2021 Winners

2021 Short Grain

Fiction


1st prize ($1000)
Kate Black, Vancouver

2nd prize ($750)
Conor Kerr, Edmonton

3rd prize ($500)
Joshua Levy, Montreal

 

Honourable Mention


"JJ Gets a Diagnosis"
by Margo LaPierre

"Words"
by Judith Pond

Poetry


1st prize ($1000)
Joseph Kidney, New Westminster

2nd prize ($750)
Elana Wolff, Thornhill

3rd prize ($500)
Brian Day, Salt Spring Island

 

Honourable Mention


"Nightstand"
by Russel Thornton

"Vacancy Inspection: Melrose Avenue, August 15"
by Matt Hohner

Judge's comments

Sheri Benning

Sheri Benning

Poetry Judge

Sheri Benning grew up on a farm in central Saskatchewan. She's the author of Field Requiem and The Season's Vagrant Light: New & Selected Poems both published by Carcanet Press, as well as Thin Moon Psalm (Brick Books) and Earth After Rain (Thistledown Press). Her work has appeared in North American, British and European journals and anthologies, most recently Brick, The Paris Review, Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, PN Review and Grain.

Sean Michaels

Sean Michaels

Fiction Judge

Sean Michaels is a novelist, short story writer and critic. Born in Sirling, Scotland and raised in Ottawa, he eventually settled in Montreal, where he founded the pioneering music blog Said the Gramophone. His debut novel, Us Conductors, received the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and was nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Kirkus Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award and (in translation) the Prix des libraires de Québec. His second novel, The Wagers, appeared in 2019. Sean's award-winning writing has also appeared in The Observer, McSweeney's, The Guardian, Pitchfork, The Walrus and The Globe & Mail. He enjoys cold water, warm madeleines, and songs with colours in their titles.

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Grain is grateful to its funders: Sask Lotteries, Canada Council for the Arts, and the financial support from its private donors.
Grain is published by the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild.