Grain Magazine

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Submission Guidelines

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.

Please adhere to the following guidelines and do not submit more than twice in one reading period (subsequent submissions will neither be read nor considered). If you have work currently under consideration by Grain, please do not submit again until you have received an accepted/rejected response to that submission.

Grain has a nine-month reading period, September 15 to June 15. 

Types of Work We Consider

Send typed, unpublished material only (we consider work published online to be previously published). If work is submitted simultaneously, please let us know as soon as possible if it is accepted elsewhere. Please only submit work in one genre at one time.

Poetry: Individual poems, sequences, or suites up to a maximum of 6 pages.

Fiction: To a maximum of 3500 words.

Literary Nonfiction: To a maximum of 3500 words. 

Other writing: Queries for submissions of work in other forms (i.e. short plays, comics, etc.) are welcome. You may submit such queries through Submittable or by mail.

For fiction and nonfiction submissions, please provide a word count.

Sending Work

All submissions adhering to these guidelines will be read.

Response time is typically within 6 months.

Submissions must be typed in readable font (ideally 12 point, Times Roman). 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.


All contributors, regardless of genre, are paid $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus 2 copies of the issue in which their work appears. Visual work published inside the magazine (reproduced 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.

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