THE CLEARING is an online magazine published by Little Toller that offers writers and artists a dedicated space in which to explore and celebrate the landscapes we live in. Our contributors are encouraged to go forth and find distinctive visions that startle us, rural or urban, modern or prehistoric, industrial, post-industrial, fantastical, natural, political, however they come. But each must be meaningful, surprising, felt. We welcome cross-fertilisations of genre and discipline, collaboration and innovation. We want to be inspired and challenged by cultures, practices and stories of places that may be going untold. Recent contributors include Germain Greer, Richard Mabey, Philip Hoare, Paul Kingsnorth, Katrina Porteous, Tim Dee, Nick Groom, Ken Worpole, Lucy Wood, Robert Crawford, Philip Gross, Neil Ansell and Eleanor Rees.


Jos Smith is a freelance researcher, writer and poet currently working on a history of the arts and environmental charity Common Ground (funded by the British Academy).

Luke Thompson is from Cornwall and has recently completed his PhD on the clay country poet Jack Clemo at the University of Exeter. In 2015, Luke edited Clemo’s Selected Poems (Enitharmon) and his biography of Clemo, ClayPhoenix, will be released in May 2016. He also has two illustrated pamphlets of poetry and very short prose due for 2016 publication.

Isabel Galleymore is an PhD student at the University of Exeter where she is researching the role of metaphor in ecopoetics and nature writing with the support of an AHRC award. Her own poems have featured in Poetry Review, Poetry London and other magazines.

Ben Smith has recently completed a PhD in Environmental Poetics at Exeter University. He now works as a freelance editor and lecturer. His poetry, criticism and short fiction have appeared in various journals, magazines and anthologies. His first pamphlet of poetry will be published by Worple Press in Autumn 2014.


Please familiarise yourself with the kind of work that we publish to ensure that what you are sending would fit in with our style and ethos. We welcome submissions of up to 6 pages of poetry and up to 3,000 words of prose (non-fiction or fiction). We are also very interested in publishing artwork and collaborations between image and word. In general we are open to ideas and we hope to develop work that branches out into sound recordings and short film too.

We accept submissions by email or by post (details below) on a rolling basis but if you are sending work by post please do also send a stamped addressed envelope with sufficient postage for the work to be returned. Work submitted from outside Britain must be emailed. Submissions should be in an attached Word document or PDF.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions or work that has been previously published elsewhere. We aim to get back to all submissions within two months but it has been known to occasionally stray to three months during very busy times. Please be patient, all work is carefully discussed at editorial meetings.

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By Post: The Clearing, Flat 1, 9 College Road, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1TE