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

We are open to all writers, without prejudice or preference. The  language of a story is very important to us—we like it to be intelligent  and erudite. We prefer work that is high concept: imaginative,  thoughtful, even speculative, open to possibilities. Give us deep,  diverse characters. Blend genres. Connect seemingly disparate ideas.  Keep it entertaining, but make us think.

Orca is fee free for the first 100 submissions each month. After that, Submittable charges us, so we have to charge. If we make a little profit from that, we’ll return it to our published writers as a stipend (currently $25 per published piece). 

Please note: This is our no-fee submission portal. We can accept 100 no-fee submissions per month. We ask those who can afford to do so to consider submitting through the fee-based portal, so that others for whom a fee is a financial hardship can submit for free. 

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

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

Unpublished fiction only: Up to 3 flash fictions of less than 1000 words each in one document, or 1 short story up to 8000 words.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. Double space. Indent paragraphs. Minimum one inch margins. Author name and email, and a word count on the top of the first page. Start the story about halfway down the first page, with the title and byline centered above it. Title and page numbers on subsequent pages in the header. 

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.

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. 

Double space. Indent paragraphs. Minimum one inch margins. Author name and email, and a word count on the top of the first page. Start the story about halfway down the first page, with the title and byline centered above it. Title and page numbers on subsequent pages in the header. 

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.

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.

Double space. Indent paragraphs. Minimum one inch margins. Author name and email, and a word count on the top of the first page. Start the story about halfway down the first page, with the title and byline centered above it. Title and page numbers on subsequent pages in the header. 

Please note: This is our no-fee submission portal. We can accept 100 no-fee submissions per month. We ask those who can afford to do so to consider submitting through the fee-based portal, so that others for whom a fee is a financial hardship can submit for free. 

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

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

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. Double space. Indent paragraphs. Minimum one inch margins. Author name and email, and a word count on the top of the first page. Start the story about halfway down the first page, with the title and byline centered above it. Title and page numbers on subsequent pages in the header. 

Orca, A Literary Journal