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 In addition to general submissions, Grist holds the Pro Forma Contest [listed separately] every spring, recognizing unpublished creative work that explores the relationship between content and form, whether in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or a hybrid genre.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

GristUnited States
$ Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions.

Submission Periods

F Temporarily closed to fiction submissions. Will be open to submissions from Thursday, June 15, 2017 (79.2 days from now) through Friday, September 15, 2017.3
N Temporarily closed to nonfiction submissions. Will be open to submissions from Thursday, June 15, 2017 (79.2 days from now) through Friday, September 15, 2017.1
P Temporarily closed to poetry submissions. Will be open to submissions from Thursday, June 15, 2017 (79.2 days from now) through Friday, September 15, 2017.3


G General 


Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms, including: Experimental poetry, Formal verse, Free verse.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Personal.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics, including: Literature/Books (Writing), Memoir.

Types & Lengths

Essay Essayup to 7,000 words
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative Nonfictionup to 7,000 words
Poem Poemno line limits known; 3 - 5 pieces
Flash Fiction Flash Fictionup to 1,000 words
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,000 words

Media & Publication Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 1 x per year
P Print PublicationPublished 1 x per year


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionS Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word)
N NonfictionS Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word)
P PoetryS Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem)

Submission Types

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  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No No OKText format submissions
N Nonfiction OK No No OKText format submissions
P Poetry OK No No OKText format submissions

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Before Submitting

We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Just remember…

  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • For novel/collection publishers, it is standard to submit a cover letter, synopsis, and sample instead of the full manuscript. Do this unless otherwise instructed.
  • Include a SASE with all mailed submissions, queries, and requests for guidelines, unless the editor replies via or email or guidelines state otherwise.
  • Be professional, patient and persistent.


Date Added:
24 Jan 2008
Last Updated:
20 Mar 2017