Clara is open to receiving submissions in English, Filipino, and Taglish.

Clara is a quarterly online romance journal that aims to be a repository for romantic short stories written by Filipinos and featuring Filipino characters. Through carefully curated digital quarterly publications, Clara hopes to cultivate an active community of romance readers and writers from all walks of life.


Why Clara?

Clara is the strong, contemporary Filipina. She’s someone who knows what she wants and is unafraid to take risks and pursue her dreams. She values her tradition and culture, but also embraces the changing world. Hindi makitid ang utak. Hindi mahina ang loob.


Submission Guidelines:

1. We are looking for short stories with a romantic element, written by Filipinos and featuring Filipino characters. While we don’t frown upon a romance with a Korean exchange student or stories set in other countries, we would like to see Filipino characters in your work. Stories can be in English, Filipino, or Taglish.

2. Submit your stories to as .doc, .docx, or .rtf files, in Times New Roman, Courier, or Cambria typefaces, double-spaced, font size 12. Please include a cover letter containing your name and contact details.

3. Our preferred length is between 1,500-5,000 words, but we are willing to make exceptions.

4. We accept simultaneous submissions but not multiple submissions. What’s the difference?

Simultaneous submissions – you’ve submitted your story for consideration with another publisher

Multiple submissions – you’ve submitted more than one story for consideration on Clara

Please state in your cover letter that this is a simultaneous submission. If your story has been accepted for publication elsewhere before we’ve had the chance to respond to you, please let us know.

5. We reserve the right to edit the stories for grammar and clarity, but we will give the authors an opportunity to review, discuss, and accept the edits.

6. We are open to reprints (meaning your story has previously appeared in print or online) but only if a) you own the rights to publish; and b) you are willing to remove the story from other online sources while it appears on the latest issue of Clara (usually around three months).


About the Editors:

Anne Plaza has a degree in Psychology, but has actively pursued a career in writing as a reporter and online editor. Aside from writing, she loves reading romance books, and an occasional fantasy and historical novel (but with romance subplots). She also collects stamps and postcards, and enjoys traveling whenever time and budget allows.

Chris Mariano writes romance and speculative fiction (and on certain occasions, both at the same time). Her work has appeared in the 3rd Philippine Graphic Fiction Prose Anthology, Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol 7, TAYO Literary Magazine, and the Philippines Free Press. She used to edit for a living but now does it for free dinner.