as our Associate Fiction and Nonfiction Editor. We're looking forward to working together to continue to publish outstanding, provocative work in Grain.

We will be celebrating the coming Winter issue of Grain as well as the new editorial team at a launch event on Wednesday, January 31st at 7 pm at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Saskatoon. There will be readings from the new issue by contributor Bruce Rice, as well as the new editorial team, and readings from past editorial team members, Sheri Benning and David Carpenter.

 Grain is grateful to its funders, Saskatchewan Lotteries, SaskCulture, and Canada Council for the Arts, and for the financial support from its individual donors and benefactors.

New Grain Editor Announced

The Grain Advisory Committee is delighted to announce the appointment of Nicole Haldoupis of Saskatoon as Grain Editor.

Photo: C. Isa Lausas

Photo: C. Isa Lausas

Nicole Haldoupis is a writer from Toronto. She’s a co-creator, editor, and designer at untethered. She lives in Saskatoon where she works at Thistledown Press, and as a member of the editorial board at JackPine Press. Her work can be found in The Feathertale Review, (parenthetical), Sewer Lid, The Quilliad, the Tonight It's Poetry anthology, Poetry All Over the Floor, and Food works: plums in the icebox, a chapbook by Dogpatch Press that contains food poems by twenty-three Saskatchewan poets.

Nicole's first task will be the selection of Associate Editors. A reception to introduce the Grain Editorial team is in the planning stages. Please watch for upcoming information in our news feeds!

Call for Grain Associate Editors

Grain, the SWG’s journal of eclectic writing, requires two Associate Editors — one for poetry and one for fiction/nonfiction — for a one-year 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 Associate Editor will review respective submissions in their genres for each of the issues published four times a year, and will work collaboratively with the Editor to meet publication deadlines.

The Grain 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 January 1, 2018.

Please forward your resume, along with a cover letter and references, to Nicole Haldoupis, Grain Editor c/o with the subject line: Grain Associate Editor and whether you are applying for fiction/nonfiction or poetry.

Applications for the position must be received by November 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

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.