The Gravity of the Thing

The Gravity of the Thing is an independent literary magazine dedicated to the publication of innovative and defamiliarized writing. Since the journal’s inception in 2013, The Gravity of the Thing has been named one of thirty best online magazines (Bookfox) and one of twelve best literary journals of 2015 (Authors Publish Magazine). We publish work that is aware of its literary form, writing that defamiliarizes in craft or content for an enhanced rendering of reality.

Defamiliarization: an artistic or literary technique that presents the common in unfamiliar ways; that which has been taken for granted reenvisioned, made strange, to heighten a reader’s perception of the familiar.

“The purpose of art is to impart the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known. The technique of art is to make objects ‘unfamiliar,’ to make forms difficult, to increase the difficulty and length of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged.” —Viktor Shklovsky, “Art as Technique”

As the editors of The Gravity of the Thing aim to publish writing that defamiliarizes, so do we aim to defamiliarize conventional editing and publishing models. To learn more about defamiliarized writing and our editorial processes, please visit our Baring the Device column.

The Gravity of the Thing publishes writers of varying experience. We encourage previously unpublished writers to submit, and we aim to support writing by those often marginalized in the literary conversation, including (though certainly not limited to) people of color, women, differently-abled people, LGBTQIA people, veterans, and people with intersectional identities. Click here to view our submission guidelines, and for submission updates and other journal news, please click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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