Fall Issue & Inaugural Grain Newsletter

Did you receive our inaugural Grain newsletter in your inbox this morning? If not, check it out (and subscribe for future newsletters) here!

Our Fall newsletter features a preview of our new issue, a Q&A with the 2018 Short Grain Contest winners—Francine Cunningham, Francene Gillis, Nicole Lachat, Annick MacAskill, Ted McInnis, and Lauren Turner—and a glimpse into the work of our Fall issue artist, Rebecca Perehudoff!

Our Fall issue is available now—buy a copy or subscribe today to save 37% off the newsstand price!

Submissions are now open!

Submissions for poetry and creative nonfiction open TODAY! Please see submission guidelines here

Fiction submissions will remain closed until December 1st. Due to various circumstances (staffing changes, increased submissions) we’ve accumulated a backlog of fiction submissions; therefore, our response times for fiction have been longer than usual. We apologize for the delay, but know we are working hard to catch up. Our aim is to have shorter turnaround times in the future. Your patience in this process is appreciated.

2018 Short Grain Winners Announced!

We're very excited to announce the winners of the 30th annual Short Grain Contest!

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

We'd also like to thank our 2018 judges, Canisia Lubrin (poetry) and Rawi Hage (fiction), for their attentive reading and expertise in choosing this year's winners. 


First place: “Starting a Religion” by Francine Cunningham
Second place: “Raymond’s Old Man” by Ted McInnis
Third place: “If Only” by Francene Gillis

Honourable mentions:
“The Death of Xavier” by Michael Holtzman
“Super Reader” by Bill Stenson


First place: “To the Men Who Would Have Killed Me” by Lauren Turner
Second place: “Not Enough Hallelujahs” by Nicole Lachat
Third place: “I felt a first communion in my brain” by Annick MacAskill

Honourable mentions:
“Arachnophobia” by Nolan Natasha Pike
“Letter to K from Žižkov” by Alison Braid 

The six winning entries will be published in the Fall issue of Grain.

Congratulations to all of the winners and honourable mentions! We look forward to receiving submissions for next year's contest.