The Spring 2021 Table of Contents is here!

34 ORCHARD Issue 3 Cover

We’re excited to announce the Table of Contents for Issue 3 – Spring 2021 – coming to this website April 25, 2021!

In our third issue, twenty artists ruminate on the sometimes devastating consequences of choice … on the verandah, a selection of cocktails awaits. Choose wisely!

Cover Art: Please Pray – Jen Connic

Am I Beautiful? – Carl Olson

Inheritance – Annie Dunn Watson

Salt and Pepper – W.T. Paterson

The Days Before – Stephanie Lennon

Ribbons – Crystal Sidell

Ark – Charlotte Wyatt

Because You’re Mine – Meghan Arcuri

What the Hands Say of Love – David Holper

Apology – William Kitcher

Intersection – Heather Sullivan

A Lively Place – Nadine Rodriguez

Jim’s World – Ken MacGregor

Unfolding – Elisa Subin

The names of birds. – Jared Lynch

Last Stone on the Left – David H. West

Everything Left in the Bag – Keltie Zubko

One Flesh – Jon Shank

Bathtub Mary – Trisha J. Wooldridge

The Bodies We Should Forget – Nicola Kapron

You’ll be able to download your copy from our Issue Page here on Sunday, April 25. Don’t forget the donate link! Our issues are always free of charge, but if you’d like to help us out, we’d love that. We pay our artists $50 per piece, and that largely comes out of our pockets. Help us keep great art in the world—and others escape to 34 Orchard.

Congratulations are in order …

We’ve just learned that Deborah L. Davitt’s poem “A Hand Against My Window” has been nominated for the 2021 Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award! Congratulations, Deborah!

We published “A Hand Against My Window” because it’s just plain terrifying. Check it out in Issue 1 here: https://34orchard.com/issues/issue-1/

If you’d like to learn more about the SFPA and the Rhysling Award, you can do that here: https://www.sfpoetry.com/index.html

Our January reading period’s a wrap!

Our submissions window for the Spring 2021 issue is now closed. We once again received over 1000 submissions, and we are thankful for everyone’s work! There were very difficult decisions to make (and still to be made).

If you’ve not received a decision yet, we will let you know no later than February 28. Between now and then, if you haven’t gotten an answer and you need to withdraw your work due to acceptance elsewhere, please drop us a line at 34orchardjournal@gmail.com.

Certainly, if you have any questions or concerns, you can also email us at the same address. We’ll get back to your promptly.

The reading period for the Autumn 2021 issue, which will be published in November, is from July 1 to July 31, 2021. We look forward to reading your work next time around!

HAPPY 2021! Submissions are now open!

It’s January 1, 2021, and while it means the crazy that was 2020 is over, it also means our submissions are open, so let’s get back to work! Don’t delay—the window closes January 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. US Eastern time.

We are accepting fiction and poetry. Please visit our guidelines.

If you’d like to read our first two issues to get a sense of what we’re all about, visit our Issues page here. We look forward to reading your work!

ISSUE 2 IS HERE!

34 ORCHARD Issue 2 Cover

34 Orchard‘s Issue 2, Autumn 2020, has arrived! You can head over to our issues page here to download your copy as a PDF.

While we don’t have a print edition–this is so we can focus on paying our writers–the PDF is designed for double-sided printing.

As always, our issues are free of charge, but if you’d like to help us out, there’s a link to donate $1.99, and a Paypal address at the bottom of the page if you’d like to donate more.

We are extremely proud of the fine work featured in this issue, and we’re especially happy that COVID didn’t foil our plans for bringing our readers quality work. Thank you for supporting us, and enjoy!

Announcing the Autumn 2020 Table of Contents!

34 ORCHARD Issue 2 Cover

It’s been an interesting journey this time around, but we’re delighted to announce the Table of Contents for our sophomore issue—coming to this website on November 10!

In this issue, twenty-one artists from everywhere burn worlds to the ground in terrifyingly beautiful ways, featuring the following art, fiction and poetry:

In the Witch House — Chris Campeau

fairy ring — Clay McLeod Chapman

I Tell the Moon — Carol Despeaux Fawcett

Phantom Touch — Amar Benchikha

You Do the Hokey Pokey — Jay Abramowitz

Not Your Kid — Juleigh Howard-Hobson

Fish — Corin Scher

Seven Vignettes about Rats (Creative Nonfiction) — Kali Meister

A Plastic Life — Desirae Terrien

The Jet Black Knight — Lorna Wood

Extinction — Page Sullivan

Polka Dot — MK Roney

A Walk to the Pond — Elizabeth J. Coleman

Loose Ends — C.M. Saunders

Amy’s Game — Liam Hogan

Every Piece (is Sacred) — Hunter Liguore

No Regrets in New Jerusalem — Kaitlyn Downing

Carrion — Ellen Andersen

Staying Inside — Brandon Kawashima

Cactusland — R.A. Busby

Cover Art: Burning the Bitch’s Fence – Billy Bradshaw

You’ll be able to download your copy from our Issue Page here on Tuesday, November 10. Don’t forget the donate link! Our issues are always free of charge, but if you’d like to help us out—especially during these crazy times—we’d love it. We pay our artists $50 per piece, and that largely comes out of our pockets. Help us keep great art in the world—and others escape to 34 Orchard.

Our submissions window has closed

Our submissions window for the Autumn 2020 issue is now closed. We received over 1000 submissions, and we are thankful for everyone’s work! There were very difficult decisions to make (and still to be made).

If you’ve not received a decision yet, we will let you know no later than August 31. Between now and then, if you haven’t gotten an answer and you need to withdraw your work due to acceptance elsewhere, please drop us a line at 34orchardjournal@gmail.com.

Certainly, if you have any questions or concerns, you can also email us at the same address. We’ll get back to your promptly.

The reading period for the Spring 2021 issue, which will be published in April, is from January 1 to January 31, 2021. We look forward to reading your work next time around!

The View from the Inbox …

We’re not very vocal on this blog, but that’s simply because there’s a lot of work involved in the production of 34 Orchard—and our readers are writers and editors, too. Every minute we spend blogging is a minute we don’t spend on the issue.

That said, I wanted to take a moment to give everyone an “Inbox Update.” During our debut submission period, in January, we received a little over 700 submissions. From those, we selected 16 to publish.

This time around, our numbers have significantly increased … perhaps, because of the pandemic and people have been home. We have nine days left of submissions to go. We have turned down 650 submissions so far (keep in mind, some of those contain three poems each). We have one hundred new ones to be reviewed, with approximately fifty more coming in every day, and our volume is so high that, at this point, we are only sending out notices on pieces we are rejecting until our window closes on July 31.

We have, so far, accepted just seven pieces of work.

That said, if you’ve not heard from us yet, it means your story or poem is being held to read after the window closes, and we’ll make a decision then. Right now, that is about thirty pieces. If you’d like to query, we welcome that, just please note it may take a couple of days to get back to you. Not only are we all writers and editors, we have full-time jobs—and most of us didn’t get the luxury of working from home.

We hope you are having a productive summer, and thank you for letting us read your work!