Submission Guidelines


Open May 10 to 25, 2024


With help from our friend Lulu Miller of Radiolab fame, we are preparing an issue on queer ecology—a celebration of the plants, landscapes, and creatures that have always existed, and a technicolor refutation to the idea that queerness is unnatural— and we’re looking for stories about food. From May 10-25th, send us your pitches about the queer ingredients in your pantry and the queer crops in your garden. Pitches (not full stories!) should be for nonfiction (essay, memoir, or reporting), and no more than a page or so.


Next pitch theme, coming soon…


For next summer, we’re planning a celebration of all things mushrooms: foraging for them, encountering them on grocery store shelves, even swimming by them. We’re looking for pitches for nonfiction stories about important mushrooms in history. From July 1-15th, send us your ideas for emperors poisoned by mushrooms, brilliant mushroom heists, or religious leaders who prayed to mushrooms.  Pitches (not full stories, please!) should be for nonfiction (essay, memoir, or reporting), and no more than a page or so.

A link to submit through Submittable will appear here by July 1.

Please write to with any questions.


Open July 1-15, 2024


We’re continuing our reader-sourced Murmuration section this winter, 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 (second page) of the magazine.

During our submission window from July 1-15, 2024, we’re looking for your best photos of marquees, theaters, drive-ins, and screens in the wild. 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.

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.

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Note: In general, we’re not able to consider submissions for poetry, fiction, or AI-assisted works at this time, even during an open pitch window.