Indigenous Writers and Storytellers Issue: Guest Editors

Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Saskatchewan Métis and nêhiyaw writer whose work appears in literary magazines and anthologies across Canada, including a regular column in Geist. Her fiction book, Just Pretending (Coteau Books), won four Saskatchewan Book Awards, including 2014 Book of the Year. Just Pretending is the Saskatchewan “One Book One Province” selection for 2019. Bird-Wilson’s debut poetry collection, The Red Files (Nightwood Editions 2016), is inspired by family and archival sources and reflects on the legacy of the residential school system and the fragmentation of families and histories. Bird-Wilson is currently working on a new book of fiction.

Tenille K Campbell is a Dene/Métis author and photographer from English River First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and is enrolled in her PhD at University of Saskatchewan, focusing on Indigenous Literature. Her inaugural poetry book, #IndianLovePoems (Signature Editions 2017is an award-winning collection of poetry that focuses on Indigenous Erotica—using humour, storytelling and sensuality to reclaim and explore ideas of Indigenous sexuality. #IndianLovePoems has placed in the poetry category in the WILLA Literary Awards (USA), as well as the first Indigenous Voices Awards (Canada), and has won two Saskatchewan Book Awards.

image: Maki Fotos

Submissions are open now!

Pushcart Prize Nominees

We published so much exciting new work this year, which made choosing our Pushcart Prize nominees a difficult job—thank you to all of our amazing 2018 contributors! We’re thrilled to announce our nominees:


“Ritual Prayer” by D.A. Lockhart (Vol. 45.2, Winter 2018)

“My Apologies to the Sparrow” by Amos Jasper Wright IV (Vol. 45.3, Spring 2018)

“Sometimes my father is in my nightmares” by Kai Conradi (Vol. 46.1, Fall 2018)


“The Blood They Lose” by Sheri Benning (Vol. 45.3, Spring 2018)

“The Departed” by Sharon Butala (Vol. 45.3, Spring 2018)


“Varieties of Accident” by Leona Theis (Vol. 45.4, Summer 2018)—read the full essay here!

Indigenous Writers and Storytellers Issue

Grain is excited to announce a special issue dedicated to the work of Indigenous writers and storytellers, coming Summer 2019! 

Submissions are now open! We invite submissions of unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit writers. This special issue is being guest edited by Lisa Bird-Wilson (fiction and nonfiction) and Tenille Campbell (poetry). The guest editors encourage submission of exciting, edgy, engaging (all the e’s) contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that reflect Indigenous lives, concerns, moments, thoughts, dreams, and so on. Whatever you do, don’t play it safe. Be brave! Surprise us!  

Deadline: February 28, 2019.

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.