At Great Plains Press, we publish stories and that are unique and reflect our region, and Canada, to the rest of the world. We publish new writers alongside literary veterans, and seek out exciting, distinct and challenging topics as we share the stories that bind us.

Our Story

Great Plains was formed in 1992 by Gregg Shilliday and Ingeborg Boyens as Great Plains Publications, to launch a three volume history of Manitoba to coincide with the province’s 125th anniversary. Since those early days, we have been committed to telling the stories of the people and places that make this part of Canada so special.



Take Your Baby and Run

Carol Youngson

On the Road to Abandoned Manitoba

My Left Skate

Anna Rosner

A Daytripper’s Guide To Manitoba Vol. 4

Bartley Kives

Peanut Butter and Chaos

Anita Daher

Wonder World

K. R. Byggdin

Abandoned Manitoba

Gordon Goldsborough

More Abandoned Manitoba

Gordon Goldsborough

Awards & Accolades


    Our Staff

    Meet the small but mighty team at Great Plains Press!

    Catharina de Bakker



    Catharina started with Great Plains in 2007. She enjoys reading fiction that explores ideas, features unique perspectives, and plays with style and structure; non-fiction that examines the history of this region and its impact on our current culture; and memoirs and literary non-fiction books that expand perspectives and build empathy. A former bookseller, Catharina’s love of books and reading has evolved into a passion for working collaboratively with writers to polish their stories and connect their message to readers.

    Mel Marginet



    Mel is a lover of stories and how they create compassion and understanding between people from all over the world. She grew up in rural Manitoba and inherited her love of reading, and her insatiable curiosity, from her dad. Mel has an honours arts degree and is a theatre creator, professional actor and sustainable transportation advocate. She fell into publishing when Catharina went on her first maternity leave, and has never left! She’s the past president of the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers and looks forward to learning more from all of the fantastic authors who take a risk and submit their writing each season.

    Keith Cadieux



    Keith is a writer and editor based in Winnipeg where he has lived most of his life. He is a lifelong avid reader and is particularly fond of dark stories because they grapple with life’s biggest questions. He has a Master degree in Creative Writing and English literature and has worked as an arts administrator for literary festivals, theatres, and publishing as well as a freelance editor. He loves that working at Great Plains gives him the chance to work directly with talented writers from across Canada and beyond.

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