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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Claw & Blossom seeks submissions on the theme of WATER

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Deadline: February 21, 2021

Submissions for Issue 8: March Equinox are OPEN.

The theme is WATER

The editor looks forward to receiving interpretations of the theme that are suitable and on-point while still being subtle and surprising!

General Guidelines


Please familiarize yourself with Claw & Blossom’s past issues (free to read online) to get an idea of our general aesthetic.

We look for pieces that explore human striving with an awareness of the larger context. To that end, your work MUST contain some element of the natural world. The natural world need not be the main focus, but it should have a distinct and relevant narrative presence.

Stylewise, we tend towards tight language and evocative, concrete imagery. We are keen on narrative- or conceptual movement and are not usually drawn to odes or portraits. We favor work that explores complex questions with subtlety. We dig depth, we want layers.

For more detailed information on our submission hopes-and-dreams, it’s a good idea to check out our interview at the Six Questions blog.


For POEMS, send one poem per submission. We are partial to free verse and are NOT often drawn into the more traditional forms (haiku, sestina, haibun, sonnet, rhymed couplets, etc.).

For PROSE, send up to 1,000 words. This can be one piece or linked micros. Feel free to send what moves you, but it’s safe to say we are NOT fans of gore/thriller/slasher stories or romance/erotica. Genre work that comes our way will be a tough sell.

Submissions are initially read BLIND. Please do not include any personal information in your uploaded file. Please include a brief cover letter with your submission (short third-person bios are welcome in your cover letter; this letter will be viewed in later rounds).

We do not consider previously-published work. This includes pieces that have been posted to social media accounts.

We do not consider multiple submissions. Please wait for a response to your submission before sending another new piece our way.

We encourage simultaneous submissions. Should your work be accepted elsewhere while under consideration with Claw & Blossom, please withdraw the piece from us immediately by using the Withdraw option in Submittable.

We pay $25 USD per acceptance upon publication via PayPal only and are currently unable to issue payment via other methods. Please keep this in mind when submitting. Linked micros are considered one acceptance.

 The queue is cleared every 3 months and all submissions receive a response before issues are published.

Spam filters are capricious beasts, so if you don’t seem to have received a response, please don’t hesitate to send a query by using the Contact form.

Please note that sometimes Short-List decisions are difficult and final adjustments to the Table of Contents might be pushed out to the last week of the cycle. (Not ideal, but the editor does possess just the one brain.)

  1. By submitting your work to Claw & Blossom for consideration, it is understood that you accept the following terms:
  2. That the work you send Claw & Blossom is of your own making and has not been plagiarized in whole or in part.
  3. That Claw & Blossom is purchasing the rights to publish your work on its website and to archive that work in its Issues archive.
  4. That if your work published with Claw & Blossom is later reprinted elsewhere, you will kindly add an acknowledgement of first publication.


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