Claw & Blossom is a quarterly online literary magazine publishing short prose and poems that touch upon the natural world.
We are looking for compelling narratives and resonant moments involving characters or narrators who wrestle with life’s impossible problems but who nonetheless seek ways to thrive.
We are fond of attention to craft–tight language and strong, concrete imagery–and we favor insightful work that says something bigger than itself—that reaches outwards towards more questions than answers.
Your work MUST also contain elements of the natural world.
The natural world need not be the main focus, but it should have a distinct and relevant narrative presence.
What is The Natural World?
Creatures in their natural habitats, and natural habitats. Things that mostly live and die on earth, yet mostly do not live in your house.
Undomesticated entities that that crawl and swoop, bite and swim, play and defend and hunger.
Also: cells that seed and grow and flutter and bloom and then sometimes get randomly hit by lightning or trampled by reindeer and thus turned into oodles of food for very-very tiny beasts.
Of course there’s always weather. Rivers and glaciers and bogs. Brine, coral, dirt. Rocks…. If you have written about something that moves you to heartbreak or outrage or breathless laughter, send it our way.
Editor and Illustrator:
C.B. Auder is inordinately fond of bugs, birds, beasts, blooms, and banana peels. Auder’s stories, poems, and artwork have been published in various magazines including: Bending Genres, Atlas + Alice, Longleaf Review, Pidgeonholes, OCCULUM, Unbroken, Storm Cellar Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, A cappella Zoo, and elsewhere. Find Aud at https://audercb.wordpress.com/ or on Twitter @cb_auder