Grain, the journal of eclectic writing, is a literary quarterly that publishes engaging, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists.
Every issue features superb new writing from both developing and established writers. Each issue also highlights the unique artwork of a different visual artist. Grain has garnered national and international recognition for its distinctive, cutting-edge content and design.
Grain is a member of Magazines Canada and is indexed in the Humanities International Complete, which can be found in libraries across North America. Grain is distributed in Canada by Magazines Canada.
by Ken Mitchell
Grain Magazine published its first issue in June 1974, a Gestetner edition with stapled, taped bindings, and with cover art on a card-stock cover by a then new artist Joe Fafard.
The first edition, edition by Ken Mitchell, Anne Szumigalski, and Caroline Heath included writings by Robert Kroetsch, George Bowering, Robert Currie, and John V. Hiks, and cost $1.00. A subscription cost $2 a year, or $5 for three years. This was the first of a series of semi-annual issues.
In 1976, Grain began publishing three issues a year, and then in 1981, moved to its present quarterly - four issues a year - state.
Throughout all these years, Grain has published the best new writing from Canada and abroad, approximately 2000 pieces of writing and over 220 art images, many of them from Saskatchewan. Grain editors over the years have been: Ken Mitchell, Caroline Heath, E.F. Dyck, Brenda Riches, Mick Burrs, Geoffrey Ursell, J. Jill Robinson, Elizabeth Philips, Kent Bruyneel, Sylvia Legris and Rilla Friesen.
Grain has grown up with a generation of literary magazines, and is proud to be alive and flourishing after more than 40 years of life. This success is due to the readers, and contributors, but also to primary funding sponsors: Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild (publisher-in-chief), Sask Lotteries, Saskatchewan Arts Board, The Canada Council for the Arts and The Canada Magazine Fund.