Submissions for Issue II are open now. Our typical submission windows are Dec. 1st-Feb. 28th and July 1st-Sept. 30th. Please skim our sample readings and editor preferences (on sidebar and below, respectively) to see what we prefer. Also, consider these general guidelines:

  • Submissions do not have to mention the martial arts—though we prefer those that do. Instead, all submissions must share in the virtues of martial arts, those of patience, meditation, and surprise, whether that be in their technique or in their content.
  • We consider:
    •  Fiction and creative nonfiction (up to 5,000 words; novel and memoir excerpts are acceptable as long as they may stand on their own.)
    • Poetry (up to 3 poems, no longer than 10 total pages; please submit as one document)
  • All submissions must be previously unpublished. We do not consider personal postings, e.g. those on an author’s website or social media, as being published; feel free to submit those.
  • We reserve First Electronic Rights to any piece we accept and publish. All other rights remain with the writer. If a piece we publish is reprinted elsewhere, we ask the writer acknowledges Clinch as its first venue of publication.
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions. If a fiction/creative nonfiction piece is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw it. If one poem (of many submitted) is accepted elsewhere, please make note of that via Submittable.



Fiction Suggestions

Nonfiction Suggestions

Poetry Suggestions

"A 'good' short story feels like a complete package: compelling characters, interesting and diverging themes, and a cohesive plot. However, these aren't boundaries—instead, think of them as benchmarks for how resonant the story will be to readers."
Tyler Martinez
Fiction Editor
"We're looking for nonfiction that explores or divulges some truth about the martial arts through a personal story. Whether it's laughter, anger, despair, triumph, or anything in between, we want to feel something from your writing. Don't forget: everybody loves to laugh."
Grant Young
Founding Editor
"Good poetry, in our opinion, should act subtly; the best poems tend to balance emotion with humor or some other surprise. We appreciate form and the breaking of form as well as any verse with intention. History is a great catalyst for poetry; be unafraid to explore it."
Alejandro Aguirre
Poetry Editor