Grist Online allows us to bring even more of the nation’s best literary work to the widest possible audience. In addition to our print journal and our blog, The Writing Life, we publish pieces in Grist Online throughout the year in order to showcase the high quality writing we receive throughout our reading period. Sometimes that means featuring a piece that doesn’t fit general genre conventions, or includes visual art, or needs to be published in a way that doesn’t fit the print journal’s format, and sometimes that just means publishing more great work than our print journal's finite number of pages allows. Whatever the piece, Grist Online allows us to share more of the great work we receive every year, allowing our readers, past contributors, and future submitters to keep up with what we’re publishing and to get a feel for the wide variety of work we champion. We hope you enjoy the issues!
As with the print edition of Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, the attitudes, opinions, and ideas expressed in Grist Online are not those of the University of Tennessee, the University of Tennessee’s Department of English, nor any member of the staff of Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts. The attitudes, opinions and ideas expressed in Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts and Grist Online are attributed only to the speaking voice of the writing appearing in our pages, writing which is accepted for publication on the basis of excellence in literary craft.
Every spring, Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts welcomes submissions of unpublished creative work for our Pro Forma Contest in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and/or hybrids that explore the relationship between content and form. Our contest is open to all forms of literary expression.
Pro Forma often means an established way of doing things. For the contest, we look for work that experiments with its form, whether that’s an essay that breaks from traditional expectations, a set of poems from a sonnet sequence, a short story that blends or bends its genre, or a hybrid text or a genre-less piece. However you define a relationship with form in your writing, we want to see your best work.
Learn more about submitting your work for ProForma.