*NOTE: Orion will be open to submissions April 15, 2019 - June 15, 2019.*

The editorial impulse of Orion lies at the nexus of ecology and the human experience. The magazine distinguishes itself from the din of common culture through its depth of inquiry, commitment to interdisciplinary thought, and an emphasis on insight and imagination alongside a big-picture approach to problem-solving.

Features
Our feature stories typically range from 1,000 to 6,000 words in length, comprising and often combining a variety of genres and formats: essay, memoir, reporting, science writing, criticism, fiction, and comics. More than any particular angle or theme, we value work that expands or challenges our understanding of nature, culture, and place, reflecting thoughtful experience with diverse surroundings.

Lay of the Land and Enumeration
Additionally, writers may submit their work to one of Orion’s two departments. The front-of-book Lay of the Land department features reports and dispatches from a revolving cast of writers that strive to decode the surprising, confusing, and endearing world we live in. Pieces are meant to be very accessible and personable and are no more than 1,000 words. Enumeration, a one-page column that closes each issue, takes the form of a clever, lyrical, humorous, inviting, and meaningful list about our relationship to the natural world, and is generally under 600 words.

Book Reviews
Pitches for reviews of recent or forthcoming books that share Orion’s concerns can be sent directly to reviews@orionmagazine.org.

Poetry
We're not reading poetry submissions at the moment. **Please do not send us poetry.** 

Photography and Visual Art
In addition to regularly featuring portfolios and photo essays, Orion accompanies most of its stories with bold and striking imagery. We are always curious to hear from artists whose work shares our concerns with nature, culture, and place.

Artists are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with past issues of Orion before approaching us with portfolios. Though our catalog reflects a broad range of visual styles, most of the artwork in Orion maintains intuitive connections to the physical world.

Correspondence should ideally link to a web gallery, lightbox, or shared folder. We prefer not to receive media submissions attached directly to emails.

Submissions, pitches, or inquiries can be sent to Sumanth Prabhaker, sumanth@orionmagazine.org.

The Fine Print

  • Writers are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with past issues of Orion before approaching us with manuscripts. Another recommended option is to attend an Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop.
  • Orion is only able to consider manuscripts posted during designated submission windows.
  • Writers are limited to one submission per category, per window—additional submissions will not be considered.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your submission if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • Because all submissions are reviewed twice over by a team of editors, it may take us up to six months to respond. In the meantime, we are unlikely to have an answer to inquiries about the status of submissions. We appreciate your patience as we get to know your work!
  • Whenever possible, please use our online submission system – it’s free and easy to navigate. The online submission system eases communication between Orion’s offices, allowing your work to be read by as many editors as possible.

Submission difficulties? Contact us at submissions@orionmagazine.org. If you are unable to submit digitally, hard-copy submissions can be sent to: Submissions, Orion, 1 Short Street, Northampton, MA 01060

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
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.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES
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). 

Deadline: May 23, 2019. We do not recommend waiting until the deadline to apply. The workshop will fill. 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 two to three 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.

Ends on June 15, 2019

Orion considers unsolicited essays and narrative nonfiction that offer fresh insight into the intersection of nature, culture, and place. No book reviews or pitches, please.

Note: If your essay is under 1,000 words, we encourage you to consider submitting to the "Lay of the Land" or "Enumeration" categories instead.

All submissions should be in 12 pt. Times New Roman, single spaced, and should include page numbers. We encourage you to keep your cover letter brief, but ask that you include the title and word count of your submission as well as your contact information (including full name and email address).

Ends on June 15, 2019

Orion considers unsolicited short fiction in which themes of nature and place figure centrally.

All submissions should be in 12 pt. Times New Roman, single spaced, and should include page numbers. We encourage you to keep your cover letter brief, but ask that you include the title and word count of your submission as well as your contact information (including full name and email address).

Ends on June 15, 2019

Orion welcomes submissions to its Lay of the Land department. The department, which appears near the front of each issue of the magazine, is a place for short (400 - 1,000 word) dispatches, profiles, vignettes, and journalistic ephemera that gesture toward some relationship between humans and the natural world. Humor, oddity, and liveliness are encouraged.

All submissions should be in 12 pt. Times New Roman, single spaced, and should include page numbers. We encourage you to keep your cover letter brief, but ask that you include the title and word count of your submission as well as your contact information (including full name and email address).


Ends on June 15, 2019

Orion welcomes submissions to its Enumeration department. A numbered and annotated list curated to the topic of the author's choosing, Enumeration pieces can contain as many entries as the author wishes, but the overall length is limited to 800 words. These pieces can be humorous or contemplative, but always fresh and never preachy. 

All submissions should be in 12 pt. Times New Roman, single spaced. We encourage you to keep your cover letter brief, but ask that you include the title and word count of your submission as well as your contact information (including full name and email address).

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