Founded in 2007 by the graduate students in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Tennessee, Grist: The Journal for Writers seeks to present a new kind of literary journal. Grist is a resource for the discussion and demonstration of the strategies of the writers’ craft. Our review will be 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. Each issue will feature two hundred pages of quality stories and poems, as well as interviews with writers and creative nonfiction devoted to discussions of craft. Each issue also includes a Special Genre section in which we feature a specific literary genre or craft focus. At this time we do not publish literary criticism or book reviews.
Grist seeks work of high literary quality and value from both emerging and established writers. We welcome all styles and aesthetic approaches. All that matters to us is quality. We prefer work that is accessible, as well as experimental work that shows an awareness of what is being subverted and why. We value poetry and fiction 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.
Recent volumes have included such writers as Dan Albergotti, Dorothy Allison, Rane Arroyo, Ellen Bass, Richard Bausch, 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, Michael Steinberg, and William Wenthe, among many others.
We welcome submissions from writers in every stage of their career, and are especially interested in considering work from emerging writers.