Submission Guidelines


Open April 15 to April 30, 2024


We’re continuing our reader-sourced Murmuration section next summer, 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 April 15-30, 2024, we’re looking for shades and images of the color green, from food, plants, textiles, wildlife, unexpected, and unnatural sources. 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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Open May 15 to 30, 2024

Essays on the Environments of Film and Television

With help from our friend Lulu Miller or 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 15-30th, 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 two.
A link to submit through Submittable will appear here by May 15.

Please write to with any questions.

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.