Guidelines for Written Submissions

The submission window is currently closed. Our prose submission window will open again April 1 – 15, 2017. Our poetry submission window will open April 15 – 30, 2017.

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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.

We appreciate the opportunity to consider unsolicited essays, narrative nonfiction, journalistic dispatches, short fiction, and poems that are resonant with Orion’s focus on nature, culture, and place. No unsolicited article queries or book reviews, please. 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 (“Lay of the Land” and “Coda”). We kindly ask that you read a few issues of Orion before approaching us with manuscripts.

Orion accepts submissions during designated submission windows only. We can consider only one submission per person, per submission window—additional submissions will not be accepted. Simultaneous submissions to other publications are acceptable, so long as they are labeled as such, and we ask that you notify us if your submission needs to be withdrawn from consideration at Orion. We do our best to respond to submissions within three months, but, in some cases, the wait may be longer. Because we are a very small staff, we are unable to respond to inquiries about the status of submissions. This is especially true for phone calls. We appreciate your patience!

For information regarding submission of visual material, please click here. For information regarding submissions to the Place Where You Live department, please click here.

We greatly prefer to receive manuscripts via our online submission system; however, if circumstances require a hard copy submission, it can be sent to:

Submissions Editor
1 Short Street
Northampton, Massachusetts

Thank you for your interest in Orion!

—The Editors