Founded in 2007 by graduate students in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Tennessee, Grist is a nationally distributed journal of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, and craft essays.
Published annually every spring, each issue is accompanied by Grist Online, which features some of the best work we’ve received during our reading period. In addition to general submissions, Grist holds the Pro Forma Contest every spring, recognizing unpublished creative work that explores the relationship between content and form, whether in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or a hybrid genre. Throughout the year, we publish interviews, craft essays, and reviews on our blog, The Writing Life.
We seek work of high literary quality from both emerging and established writers. We welcome all styles and aesthetic approaches. All that matters to us is quality.
Work that first appeared in our pages has gone on to be included in Best New Poets, Best American Essays, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Past issues have included such writers as Dan Albergotti, Dorothy Allison, Ellen Bass, Richard Bausch, Maud Casey, Peter Ho Davies, Timothy Donnelly, Tom Franklin, Elizabeth Gilbert, Adam Johnson, Lyn Hejinian, T.R. Hummer, Fady Joudah, Dorianne Laux, Julia B. Levine, Lisa Lewis, Thomas Lynch, Khaled Mattawa, Joseph Millar, Ander Monson, Danielle Pafunda, Ron Rash, Hilda Raz, Maura Stanton, Michael Steinberg, Virgil Suárez, William Wenthe, and many others.
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 unsolicited submissions. We love discovering new voices.
Editor-in-Chief: Richard Hermes
Fiction Editor: Matt Brock
Nonfiction Editor: Ellen Orner
Poetry Editors: Katie Condon and Rosemary Kitchen
Art and Design Editor: Elysia Mann
Managing Editor: Elizabeth Layman
Managing Editor for Online Content: Jeremy Michael Reed
Reviews Editor: Brooke Clark
Social Media Editor: Brynn Martin
Events & Promotions Coordinator: Chloe Hanson