Bird’s Thumb seeks writing that offers startling views of the new and familiar and that stays with us long after we look away.


Bird’s Thumb is dedicated to discovering and publishing the emerging writer. As an evolving journal, we’re open to many styles and we’re interested in diverse voices. Most of all, we honor excellent writing. So please send us your best and fear not the perils of the slush pile. We will give your work the attention it deserves.

The name Bird's Thumb comes from one of our editor's fascination with crossing animal and kingdom boundaries.  When she was a young girl, she wanted to grow up to be a fish.  It stands for hidden digits everywhere.