Grist: The Journal for Writers
From the Editor
Founded in 2007 by graduate students in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Tennessee, Grist: The Journal for Writers is a resource for the discussion and demonstration of the strategies of the writer’s craft. The journal is distinguished by its commitment to the writer’s occupation, and we endeavor to articulate and frame the process through which innovative literature is conceived and brought to the page.
Grist is currently published once a year, in the spring. Each issue features quality fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as interviews with writers and essays devoted to discussions of craft. Each issue also includes an Online Companion in which we feature some of the best work we’ve received during our reading period.
Past issues have included such writers as Dan Albergotti, Dorothy Allison, Rane Arroyo, Ellen Bass, Richard Bausch, Maud Casey, Peter Ho Davies, Timothy Donnelly, Elizabeth Gilbert, Lyn Hejinian, T.R. Hummer, Richard Jackson, Fady Joudah, Dorianne Laux, Julia B. Levine, Lisa Lewis, Thomas Lynch, Khaled Mattawa, Joseph Millar, Ander Monson, Danielle Pafunda, Ron Rash, Hilda Raz, Bobby C. Rogers, Maura Stanton, Michael Steinberg, Virgil Suárez, William Wenthe, and Baron Wormser, among many others.
Every year we nominate contributors’ work for the Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays series, Best American Poetry, Best of the Net, Pushcart Prize Anthology, and O. Henry Awards.
Grist: The Journal for Writers seeks high quality submissions from both emerging and established writers. We publish craft essays and interviews as well as fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—and we want to see the best work you have to offer, regardless of form, style, or subject matter. We prefer writing that is accessible, and experimental work that shows an awareness of what is being subverted and why. We also value fiction and poetry that is aware of the history that has come before it. Make it new, make it sing, make it push against the limits of our expectations.
We read between June 15th and September 15th. Please note that we do not accept snail mail submissions. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we are immediately notified if the piece has been accepted elsewhere. Please do not mix genres in the same submission. We do not consider previously published work. We do not consider work from those currently or recently affiliated with the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
We welcome submissions from writers in every stage of their career and are especially interested in considering work from emerging writers. More than 90% of the content of our most recent issues has come from our general (unsolicited) submissions. We love discovering new voices.
In spring 2015, Grist: The Journal for Writers is thrilled to announce our first annual contest: “Pro Forma.” We welcome submissions of unpublished creative work: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and/or hybrids that explore the relationship between content and form, whether the approach is experimental or conventional. As always, we want to celebrate writing that reveals knowledge of and respect for the formal elements and traditions with which it plays, and that shows an awareness of how text and reader interact.
What is “pro forma”? For most, it is something static or an established way of doing things. For us, however, it is our celebration of form, our praising form and its professional mastery. This could mean a break from traditional forms or an homage to them; genre blending or bending; the hybrid text or the genre-less; the conventional-in-appearance text that utilizes avant-garde techniques; or the unconventional-in-appearance text that still can appear in print, in a black and white literary magazine.
Full details at: http://gristjournal.com/pro-forma-contest
Editors Name Katherine Ann Davis
Print publication? Yes
Do you take online submissions? Yes
Submission Guidelines URL https://gristjournal.submittable.com/submit
Approx. Response Time? 1-3 months
How often do you publish? once a year
Year Founded? 2007
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