What Makes Prairie Fire Special?


Prairie Fire’s editors are committed to publishing excellence and a range of diverse voices. Each issue features entertaining and transformative writing from established, award-winning authors and new cutting-edge work from emerging writers. We’re also committed to publishing content on relevant issues that affect us all.


We’ve been honoured to publish new work by brilliant and thoughtful writers such as David Bergen, Di Brandt, Duncan Mercredi, Méira Cook, John O’Neill, Garry Thomas Morse, Tolu Oloruntoba, George Bowering, Catherine Hunter, Marilyn Dumont, Sarah Yi-Mei Tsaing, Bänoo Zan, Sue Goyette, Patrick Lane, Bola Opaleke, Sylvia Legris, Daphne Marlatt, P.K. Page, Margaret Sweatman, Joan Thomas, Miriam Toews, Elana Wolff, Kerry Ryan, Chimwemwe Undi, Bertrand Bickersteth, and Guy Vanderhaeghe, and many more.


We love to feature on our covers the work of our favourite artists and photographers, such as Heather Benning, Esther Warkov, Bryan Scott, Aganetha Dyck, Kent Monkman, Ivan Eyre, William Eakin, Diana Thorneycroft, Wanda Koop, Alix Reynolds, Cole Pauls and Janet Werner, just to name a few.

Special Issues

We periodically publish issues on a special theme, such as The Peace We Make, Uncharted Territory, For the Love of Animals and ndncountry (a partnership with CV2). We publish issues with special sections devoted to a single author, such as Sharon Butala and the late Birk Sproxton. Both the Butala and Sproxton issues included archival photos as well as essays and other texts by an international cast of scholars, friends and family.

Nifty Contests

Each year we host three writing contests. One for fiction, one for poetry and one for non-fiction. Contests are sponsored by McNally Robinson Booksellers.  Check out our current contests here.

Community Service

We engage with our community through launches, events, nurturing new talent, providing workshops, the student practicum program and outreach work, which connects us with the broader community and allows us to share our talents and gifts in a way that makes a difference in the world.

“Prairie Fire is the place where Canadian writing begins and ends, it’s where lucky new writers get their first exposure and where, years later, we read their award-winning stories.”— Jake MacDonald