This the submission portal for Orca, A Literary Journal, and 55 Fathoms Publishing. To query 55 Fathoms Publishing, please scroll down.

Orca publishes four issues per year. Beginning in 2022 our schedule will be: January (speculative); April (literary); July (speculative); October (literary). 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.

This is our fee submissions category for 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.

You may submit once in each area of the category: literary short story; literary flash fiction; speculative short story; speculative flash fiction. Use a separate submission for each. Identify the category of your submission using the labels below. (Submittable limits how many portals we can have open, which is why these are combined.)

Unpublished fiction only: Up to 3 flash fictions of less than 1000 words each in one document, or 1 short story up to 8000 words.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

Orca publishes four issues per year. Beginning in 2022 our schedule will be: January (speculative); April (literary); July (speculative); October (literary). Full guidelines here.

This is our fee submissions category for 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.

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.

Orca publishes four issues per year. Beginning in 2022 our schedule will be: January (speculative); April (literary); July (speculative); October (literary). Full guidelines here.

55 Fathoms Publishing is the book publishing partner to Orca, A Literary Journal. We are open for queries for both fiction and nonfiction works. 

Fiction: We are particularly interested in books that are  high-concept literary, as well as those that exist on the boundary  between literary and speculative—books of profound imagination and  exquisite writing. In your submission please include, in a single  document: a query letter and the first 10 pages of your book. 

Nonfiction: Topics of interest include current social and political events, science, nature, environment, history, mathematics, and true crime. A collection of essays is also welcome. We will also consider memoir, but your story needs to be much more interesting than a family history. Send a query letter, a table of contents, and the first 10  pages. 

Please see the submission guidelines for more detailed information.

Orca, A Literary Journal