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Literary Magazine






Clinch is, first and foremost, a literary magazine about the martial arts. But submissions don't have to mention the martial arts (though we prefer those that do). Instead, submissions must share in the virtues of martial arts, like patience, meditation, and surprise.


  • Vibe:Weird / outsider / wtf even is it
  • Response time:
    2 weeks*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:


Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 5000 words max

Max words: 1

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Literary

Payment: $ 15

novel excerpts are acceptable as long as they may stand on their own.)

Nonfiction - 5000 words max

Max words: 1

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Payment: $ 15

memoir excerpts are acceptable as long as they may stand on their own.)


Min pieces: 1

Max pieces: 3

Payment: $ 15

up to 3 poems, no longer than 10 total pages


Max words: 1

Max words: 5000

Payment: $ 15

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    We appreciate cover letters, but they aren’t required.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We don't have formatting requirements for this magazine

  • Author's rights

    First Electronic and First Print Rights

  • Additional info

    Active on social media Previously published work is not considered, although we will sometimes consider work previously shared on personal blogs. We are a paying market and can offer our writers and visual artists a $15 honorarium per accepted work We offer a $5 personalized feedback on your piece that includes what’s working in the piece and suggestions to consider for future drafts. This feedback will be given regardless of whether the piece(s) are accepted. While we are still offering both the Tip Jar and Personalized Feedback options, we now ask that you send the payment to our Venmo (@clinchlit).

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

53 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

22 days

Fastest response time

117 days

Slowest response time

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Managed by editors

Submission calls

    All genres








    Editor Grant Young avatar

    Grant Young


    Editor Shahriar Shaama avatar

    Shahriar Shaama

    Co-Fiction Editor

    Editor Tyler Martinez avatar

    Tyler Martinez

    Co-Fiction Editor