ISSUE 6 IS HERE!

A shocking occurrence unmasks a professor and a ne’er-do-well covers up the truth. A machine exposes the past and lies linger between a dinner’s courses. A bijou boogeyman unleashes a daughter’s rage while ordinary colors and unusual mattresses strip away the pretense of composure. In Issue 6, seventeen artists brood on the secrets we keep, and what happens when they are exposed.

ISSUE 6 COVER

The downloadable PDF is designed so that it can be printed on double-sided paper for easy reading like a print magazine. As always, the issue is free, but there is a donation link should you choose to contribute.

Click here to get your copy!

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ISSUE 6 ARRIVES THIS THURSDAY!

It’s almost here! Autumn 2022 features a dark tale from India, disturbing looks at real-life events, emotional pieces by newer voices and scary stories by names that frequently haunt anthology tables of contents. Why, even the cover photo has an unsettling tale behind it! Our sixth issue is what you’ll want waiting when you take your break from prepping for the busy holiday season.

ISSUE 6 COVER

Cover Art: Ophelia’s Last Secret – Robert Cedergren

Shrike Song – Zachary Kellian

The Beginning of You – Samantha Bryant

The Gritter – Kurt Newton

The Baron of the Rails – Kurt Newton

The Dusk of Day-shapes – David H. West

And Satyrs Shall Dance There – John Berbrich

The Yakshi Next Door – Hareendran Kallinkeel

Head – Mark Steensland

Memory Foam – Rowan Hill

Her Color – Grace Rolen

Step on a Crack – Jake Jerome

Birthday Dinner, May 28. – Jennifer Judge

All Aboard – KC Grifant

Young People in Love – Sam Lesek

Ugly Cinderella – Molly Greer

Insert Name Here – J. Paul Ross

You’ll be able to download Issue 6 right from our Issues page here in just under two days!

Micro-focused Master Toolbox Online Writing Workshops starting September 28!

MASTER TOOLBOX SERIES ART 34O

We’re thrilled to announce Trisha J. Wooldridge and Kristi Petersen Schoonover (34O editor) will be hosting an online Master Toolbox Series for writers that micro-focuses on specific skills. There’s one session a month and, at $35/each, they’re affordable; you can take just one, multiples, or, if you wish, all of them at a discounted price. They’re also keyed to any skill level. Proceeds support both the New England Horror Writers and 34 Orchard. Details and how to register below.

Tools of the writing trade need a sharpen? Need to pick up some new ones? No worries! Beginning in September, 2022 and monthly through February, 2023, the New England Horror Writers will present two hour Zoom webinars (which will include exercises and time for Q&A) that delve deep into the specifics of craft and business skills!

Open to the general public and NEHW members, each class will focus on a specific topic. Instructors are Kristi Petersen Schoonover and Trisha J. Wooldridge.

If you’re looking to build some new skills, these micro-focused, affordable classes are the way to go—and yes, we have plans to offer subsequent sessions with different topics every fall-winter going forward!

Here’s the full schedule:

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 – 7—9 pm

Story Openings Blueprint

We’ve only got one sentence to hammer that “you must keep reading me!” message home—and many writers don’t realize that sometimes, a piece getting moved out of slush is dependent on the strength of that one sentence. From do’s and don’ts to mining and can’t-miss criteria, this class gives the blueprint for great openers.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – 7—9 pm

Excess Hardware: Wordiness and Filter Phrases

We build stories from words and phrases—but sometimes we use more hardware than necessary to get the job done! This course teaches how to thoroughly inspect the piece to identify extra words and filter phrases and how to remove them for a cleaner reading experience.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 – 7—9 pm

EnTITLEment: Top-Notch Titles

A title isn’t just a label in My Documents. A good one should tell the editor or reader something about the story—right down to its tone. EnTITLEment provides the tools to nail a top-notch title every time, so that it not only stands out in an editor’s inbox—it pops in a ToC!

Wednesday, December 14 – 7—9pm

The Architecture of the Submissions Process

There’s more to the submissions process than just clicking send. We’ll offer plenty of insider tips on everything from formatting, market searching and close reading of guidelines to cover letters and bios to ensure pieces get considered. We’ll also cover other mechanics like tracking and how to develop structured—but easy—processes that guarantee we don’t inadvertently screw ourselves.

Wednesday, January 25 – 7—9pm

Dampproofing Dialogue

At best, dialogue can say a lot about characters, make them leap off the page, and be incredibly memorable; at worst, it can waterlog the pacing, tell instead of show, turn the story into a boring lecture and quite literally, say nothing. We’ll not only study how to write effective dialogue that makes characters feel organic, we’ll look at formatting, dos and don’ts, and how to make choices about what comes out of people’s mouths.

Wednesday, February 22 – 7—9pm

Nailing Theme

When it comes to theme, many of us probably didn’t feel like the sharpest tool in the shed that was high school English—but as writers, understanding theme is crucial: it’s the support beam of the story. We’ve got a fool-proof, easy way to identify theme and thematic statement, and we’ll teach its use in building a story that will stand the test of time.

Class materials will be sent to registrants ahead of time via email and are included in the $25 NEHW Member/$35 NON-NEHW Member fees. You can sign up for any combination of classes. Want to buy access to ALL SIX webinars? You can do that too: Member price for all six webinars is $130; Non-member price is $175.
Registration for NEHW Members:
https://wickedcreativellc.submittable.com/submit/231651/nehw-members-master-toolbox-webinar-series

Registration for Non-paid Members:
https://wickedcreativellc.submittable.com/submit/232874/nehw-non-members-master-toolbox-webinar-series

The Autumn 2022 Submissions Window is Now Closed

Thank you all for your submissions! Our window for the Autumn 2022 issue is now closed. If you have submitted and have not yet received a response from us yet, you will receive a response no later than August 31.

If you need to contact us regarding withdrawing a submission, you can reach out to us through our Contact Page, or send an email to 34orchardjournal@gmail.com.

Enjoy the rest of 2022! We will be open for submissions for the Spring 2023 issue from January 1 – January 15, 2023.

Happy Independence Day Weekend! 34 ORCHARD taking submissions now through July 15!

34 Orchard’s Autumn 2022 submissions window is now open! We will only be open from July 1 – 15, 2022, so if you’re planning on submitting, please keep in mind that anything after July 15, 2022, will be deleted unread (and yes, we adjust for all worldwide time zones. So that’s after July 15 at 11:59pm wherever you are).

Please refer to our guidelines for information on how to submit. Check that out here at https://34orchard.com/guidelines/, and we look forward to reading your work!

It’s OFFICIAL! We will hold a Release Day Zoom Cocktail Hour for the contributors of each issue’s launch

Issue 5 Celebratory Glass of Wine

It’s always been one of 34 O’s missions to foster a sense of community among its writers, and while we’ve spent the past two years/five issues focused mainly on our magazine and its content, we now have a little bit of time to start better aligning with that mission.

Aside from starting a monthly blog series, we’ve figured out the mechanics (mostly) of holding a Zoom cocktail hour as part of each issue’s launch. A magazine/journal isn’t just a team effort by its staff—its contributors are a large part of its success, and we wanted to find a way to acknowledge that.

We’ve tried this idea previously—our in-person “launch” party, which was intended for only our friends, became an all day, four-session Zoom event due to the fact that we were all on pandemic lockdown. We tried an online Zoom party for Issue 3 for just the writers of all three issues, and while it was very successful and a total blast, we felt the “event” aspect needed some fine-tuning into something a little less formal and overwhelming (it went on for five hours).

Last night, we tried again, with a one-hour cocktail toast limited to just the current issue’s contributors, and were thrilled that it was a really great time. Everyone was relaxed, and the writers got to not only share what they were working on as well as their goals and dreams, they were in touch with each other, which was what we were going for.

Based on its success, then, I’m thrilled to announce we’ll be doing this for each issue: on or near launch day, we’ll hold a one-hour cocktail (or other beverage) toast that evening with any of the issue’s writers who wish to attend.

There’s still one tweak we’d like to make—we may do it the closest weekend to launch, so that we can hold it earlier in the day here in the US and any of our international writers who are in the issue can also attend. We haven’t really figured this part out yet, but bear with us—we will!

ISSUE 5 HAS ARRIVED!

It’s time … twenty-five artists focus on the things we refuse to see. Lovecraftian crazy in the Old West, Kerouac-style bummin’ with a morbid twist, Poe-esque madness on the open sea, Nin-inspired snails and more await. There are seven heartbreaking, chilling poems, a nightmare-inducing tale from Poland, and an exclusive excerpt from a forthcoming speculative memoir. A few familiar favorites, like Ali Seay, Die Booth, and Patricia Bettis, and some fresh new voices. You’ll want to get your eyes on this issue.

34 ORCHARD Issue 5 Spring 2022 Cover

The downloadable PDF is designed so that it can be printed on double-sided paper for easy reading like a print magazine. As always, the issue is free, but there is a donation link should you choose to contribute.

Click here to get your copy!

If you like what you’ve read, spread the word! We’re also starting up some resource content for both writers and readers on our blog, so consider signing up to get those posts right in your email.

You won’t want to miss Issue 5 on April 25! Announcing our TOC!

34 ORCHARD Issue 5 Spring 2022 Cover

In wall-bound creatures, leucistic birds, and murderous gardens and forests; in natural disasters and terrifying hauntings; in everywhere from modern-day skyscrapers to the Old West, the upcoming issue of 34 Orchard’s twenty-five artists focus on the things we refuse to see, and what that might mean.

We’re excited to announce the Table of Contents for the Spring 2022, which will be released on April 25—and thanks to several generous donations, this issue is even larger than our last one! We’ve even arranged for an exclusive preview of an upcoming speculative memoir, soon to be available from Thera Books. You won’t want to miss this issue!

Cover Art: Darker Beach: The Five of Cups – Annie Dunn Watson

Mister Skinandbones – Selah Janel

Any Little Spot – Ali Seay

Less Than Twelve Hours After She Is Dead, We Begin To Erase Her – Lynne Schmidt

Showdown at Dark Rock – Douglas Van Hollen

Mollusk Madness – Priscilla Bettis

Yet Another Poem About Birds – Robert Bulman

Gone for Good – M.C. Herrington

Bummin’ to the Beat of the Road – Eric J. Guignard

Cell – Victoria Nordlund

Little Red – Paula Weiman

Day One Hundred and Sixty-Four – Sam Berkeley

Mommy Monster – Elizabeth Falcon

Rereading Auden – David Donna

Floor Five – Die Booth

The Mascot – B.C.G. Jones

Not All There – Ken Craft

Lexie – Kimberly Moore

The Price of Survival – X. Culletto

Chernobyl Spring – David Holper

A Cracked Screen – Alice Avoy

Excerpts from Kinesiophobia – Meghan Guidry

Scrapbook – Kevin Grandfield

What if he remembers? – Judi Calhoun

Around Here Somewhere – Jeff Adams

The issue will be up right here on our Issues page on April 25, 2022.

The Spring 2022 Submissions Window is Now Closed

Thank you all for your submissions! Our window for the Spring 2022 issue is now closed.

We will be open for submissions for the Fall 2022 issue from July 1 – July 15, 2022—note the change; going forward, we’re now only going to be open for half the month.

We’re also going to make some adjustments to our guidelines to make it a little easier for people to submit and to alleviate some workflow issues, so if you’d like to send us work in the summer, please be sure to read our guidelines page first. They’re not updated as of this posting, but will be shortly.

We look forward to reading your work!