The Queen's Quarterly, founded 1893 at Queen's University, largely on the initiative of Queen's president G.M. GRANT, is the oldest of Canadian scholarly journals. At first, contributors were chosen mainly from the Queen's faculty, but in 1928 it became open to national and even international contributors. It also began to publish fiction and poetry. In the 1930s the stories of F.P. GROVE appeared in its pages, and the Quarterly launched Sinclair ROSS as a writer. Its real flowering began in the 1950s during the brief editorship of Malcolm ROSS, who actively sought to bring the Quarterly into contact with the current growth in Canadian writing.
Since that time the work of many of Canada's best writers has appeared in its pages, including that of fiction writers Rudy WIEBE, Sheila WATSON, W.P. KINSELLA, Hugh HOOD and John METCALF, and that of poets Margaret ATWOOD, Irving LAYTON, Al PURDY, GeorgeBOWERING, John GLASSCO, F.R. SCOTT, A.J.M. SMITH and Tom WAYMAN. The Quarterly has continued to publish scholarly articles in many disciplines and has maintained an extensive section of book reviews.