Regarding Nick Mount's Resignation from The Walrus

Hello everyone,

Some of you may have heard that Nick Mount, the fiction editor for The Walrus, has resigned due to a difference of opinion with the magazine's management. In a nutshell, The Walrus' management wanted a more family-oriented magazine, and did not appreciate fiction pieces that featured bestiality with an owl or used the words "crap" and "orgasm." For more information, the Globe and Mail has published an article on the matter:

We at Grain support Nick Mount's decision to resign, for we see it as a way of defending the right of writers to be provocative. We have certainly published provocative pieces in our magazine in the past, and we will continue to do so. We stand by our mandate to publish challenging, provocative, and entertaining writing, and we ask our readers to support Nick Mount and what we see as the cause of honest, gritty writing.

We'd like to draw your attention to an online journal called CRAP ORGASM, which was formed in direct response to The Walrus' decision. Please take a gander:

Don't forget to purchase Grain's latest issue, featuring provocative work by Paul Carlucci, Ruth Pierson, and artist David Garneau.

Thank you, everyone.

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!

Short Grain Winners Announced!

The winners of the Short Grain Contest have been selected!

Before we announce them, we'd like to thank Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg for sponsoring this contest for the past twenty-seven years. They are true patrons of the written word, and we appreciate their support.

We'd also like to thank our judges, Triny Finlay (poetry) and Greg Hollingshead (fiction), for their enthusiasm, expertise, and intelligence.

The winners are


First place - "Dad Now and Then" by Chris Masterman
Second place - "Six Animal Tales" by Patricia Young
Third place - "Spoiled Rice" by Sang Kim


First place - "Matryoshka, Nesting Doll" by Susan Alexander
Second place - "Elegy on Loop" by Alycia Pirmohamed
Third place - "Interrogation Log" by Steve McOrmond

All six 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.

Associate Editors Hired

I'm excited to announce that Sheri Benning and Nicole Haldoupis have joined us as the Associate Poetry and Fiction Editors. I have no doubt the three of us will make a formidable editing team. Working together, our mandate will be to publish excellent, provocative work, and reinvigorate Grain's presence in the Saskatchewan and Canadian literary communities. Keep your eyes and calendars open for Grain events in the near future, at which Sheri, Nicole, and I will introduce ourselves and happily speak with readers and writers.

—Adam Pottle, Grain Editor