Submission Guidelines

Grain is now accepting submissions from September 1st, 2016 to May 31st, 2017. 

Published four times per year, Grain Magazine is an internationally acclaimed literary journal that publishes engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists.

Before submitting your work to Grain, we recommend you read a recent issue of the magazine. The latest issue of Grain is available to order by clicking the current issue cover image on the right of this page.

Please adhere to the following guidelines and do not submit more than twice in one submissions period (third and subsequent submissions will neither be read nor returned). If you have work currently under consideration by Grain, please do not submit again until you have received a response to that submission. Grain has a nine-month submissions period which runs from September 1st to May 31st. Manuscripts received between June 1 and August 31 will be automatically rejected.

Types of Work We Consider

Send typed, unpublished material only (we consider work published on-line to be previously published). Simultaneous submissions will not be considered. Please only submit work in one genre at one time.

Poetry: Individual poems, sequences, or suites up to a maximum of six pages.

Fiction: To a maximum of 3,500 words.

Literary Nonfiction: To a maximum of 3,500 words.

For fiction and nonfiction submissions, PLEASE PROVIDE A WORD COUNT.

Other writing: Queries for submissions of work in other forms are welcome. You may submit such queries through Submittable or by mail.

Visual work: Mainly by invitation, though queries are welcome.

Contributor Payments

All contributors, regardless of genre, are paid $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus three copies of the issue in which their work appears. Visual work published inside the magazine (in black and white) and on the cover (in colour) is paid at the same page rate as text contributions to a maximum of $500.


Grain purchases first Canadian serial rights only. Copyright remains with the writer or artist.

Sending Work

Before submitting, please ensure that your work adheres to the following:

Submissions must be typed in readable font (ideally 12 point, Times Roman), free of typos, printed on one side only. No staples. Your name and address MUST be on every page. Pieces of more than one page MUST be numbered.

Please include a cover letter with all contact information, title(s) and genre of work you are submitting, and a total page and word count. A brief bio is highly recommended.

You may submit your work through the mail or online through Submittable. We do not accept emailed submissions.

Mailed submissions can only be returned if you include a SASE of appropriate size for your writing with at least $2.00 Canadian postage attached. Or, if you'd like to save on postage and paper, we will reply by email if you provide an email address for that purpose only. Submissions that do not include one of these reply methods will not be read nor returned.

Response time is typically within six months. 

To Send Work Through Submittable:

Please visit

Send Mailed Submissions To:

Editor, Grain Magazine, PO Box 3986, Regina, SK, S4P 3R9, Canada

Submission Tips

  1. If you are submitting work from outside Canada, please include a valid email address for reply purposes, as we cannot use non-Canadian postage.
  2. Please do not send your submission via email. We accept submissions only through the mail and through Submittable. To be considered for publication or to receive a response, you must include either a SASE or an email address.