Ends on February 28, 2019

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

We invite submissions of unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit writers.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. 

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are open to writers who identify as Indigenous. Please include contact information (address, email, phone), an author bio of 50-100 words, genre, and word count in your cover letter, and that the submission is to be considered for our special issue. Eligible writers are asked to include a brief statement of their Indigenous identity. 

Send typed, unpublished material only (we consider work published online to be previously published).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.

Literary Nonfiction: To a maximum of 3,500 words. Please provide a word count.

All contributors, regardless of genre, are paid $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus two 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 and electronic rights. Copyright remains with the writer or artist.