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!


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!


Issue 1–our debut–is now available!

With cover art by Brandon Kawashima, this issue features artists from as far away as Greece, Nigeria and the UK–as well as right here in the US and delivers visceral work that unpacks the things we don’t want to admit are in our basements.

The downloadable PDF is designed so that it can be printed on double-sided paper for easy reading like a print magazine.

The issue is free, but there is a donation link should you choose to contribute.

Click here to get your your copy!

Announcing the Spring 2020 Issue’s Table of Contents!

JPEG OF ISSUE 1 COVEROn April 25, artists from all over the globe deliver visceral work that unpacks the things we don’t want to admit are in our basements. Announcing the Table of Contents for 34 Orchard’s Inaugural issue!

Cover Art: Lost and Found, Brandon Kawashima

Trenchman – John Wayne Comunale

Madame Rosio Holds a Séance – J. Federle

A Murder – Die Booth

Tales from a Communion Line – Yash Seyedbagheri

A Hand Against My Window – Deborah L. Davitt

Night Crier – Stephen Mark Rainey

Runner – Chrissie Rohrman

Bad Altitude – Luke Spooner, Carrion House, http://www.carrionhouse.com

Bones – Crystal Sidell

Kintsugi – Page Sullivan

Christmas Chicken – Ernest O. Ògúnyemí

/thestrangethingwebecome – Eric LaRocca

Laying out my dolls – Malcolm Davidson

Lust Becomes Us – Dawson M. Kiser

Like It’s A Mad Thing – Lee Ann Kostempski

the reader – Christopher Woods

The Pink Casket – Atalanti Evripidou

Dinner at the Candlestick Table – Megan Wildhood

34 ORCHARD still stands

We all know what’s going on in the world right now. I just wanted to pop in and say that everything is on track for our April 25 release, so yes, you all still have that to look forward to! The spring issue is completely laid out and is being given its final proofread now. We will be announcing the Table of Contents shortly, as well as post the link for a recent interview — we were featured by writer Angelique Fawns on Horror Tree!

If you donated, you will be receiving your copy ahead of the general public. We are planning on sending that out this week. If you have donated and have not yet heard from us, you will hear from us soon. While we are still fine and on track over here, we openly admit that, with all the insanity, a few things have slipped through the cracks. We are working to get caught up. Do not think you were forgotten, or that we don’t appreciate you.

We hope you are all staying safe, and finding comfort where and when you can. Hang in there. Once we hit bottom, the only way to go is up.

Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Editor