Through December 31, after you submit through the Standard Fee portal you’ll be sent to a  page where you can read and download a pdf copy of our latest issue. You can also submit for no fee.

Orca publishes three times a year: the March and November issues are dedicated to literary fiction, and the July issue contains literary speculative work. See the Literary issue guidelines here, and the Lit-Spec guidelines here.

Orca publishes short stories and flash fiction. We are a literary journal and we believe in the literary style of writing. We are open to almost any topic, as long as it’s written in a literary style. We are committed to diversity of origins and perspectives on our pages. But the main  criterion by which we judge submissions is the quality of the writing. We seek work that is high concept: imaginative, thoughtful, even speculative, and open to possibilities. We look for deep, diverse characters, and narratives that blend genres, or connect seemingly disparate ideas.

Orca also offers 100 free submissions each month in addition to the $3 standard fee. We currently pay $50 for published short stories and $25 for flash fiction.

Through December 31, after you submit through the Standard Fee portal you'll be sent to a page where you can read and download a pdf copy of our latest issue.

This is our fee submissions category for literary fiction. All of our submissions are considered equally. So why pay a fee when you don’t have to? You’re making it possible for someone without financial means to submit. Submittable is not free to use, and even with the subscription fee we pay, we can only accept a limited number of no-fee submissions. By submitting to this category you’re supporting another writer, as well as the journal. We appreciate your donation.

Orca's literary issues are published in February and October. Full guidelines here.

By submitting here you will receive our response in one month or less. If you use the free option you will not receive our response until after the submission period closes.  

Unpublished fiction only: 1 short story up to 8000 words or up to 3 flash fictions of less than 1000 words each in one document. Please use a readable serif font in 12 points. A word count is appreciated.

Through December 31, after you submit through the Standard Fee portal you'll be sent to a page where you can read and download a pdf copy of our latest issue.

This is our fee submissions category for speculative fiction. All of our submissions are considered equally. So why pay a fee when you don’t have to? You’re making it possible for someone without financial means to submit. Submittable is not free to use, and even with the subscription fee we pay, we can only accept a limited number of no-fee submissions. By submitting to this category you’re supporting another writer, as well as the journal. We appreciate your donation.

Orca's Literary Speculative issue is published in July. Full guidelines here.

By submitting here you will receive our response in one month or less. If you use the free option you will not receive our response until after the submission period closes.  

Unpublished fiction only: 1 short story up to 8000 words or up to 3 flash fictions of less than 1000 words each in one document. Please use a readable serif font in 12 points. A word count is appreciated.

Orca, A Literary Journal