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The Journal for Writers

About Grist: Founded in 2007 by graduate students in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Tennessee, Grist publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, craft essays, and interviews with writers.

Contact Information:

University of Tennessee

English Dept., 301 McClung Tower

Knoxville, TN  37996-0430

Phone: (865) 974-5401



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Reading period: 6/15-9/15 Response time: 1-3 months Payment: 2 contributor copies Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 978-0-9799366-0-9 Founded: 2007 Issues per year: 1 Distributors: University of Tennessee Press Copy price: $14 Average pages: 150-200 Sample price (postpaid): $14 Subscription 1 year: $14

Publisher’s description: Grist 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.

We publish work of high literary quality, and we welcome all styles and aesthetic approaches. We prefer work that is accessible, as well as experimental work that shows an awareness of what is being subverted and why. We also value poetry and fiction that is aware of the history that has come before it.

Submissions from writers in every stage of their career are welcome, and we 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.

The premiere issue of Grist features work from some of America’s premiere writers including: Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the #1 bestseller Eat, Pray, Love and PEN/Hemingway finalist; Tom Franklin, author of Poachers: Stories and two novels, Hell at the Breech and Smonk; Eric Puchner, recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and NEA grant; Ron Rash, winner of Appalachian Book of the Year; John Canaday, author of The Invisible World and winner of the Walt Whitman Award; and Bret Anthony Johnston, winner of National Book Award for writers under 35.

Recent Issues:

Issue 7, 2014 of Grist features poetry by Albert Abonado, Mary Jo Balistreri, Monica Berlin, Trent Busch, Michael Collins, William Fargason, Hannah Fries, Benjamin Goldberg, John Gosslee, Casandra Lopez, Michael Marberry, Beth Marzoni, Jennifer Moore, James Reiss, Liz Robbins, Karen Schubert, and more; fiction by Gabriel Houck, Tamar Jacobs, Matt Runkle, A. A. Srinivasan, and Laura Usselman; nonfiction by Allegra Hyde, LaTanya McQueen, and Katie Walsh; craft essays by Claire Miye Stanford and Maura Stanton; an interview with H. L. Hix; and online companion pieces from Anne Barngrover, Monica Berlin, Beth Marzoni, Jennifer Christie, Rob Roensch, and Daryl Farmer.

Issue 6, 2013: Poetry by Tory Adkisson, Michael Bazzett, Emma Bolden, James Brasfield, Travis Cebula, Elizabeth Champlin, Charlie Clark, Katharine Coles, Gail Braune Comorat, Christina Cook, Matthew Reed Corey, Sarah Suzor, Marci Vogel, Laura Walker. Fiction by Vanessa Blakeslee, Christopher L, Joellen Craft, John Cullen, David J. Daniels, Darren C. Demaree, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Alice Friman, Linda Gregerson, Amorak Huey, Jessica Lakritz, W.M. Lobko, Gary L. McDowell, Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, Drusilla NicGowan, Paul Otremba, John Poch, Molly Spencer owe, Jennifer Stern, Nonfiction by Harmony Neal, Leslie Jill Patterson, Baron Wormser. Craft Essays by Nicky Beer, Maud Casey. Interviews with Linda Gregerson, Julie Orringer, Adam Zagajewski.


last updated 05/20/2014