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Grist A Journal of The Literary Arts

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 In addition to general submissions, Grist holds the Pro Forma Contest [listed separately] every spring, recognizing unpublished creative work that explores the relationship between content and form, whether in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or a hybrid genre.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

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions. The fee is USD $4.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2007

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 1 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 1 x per year.

Fiction Open Fee-based

Dates:

Open to fiction submissions through 15 August 2024* (approx. 78 days from now). 6

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,000 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) (Provides free copy/copies) Semi-pro payment. Provides free copy/copies. Details: USD $0.01/word, with a max. of $50.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Open Fee-based

Dates:

Open to nonfiction submissions through 15 August 2024* (approx. 78 days from now). 3

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Essay EssayUp to 7,000 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 7,000 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Personal.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics, including: Literature/Books (Writing), Memoir.

Payment:

Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) (Provides free copy/copies) Semi-pro payment. Provides free copy/copies. Details: USD $0.01/word, with a max. of $50.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Poetry Open Fee-based

Dates:

Open to poetry submissions through 15 August 2024* (approx. 78 days from now). 10

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Poem PoemNo line limits known; 3 - 5 pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms, including: Experimental poetry, Formal verse, Free verse.

Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) (Provides free copy/copies) Semi-pro payment. Provides free copy/copies. Details: USD $10 per poem.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


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Grist Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 146 reports from 139 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported3 min | 146.9 mean avg | 148.5 median | 415 max days (83.4 std dev)
Responses79.45 %
Acceptances4.79 % of submissions accepted (110.1 avg. days per acceptance) | 5.04 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections74.66 % (158.6 avg. days per rejection) | 25.7 % personal, 47.7 % form, 26.6 % unspecified | 1.4 % shortlisted
Non-Responses20.55 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded1.37 % (177.0 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals19.18 % (108.4 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending47 responses are pending (1 min | 10.3 mean avg | 11.0 median | 58 max days waiting | 8.2 std dev) from 46 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 120 days. (60.3 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 120 days.)
Do not query on the status of your submission before 120 days have passed.
The most common submission fee paid: USD $4.00.
Submissions are acknowledged within 3 days on average.
Most recent response reported was received on 02 Feb 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 15 Aug 2023.

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Dates

Last Updated: 16 May 2024
Last Audited: 26 Feb 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 24 Jan 2008

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