Claw & Blossom is an online seasonal journal of short literary prose and poems that touch upon the natural world.
The editor hopes to see explorations that relate meaningful personal struggles not only to a larger picture of humanity but beyond, to the context of other species and the state of the planet. The editor is partial to work that is layered and shows reflective complexity, and they are particularly fond of pieces that express emotional movement or narrative tension. Portraits and odes are unlikely to be a good fit.
The natural world MUST also be an element of your work. Though it need not be the main focus of the piece, it should have a distinct and relevant narrative presence, such as through use of a natural-world metaphor or as a necessary element of context.
Claw & Blossom publishes themed issues, and the editor enjoys receiving interpretations of the theme that are suitable and on-point while still being subtle and surprising.
NOTE: Claw & Blossom has a monthly account limit on free submissions, after which this website requires the journal to charge a small submission fee in order to stay open to subs.
For this reason, if you find you've made an error while submitting or find a typo, please do not withdraw the piece and resubmit under separate cover, as this would take a slot away from another writer. Please either use the Submittable Message option or get in touch through Claw & Blossom's Contact form.
Claw & Blossom publishes themed, seasonal issues. The editor enjoys receiving interpretations of the theme that are subtle and surprising while still being suitable and on-point.
Issues also generally shape themselves around the seasons of the Northern Hemisphere.
Reminder: Your work MUST contain elements of the natural world. Though the natural world need not be the main focus of your piece, it should have a distinct and relevant narrative presence.
Submissions are initially read anonymously. Do not include personal information in your uploaded file.
Instead, please include a brief cover letter that includes a brief 3rd-person bio. This information will be seen in later rounds.
Due to submission volume, the editor can unfortunately no longer send many personalized response letters, but they do read and appreciate cover letters that express a bit about you as a sentient being. It is a comfort to know that, even as we navigate our own daily tribulations and private terrors, we are all somehow still capable of honoring the same laws of physics.
Length & Style
For POETRY, send one poem.
Rhymed couplets are not a good fit for this journal, and Claw & Blossom is highly unlikely to publish formal verse. The editor is partial to narrative tension and conceptual movement and is usually not drawn into odes or portraits.
For PROSE, send 1,000 words or less.
This can be one piece or linked micros (please send these all in one document, rather than as separate subs). Claw & Blossom is not likely to publish commercial fiction or stories that could be considered part of the action-, thriller/slasher/gore-, or romance genres. Ideally, your submission would fit under the general umbrella of literary prose.
If you are submitting a work that is "After" another writer's work, please provide a link or reference to the original.
- Claw & Blossom does not consider previously-published work. This includes work posted on personal websites or social media.
- Claw & Blossom does not consider multiple submissions. Please send one piece and wait for a response before submitting again.
- Claw & Blossom encourages simultaneous submissions. Should your work be accepted elsewhere while under consideration with Claw & Blossom, the editor trusts that you will withdraw the piece immediately by using the Withdraw option in Submittable.
- By submitting to Claw & Blossom, it is understood that the work you are sending is of your own making and has not been plagiarized in whole or in part.
Claw & Blossom pays $25 USD per acceptance within 10 days of publication. (Linked micros are considered one acceptance.) Payments are made only via PayPal at this time.
If you are unable to receive funds through access to PayPal, the editor is always grateful to instead apply the amount towards defraying Claw & Blossom's annual operating costs.
Limited Free Submissions
Claw & Blossom has a monthly account limit on free submissions, after which this website requires the journal to charge a small submission fee in order to stay open.
If, after submitting, you find you've made an error or a typo, please do not withdraw the piece and resubmit under separate cover, as this would take a slot away from another writer. Please either use the Submittable Message option or get in touch through Claw & Blossom's Contact form.
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