Guidelines

Orca publishes three issues per year. March and November feature Literary stories, and July is our Literary-Speculative issue. Literary stories with a speculative aspect are sometimes included in the March and November issues. Beginning in 2022 we will publish a second Literary-Speculative issue; the first one will be in January.

We offer 100 fee-free submissions each month. 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 issue.

We are open for submissions to both genres year-round.

Click here for specific Literary guidelines.

Click here for specific Literary-Speculative guidelines.