Founded in 2017 by Garrett Dennert, Orson’s Review is a thoughtful literary journal whose pages are filled with wise yet approachable stories.

We believe writing, reading, and publishing literature does nothing to make you elite, and the writing we publish represents that. Therefore, while we care deeply about quality, we care very little about awards, or about publishing award winners.

We believe strongly in diversity and will continue to be incredibly grateful to have the privilege of showcasing writers of varying backgrounds.

We believe in ambitious stories that are unafraid to go places, be those places light or dark. We believe in ambitious stories that explore their characters and settings with their brains and their hearts. We publish ambitious stories that must be told.

Issue One and Issue Two of Orson’s Review are now live. Issue Three will be published on September 24th, 2019. The submission period for Issue Four of Orson’s Review will open on October 1st, 2019.

*As of October 1st, 2019, Orson’s Review will only be accepting submissions of fiction. If you’d been preparing to submit a work of poetry, nonfiction, or photography, we apologize for this inconvenience.


Orson's Review Submission Guidelines


*ATTN: Our submissions are currently CLOSED and will re-open 10/1/2019. Works submitted before 10/1/2019 will not be considered.

FIction Submissions

  • Up to 5,000 words

  • Send as an attachment via email to fictioneditor@orsonspublishing.com with the following subject line: Fiction Submission - Story Title - Author Name [ex: Fiction Submission - The Lottery - Shirley Jackson]

  • We’ll notify you of our decision within 3-6 months





Garrett Dennert is an American author raised in Hart, Michigan. He earned his B.A. in creative writing from Grand Valley State University and soon after served as founding member and nonfiction editor of Squalorly. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington.

In 2016, Garrett founded Orson’s Publishing, a small but mighty press specializing in the wise and approachable. He also founded Orson’s Review, the literary journal of Orson’s Publishing, and serves as its editor-in-chief. 

Garrett’s stories and essays have appeared in Barely South Review, Midwestern Gothic, Monkeybicycle, and Whiskeypaper. He also authored Wounded Tongue, an ambitious dystopian novel. In 2020, Garrett’s short story collection, Strays Like Us, will be published. 

Visit garrettdennert.com to learn more about Garrett. 




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.