***We are not accepting submissions at this time.***

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

The Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop is an annual week-long writing workshop for writers who want to improve their writing about nature and the environment. This workshop gives writers the unique opportunity to connect with Orion writers and editors in order to understand more deeply Orion‘s approach to the relationship between literature and the natural world.

This program is for writers who want to learn how to write an Orion essay, short story, or poem; for writers who seek to become better advocates for the environment through their writing; for poets who are drawn to writing about nature and culture; for teachers and scholars who wish to write for a more general readership; and for environmental professionals who want to bring better writing skills to bear on their work.

2019 faculty members: Major Jackson, Amy Irvine, Scott Russell Sanders, John Elder, Bronwen Dickey, and Sherwin Bitsui.

Held at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.

All applications must be submitted through Submittable. There is no fee to apply. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and will continue to be reviewed until the workshop is full (12 students per class). More information about tuition and housing fees is available here.

Workshops will be offered in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

  • PROSE: A writing sample of 1,500 words is required.  
  • POETRY: A writing sample of up to 6 pages of poetry is required.

Acceptances will be made on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified whether they have been admitted approximately one to two weeks after they apply. Please note that a variety of housing options are available at the Omega Institute. Those who apply earlier will be able to choose their housing sooner. Some housing options may sell out faster than others.