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Taking Submissions: 34 Orchard

July 31, 2020

Deadline: July 31st, 2020
Payment: $50
Theme: Stories that are “scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad”

What We Publish

At 34 Orchard, we like dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth. We’re not genre-specific; we just like scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad. We like things we can’t put down and things that make us go “wow” when we’ve finished. But our main goal here at 34 Orchard is to publish the stuff we like to read, and you’re not in our heads. So don’t over think it. Just submit.

*Update: There has been some question floating around social media in some writing circles as to whether or not writing about the world’s recent pandemic is appropriate, as in, is it “too soon?” At 34 Orchard, we do not think it is too soon. Some of the best art emerges from the darkest tragedies, and often during or immediately afterward. If you have a dark, emotional piece about the pandemic—any aspect of it—we are more than happy to consider it when we are open again for submissions.*

Word Counts

Short fiction from 1000 to 7500 words

Poetry any style or length

When We Publish

We publish two issues per year, one in the spring (April) and one in the fall (November). Issues are hosted on this site as PDFs.

Reading Period

Our reading period for the Spring Issue is January 1-January 31.

Our reading period for the Fall Issue is July 1-July 31.

We only accept submissions, therefore, during January and July. Anything submitted to us outside those months will be deleted unread, and no response will be sent.

Simultaneous Submissions

Yes, we welcome and encourage them! Just notify us at [email protected] if it’s been accepted elsewhere as soon as you know.

Multiple Submissions

No. We only consider one piece of fiction per writer at a time. Poetry: you may send up to three at once.


No. We don’t accept anything from our open submissions call that has been previously published.


The usual: Times New Roman 12 point font/Double spaced

Send as a .doc only (no docx, rtf, pdf) attachment to [email protected] Please note that if you send us anything but a .doc, your story will be automatically rejected unread. We will not be reading docx, rtf, or pdf documents, nor will we read links from Google Drive or Google Docs. If you don’t know how to convert, here is an online converter that’s easy and works well: https://onlineconvertfree.com/convert-format/docx-to-doc/. If you are still having problems, please drop us a note!

Cover Letter: Just the nuts and bolts. Your name and contact info, the story/poem title, word count, if it’s a simultaneous submission, third person 100 word or fewer bio.

Email Subject Line should read: Submission: “Story Title,” Last Name or Submission: “Poem Title,” Last Name

Response Time

Writers will hear back from us no later than February 28 for the spring issue and August 31 for the fall issue.

We do not provide feedback on rejected pieces.


We buy Exclusive First World Electronic and Archival Rights. That means we are buying the right to publish your piece first online, and ask that we be the only ones to publish it for a period of one year from the date of publication. After that year is up, the rights revert to you, so you may offer reprint and other rights to other publishers, publish it yourself, or do whatever. Archival Rights means we have the right to keep it available in the issue in which it appears, so as long as we’re up and running, your piece is online. This is standard with most online publications.

If you’d like more information about these rights in depth, you can visit here: https://www.writing-world.com/rights/rights.shtml


Payment is $50 on signing of the contract, usually shortly after acceptance. You will need to have a PayPal address to receive payment; we don’t use any other form of internet cash transfer service. If this doesn’t work for you, we’re happy to send you a paper check.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us through our Contact page, or send an email to [email protected].

Duotrope: an award-winning resource for writers

Yes! We are listed on Duotrope, and you can find our listing here. We encourage everyone to check them out and sign up. Our editor, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, has been using them as a submissions tool since shortly after they started in 2005. https://duotrope.com/

We look forward to reading your work!

Want more insight? Read our interview at Six Questions For … here!

Via: 34 Orchard.


July 31, 2020