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MISSION & HISTORY

Grist Mission and History

MISSION

The editors at Grist seek work of high literary quality from both emerging and established writers. We welcome all styles and aesthetic approaches. Grist is committed to diversity, inclusivity, cultural interchange, and respect for all individuals who are part of the literary community. 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.

HISTORY

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 In addition to general submissions, Grist holds the Pro Forma Contest every spring, recognizing unpublished creative work that explores the relationship between content and form, whether in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or a hybrid genre. 

Work that first appeared in our pages has gone on to be included in Best New PoetsBest 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.

Read Online Reviews

Poetry Review

Kind by Gretchen Primack

Reviewed by Chloë Hanson | September 27, 2021Lantern Press, 2021Hardcover, 98 pages, $15.00 I first encountered Gretchen Primack’s work a few years ago, when a

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Poetry Review

Hamlet Figura by Daniel Gabriel

Reviewed by Michael Sutherlin | April 22, 2021Dos Madres Press, 2020Paperback, 196 pages, $20.00 If you are looking for a cerebral investigation into the nature

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Grist Mission and History

MISSION

The editors at Grist seek work of high literary quality from both emerging and established writers. We welcome all styles and aesthetic approaches. Grist is committed to diversity, inclusivity, cultural interchange, and respect for all individuals who are part of the literary community. 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.


HISTORY

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. 

Work that first appeared in our pages has gone on to be included in Best New PoetsBest 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.