Claw & Blossom is an online seasonal journal of short prose and poems that touch upon the natural world.

We are fond of tight language and evocative imagery. We hope to see explorations that relate deep personal struggles not only to a larger picture of humanity but beyond, to the context of other species and the state of the planet. We like movement and layers, and seek submissions that show reflective complexity.

The natural world MUST also be an element in your work. Though it need not be the main focus of your piece, it should have a distinct and relevant narrative presence, such as through strong use of a natural-world metaphor or as an element of context.

Claw & Blossom publishes themed issues, and the editor enjoys receiving unexpected yet fitting interpretations of those themes.

For more detailed information, see our interview at the Six Questions blog.

Before sending your work, please familiarize yourself with our website and with past issues (free to read online).

If you have reached this page directly through the Submittable Discover function, please make sure you also read our general guidelines (

Submissions are initially read blind.
 Please do not include any personal information in either the title or the body of your uploaded file.

For POETRY, send one poem.

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).

We are not likely to accept pieces that fit into the action, thriller, slasher/gore, or horror genres.

REMINDER: Your work MUST contain elements of the natural world (see our general guidelines, above).

  • We do not consider previously-published work.
  • We do not consider multiple submissions. Please wait for a response before submitting another piece.
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions. Should your work be accepted elsewhere while under consideration with Claw & Blossom, please withdraw the piece immediately by using the Withdraw option in Submittable.
  • By submitting to Claw & Blossom, you affirm the work you are sending us is of your own making and has not been plagiarized in whole or in part.

 We pay $25 USD per acceptance upon publication. (Linked micros are considered one acceptance.)

  At this time, we can pay only via PayPal. Please take this into account when submitting.