If 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 literary or literary-speculative issue. We also accept 100 no fee submissions per month.

Orca publishes three times a year: the March and November issues are dedicated to literary fiction, and the July issue contains literary-speculative work. Beginning in 2022 we will add a second literary-speculative issue. See the Literary issue guidelines here, and the Lit-Spec guidelines here.

Orca publishes short stories and flash fiction, and a limited amount of nonfiction. 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 offers 100 free submissions each month in addition to the $3 standard fee. If the fee-free submission forms do not appear, it means the 100 free submissions have been used for that month, and the free portals will reopen at the start of the next month. 

We currently pay $50 for published short stories and $25 for flash fiction. You can also get editorial feedback from two readers or one senior editor for an $9 fee. For full manuscript editing and consultation visit our website.

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 literary 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 March and November. 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Unpublished fiction only: 1 short story up to 8000 words or up to 3 flash fictions of less than 1000 words each in one document.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.

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 literary issue.

This is our fee submissions category for literary nonfiction. 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 March and November. 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 nonfiction only: 1 story from 2000 to 8000 words. No flash. Please use a readable serif font in 12 points. A word count is appreciated.

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 literary-speculative 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