About Us

Our Mission

Martial arts is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Yet there isn’t anywhere to give it a voice in the literary community—until now.

At Clinch, our goal is to bring the martial arts and creative writing communities together. Or, at least, get the two acquainted. We feel that the martial arts are easily misunderstood by anyone that isn’t a fan or practitioner of the sport. But we know it’s predicated on respect, self-discipline and beauty. And we want to show the literary world that as well!

So send us your work that displays the good, bad, and eccentric qualities of martial arts. An essay on the life lessons you’ve learned from Jiu Jitsu. A short story about a massive underdog pulling off an upset in the boxing ring. Or a poem on Cory Sandhagen’s flying knees.

Or maybe you want to explain why the martial arts are appalling, and that the sport’s fans are brutes and uncultured swine. Which is fine by us. No judgement here.

If it’s good writing, and encompasses the martial arts—including boxing—in any way, shape, or form, we want it. Show us your submission game.


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Meet The Team

Grant Young

Founding Editor (and everything else)

Grant Young only began watching MMA during the summer of 2020—UFC 251, to be exact—but since then, the martial arts world has taken over his life. Before then, baseball was the sport with a soft spot in his heart. Grant played five years of Division 1 baseball at the University of San Francisco. He graduated from USF in 2020, and is now a candidate at USF’s MFA in Writing Graduate Program.

His writing appears in HAD, Idle Ink, and The Twin Bill, and he is currently working on an essay collection based on his experience playing college baseball.

Grant now lives in San Francisco, where he’s just begun Muay Thai training. When not writing, reading or training, Grant’s probably listening to The MMA Hour podcast while cooking a plant-based meal or geeking out at Israel Adesanya highlights.

Grant is on Twitter @GrvntYoung.

Thank you for supporting Clinch! We have many ambitions for this journal, but our main one is providing our writers an honorarium for their work. If you’re willing, please consider a donation to help us reach this goal.

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