Welcome to the Orion Submissions portal. Below you will find all current active windows for submissions, events, and writers’ workshops. Thank you for your interest! 

The course: Stranger Natures 

How do we see nature? When does the environment come to life—or into something stranger—in films and in nonfiction? In this workshop, we will learn how to write alongside visual media that makes us re-think our notion of “nature.” We will proceed from the infinitesimally small to the impossibly large, from looking carefully at still frames to analyzing grand narratives about the climate. In this class, we will watch slowly and with detailed attention, also looking at films that may not, at first glance, seem to be “about” the environment. We will experiment together, considering what techniques of film can be integrated into our own writing. The reading list will include essays from writers such as Susan Sontag, Rob Nixon, Anna Tsing, Annie Dillard, and Mel Chen.

Each class will be separated into two parts. For the first section, we will discuss the reading/watching assignment. The second half of the class will be devoted to critiquing student work. Additionally, you will complete a small (300-500 words) writing assignment every week, in which you will respond to a prompt. Students will be asked to write a short essay inspired by the readings and viewings.

The Instructor: Moeko Fujii is a writer and a critic whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Aperture, the Criterion Collection, The Point, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia and a BA from Harvard College, and has received scholarships from Tin House, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Kundiman. She currently writes the film column “Green Screen” for Orion, and calls New York and Tokyo home.

Duration: This class runs from July 5th - August 9th and meets once a week over six consecutive Tuesdays from 5-8 pm ET.

Tuition: Each six-session Zoom workshop is available for $500. Payment within five days of acceptance will guarantee your spot. Cancelations up until a week before the start of the course will result in a full refund. After that, refunds will be conditional on our ability to fill your spot before the course begins.

How to Apply: These workshops tend to be competitive. Please send a cover letter and your best nonfiction writing sample of up to 1,500 words. Sample writing can be published or unpublished, and might, but probably will not be used in class. Applicants will be notified whether they have been admitted within a week of the application deadline.  Apply by June 5th.

Questions? Contact workshops@orionmagazine.org.

Visual Submissions: Borders, edges, holes in the earth

We’re continuing our reader-sourced Murmuration section this fall, and we need your help. Each season we put out a call for photography in response to a specific theme, then pick fifteen of our favorites to run as a group of 2 x 3 images in a grid format at the front of the magazine.

This time we’re looking for images that depict borders, edges, and holes in the earth. Submit 1-3 images, and if we select one, you’ll get a complimentary year-long subscription to Orion. Don’t worry about resolution or specs yet, but know that horizontally oriented photographs work best. 

Contact submissions@orionmagazine.org with any questions. 

*By submitting these images to Orion for inclusion in the Murmuration section of the magazine you also grant us permission for non-exclusive potential future use of said images with proper attribution, if selected.