About Relief


Relief Journal is an online and print publication dedicated to full human flourishing in faith and art. We publish fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, graphic narrative, interviews, photography and visual art.

In architectural terms, a relief is a raised projection of figures or forms on a flat surface. It is an image of a reality caught halfway between 2D and 3D. For us, relief is a metaphor. It is work that nudges us toward a fully-embodied reality, towards seeing face-to-face rather than in a mirror dimly. We celebrate art and writing that broadens our perspectives on the world and humanity, moving us ever closer to the true and beautiful — and  in turn, the true and beautiful bring us another kind of relief.