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.
We are an international journal and welcome submissions from everyone, all over the world. As of our Fall 2021 issue, we have published work from Africa, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
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.
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.
Yes, we welcome and encourage them! Just notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org if it’s been accepted elsewhere as soon as you know.
No. We only consider one piece of fiction per writer at a time. Poetry: you may send up to three at once as three separate documents attached to one email.
No. We don’t accept anything from our open submissions call that has been previously published.
How to Submit
Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, those that do not follow guidelines will be deleted unread, and no response will be sent. If you haven’t heard from us by either February 28 (Spring) or August 31 (Fall), assume that your story wasn’t properly formatted.
We do NOT accept:
Links to Google Drive
Links to Google Docs
Stories pasted into the email
Most versions of Word should have a very easy “Save As” feature. If you don’t have that, 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 and we will figure something out! We are happy to work with you.
Cover Letter: Your name and contact info, the story/poem title, word count, if it’s a simultaneous submission, third person 100 word or fewer bio. Please paste your cover letter into the body of the email.
Email Subject Line should read: Submission: “Story Title,” Last Name or Submission: “Poem Title,” Last Name
Send to email@example.com
We’re writers too, so we do our best to process submissions as quickly as possible (usually within a few days, unless we’re seriously considering it) so that work is free for other opportunities if we decide to pass. Writers who have met the submission guidelines 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 are overseas, please ensure you have a PayPal account. We apologize for the inconvenience, but, again, we don’t work with any other cash transfer service. No exceptions.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us through our Contact page, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!