There are presently no open calls for submissions.

*We are experiencing some technical difficulties. We will be extending our submission deadline to July 3, due to these technical difficulties. Please check back on July 1–3 to submit your work. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Our prose submission window is now OPEN.

The poetry submission window has been postponed. Please check back in September for an update. Thank you for your patience!

Orion is published bimonthly, with a lead time of six to nine months. The magazine considers unsolicited essays, narrative nonfiction, short fiction, journalistic dispatches, and poetry. No unsolicited article queries or book reviews, please. 

Prose Guidelines

Our feature pieces typically range from 1,200 words to 5,000 words, while shorter work (400 – 1,000 words) appears in our front and back-of-book departments. Orion welcomes unsolicited submissions during designated submission windows; please send one submission per person, per window. Additional submissions will not be considered. Please visit our website for complete submission guidelines.

Poetry Guidelines

Orion considers unsolicited poems that offer fresh insight into the intersection of nature, culture, and place. Please submit 1-3 poems (max. 40 lines/each) in 12 pt. font, single spaced. We encourage you to keep your cover letter brief, but ask that you include the title(s) of your submission as well as your contact information (including full name and e-mail address).

We appreciate the opportunity to review unsolicited material, and will do our best to respond within three months. We're a small staff and unable to provide updates on the status of submissions, but our automated submission manager allows you to check the status of your submission as often as you like.

Thank you for your interest in Orion.

The Editors