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.