Grain invites entries for the 19th Annual Short Grain Contest. "Four categories, six grand in prizes, rock-star judges, starmaking-cred and other spoils to the victors." Categories include: Dramatic Monologue (500 words max), Postcard Story (500 words max.), Prose Poem (500 words max.), and Long Grain of Truth (non-fiction, 5000 words max.). Entry fee: $30 for two entries (includes subscription).
Deadline: February 28, 2007.

$6000 in prizes.
The contest offers $6,000 in cash prizes for original, unpublished works. Each entrant receives a one-year (four-issue) subscription to Grain Magazine. All contest winners will also have their winning piece published in the Autumn 2007 issue of the magazine.

Prize Money Donated by:
Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg, Barristers and Solicitors, Saskatoon
Saskatchewan Playwrights Center

Dramatic Monologue
A self-contained speech given by a single character in 500 words or less.

Postcard Story
A work of narrative fiction in 500 words or less.

Prose Poem
A lyric poem written as a prose paragraph in 500 words or less.

Long Grain of Truth
A creative work of non-fiction of 5,000 words or less on any subject

Judges

Dramatic Monologue: Curtis Peeteetuce
Although Actor/Director/Writer/Musician Curtis Peeteetuce is from the Beardy's & Okemasis First Nation, Saskatoon is where he calls home. From one artistic genre to another, Curtis continues to grow and develop as an accomplished artist. He has been involved in the arts world since 2001, when he premiered in the 2001 Circle of Voices production 'Love Songs From A War Drum'. Since then he has performed in 18 productions, numerous staged readings and has directed 10 productions. Curtis's first written work In the Midst of Memory, was presented at the Weesageechak Playwright's Festival in Toronto in 2002. In addition, his plays have been presented on stages in Saskatoon and around the province.

Prose Poem: Steven Ross Smith
Steven Ross Smith (also published as Steven Smith) writes poetry, fiction, and presents sound and performance poetry. Smith has performed and/or been published in England, Holland, USA, and in Canada. His work has appeared in many periodicals, including Prairie Fire, CV2, and New Quarterly. Since 1992 Smith has performed with DUCT, an improvisatory vocal art and music ensemble he founded. He is the Director of the Sage Hill Writing Experience. He is currently at work on fluttertongue, a multi-book long poem.

Postcard Story: Steven Galloway
Galloway was born in Vancouver, and raised in Kamloops, British Columbia. He attended the University College of the Cariboo and the University of British Columbia. His debut novel, Finnie Walsh (2000) was nominated for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award. His second novel, Ascension (2003) was nominated for the BC Book Prizes' Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and has been translated into numerous languages.

Non-Fiction: Brenda Niskala
A poet, fiction writer and an arts administrator, Brenda is also currently the Executive Director for the Saskatchewan Publishers Group. She's been employed as a crisis counselor, bush plane lawyer, writer-in-residence and a branch representative for ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Film, Television and Radio Artists). Niskala's poetry has received numerous awards, including the Arc Poem of the Year Editor's Choice for 2000, a Sterling Award for Poetry 1999, and a Saskatchewan Writers Guild Literary Award in 1991.