Submitting to Grain
Grain Magazine, published four times per year, 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 left of this page.
Please adhere to the following guidelines and do not submit more than twice in one reading 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 reading period, September 1st to May 31st. Manuscripts postmarked and/or received between June 1st and August 31st will not be read nor returned.
*** Writing submitted by email will not be read. ***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Send typed, unpublished material only (we consider work published on-line to be previously published).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 12 pages.
For fiction and nonfiction submissions, PLEASE PROVIDE A WORD COUNT.
Fiction: 1 or 2 stories, to a maximum of 5000 words each (stories at the longer end of the word count must be of exceptional quality).
Literary nonfiction: To a maximum of 5000 words. The key here is "literary"--imaginative, inventive, culturally/critically relevant (no academic papers or reportage)....Surprise us.
Other writing: Queries for submissions of work in other forms, less easy to categorize forms, cross-genre work, are welcome.
Visual work: Mainly by invitation, though queries are welcome.
All submissions adhering to these guidelines will be read.
Response time is typically within 3 months.
We do not accept email submissions.
Submissions must be typed in readable font (ideally 12 point, Times Roman or Courier), 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.
Include a cover letter with all contact information, title(s) and genre of work you are submitting, and a total page count. A brief bio is highly recommended.
In order to receive a response, submissions must include either a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) with sufficient CANADIAN postage (sorry, US postage is not universally accepted), or, for US and International submissions, IRCs (International Reply Coupons). 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.
All contributors, regardless of genre, are paid $50 per page to a maximum of $225, plus 2 copies of the issue in which their work appears. Visual work published inside the magazine (reproduced in black and white) is paid at the same page rate as text contributions. Cover images (full-colour) are paid at the current CAR/FAC rates.
Grain purchases first Canadian serial rights only. Copyright remains with the writer or artist.
Send Submissions To
Rilla Friesen, Grain Magazine, PO Box 67, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3K1, Canada
1. Do not send a SASE with US postage. We cannot use US postage in Canada. If you are submitting work from outside Canada, we prefer you include a vaild email address for reply purposes only, or include an IRC (we are aware that IRCs are getting harder to find, but you can order them online from USPS.
2. Do not send your submission via email. We accept submissions only through the mail. To be considered for publication or to receive a response you must include either a SASE or an email address.