Submissions have CLOSED for Issue Six: Equinox

The RISE issue is scheduled for publication on September 22, and we’ll open again soon to consider submissions for Issue Seven: Solstice.

Thanks to all who sent their work!

General Guidelines


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

We are fond of attention to craft–tight language and evocative, concrete imagery. We tend to prefer narrative- or conceptual movement and are not so keen on publishing 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 your name anywhere in your uploaded file.

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

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

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.

There is no submission fee. 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.


By submitting your work to Claw & Blossom for consideration, it is understood that you accept the following terms:

  • That you have actually perused earlier issues, so that you are not sending us work that (though undoubtedly lovely, or exciting and filled with All the Things) is nonetheless wholly incompatible with our aesthetic.
  • That the work you send Claw & Blossom is of your own making and has not been plagiarized in whole or in part.
  • That Claw & Blossom is purchasing the rights to publish your work on its website and to archive that work in its Issues archive.

If your work published with Claw & Blossom is later reprinted elsewhere, we would appreciate acknowledgement of first publication.


We currently take submissions through Submittable:submit