Orson’s Review is a digital literary journal committed to delivering the wise yet approachable. Writers and artists may submit as directed for consideration in our annual issue.
To best understand what Orson’s Review aims to publish, we highly recommend browsing earlier issues. A few words to get you started, however: we won’t shy away from the experimental, nor will we begrudge the traditional. Whether you have multiple credits to your name, or are new to your craft: if you believe you have something to say, and that you could be saying it in an interesting way, we’d be honored if you considered submitting to Orson’s Review.
Issue One of Orson’s Review is now live. Before submitting, please review the Orson's Review Submission Guidelines below.
Orson's Review Submission Guidelines
*ATTN: The submission period for Issue Two is now open, and will remain open until October 1st, 2018.
- For all submissions, please include contact info (email and/or phone). You can send a cover letter if you want (in the body of the email), but a cover letter is not required.
- Please also include a short third-person bio of up to 150 words for all submissions.
- Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please let us know the moment your piece is accepted elsewhere.
We love flash fiction. We love short stories. We love novel excerpts. Submit your best previously unpublished work, and only one piece at a time. We’ll do our best to respond within four months.
Please send your fiction to fictioneditor [at] orsonspublishing.com, with the subject line: Fiction Submission – [title of work] by [your name]
Please do not send pieces exceeding 15,000 words.
Please place all poems into one document prior to submitting. It likely goes without saying, but please set your poem as you want it to appear on the screen, or on the page. Submit your best, previously unpublished work. We’ll do our best to respond within four months.
Please send your poetry to poetryeditor [at] orsonspublishing.com, with the subject line: Poetry Submission – [title of work] by [your name]. If you’re sending multiple poems, please have the subject line read: Multiple Poems by [your name].
Please send up to seven poems.
Book reviews and criticism aren’t welcome in this space. What we want is Truth, and, equally important, truth. If that takes the shape of a straightforward essay, send it along. And if it takes the shape of a modified anatomical diagram with notes on which body parts aren't operating properly and why, send that along too. We primarily look for personal essays, but memoir excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. Submit your best, previously unpublished work, and only one piece at a time. We’ll do our best to respond within four months.
Please send your creative nonfiction as an attachment to nonfictioneditor [at] orsonspublishing.com, with the subject line: Creative Nonfiction Submission – [title of work] by [your name]
Please do not send pieces exceeding 15,000 words.
Art & Photography
Your work could be paired with a piece of writing. Or it could become our next cover. Or it could stand as its own section within the digital and/or print journal. What we’re saying is that we find it best to remain fluid when it comes to art & photography submissions. We hope you feel similarly. An example: in the event of your submitting one piece that we like but don’t love, it’s possible that we’ll ask you to send along more of your work. We’ll do our best to respond within four months.
*Please send your art & photography as an attachment (file type your choice; make sure it serves the piece(s) at hand) to editor [at] orsonspublishing.com, with the subject line: Art & Photography Submission – [title of work] by [your name]. If you’re sending multiple pieces, please have the subject line read: Multiple Pieces by [your name].
Contributors to Orson’s Review will receive promotion from all of Orson’s Review channels – funneled directly to their work.
We ask for first-time publishing rights or submitted written work. Once we publish the issue your work appears within, copyright will revert back to you. If your work is reprinted after appearing in Orson's Review, please reference our prior publication. We do reserve the right to include your work on our website, or in collections of texts selected from past issues.
We retain no rights on submitted artwork and images. They belong exclusively to the photographer/owner. However, by submitting your visual work, you agree to allow Orson's Review to display it in various digital channels, including orsonspublishing.com, Twitter, and Facebook. Your work will always appear credited to you.
ORSON's REVIEW TEAM
EDITOR IN CHIEF
Garrett Dennert was raised in West Michigan and in 2012 earned his B.A. in Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University. From 2012 through 2014, Garrett served as the Nonfiction Editor of Squalorly. He has been fortunate enough to place literary work at Barely South Review, Midwestern Gothic, Monkeybicycle, and Whiskeypaper.
Garrett founded Orson's Publishing in 2016. That same year, he published his first novel, Wounded Tongue.
Currently, Garrett serves as editor for the Visual Arts portions of Orson's Review.
Kerri Caldwell was raised in Virginia Beach, VA, where she still resides. She is currently working towards her B.A. in Creative Writing & English from Southern New Hampshire University. She hopes to find her place within the worlds of writing, editing, and publishing.
Kerri has been writing and editing for Southern New Hampshire’s online writing community, The Odyssey, since 2016. She uses this opportunity to publish articles about the hard topics in life that are real, but ignored. She has written successful articles about Celiac Disease, infertility, depression, living with an autoimmune disease, and coping with losing parents at a young age. She recently started an internship with Geekisphere, where she has the dream job of writing articles about tv shows, movies, and comics.
Alisha Crump graduated with her BA in English Studies from Ball State University. She was a poetry editor for Ball State’s national literary magazine, The Broken Plate. Keeping her passion alive, she is now a poetry editor for the Torrid Literature Journal and Orson’s Review, of course. Her poetry has been published in Junto Magazine and Sun & Sandstone. When she is not reading, writing, or editing poetry, she can be found reading a Stephen King novel or watching reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
CREATIVE NONFICTION EDITOR
Matthew Edwards is a writer and editor living in Orange County, California, where he spends his free time despairing over his novel, reading Steinbeck, and watching movies with his wife. If given the chance, he'd love to talk your ears off about everything from American Sign Language to theology to the Godzilla movie franchise. His latest work is StoryForge Production's The Dracula Files, a three-season audio horror drama which reimagines Bram Stoker's classic work in the modern era.