Orca publishes short stories, flash fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We dedicate one issue per year (June) to literary-speculative work. We are open to almost any topic, as long as it’s written in a literary style. We are committed to diversity of identities, origins, and perspectives on our pages. Many of our contributors are from other countries and cultures. But the main criterion by which we judge submissions is the quality of the writing. We seek work that is high concept: imaginative, thoughtful, even speculative, and open to possibilities.
Tips From the Editor
We seek work that is high concept: imaginative, thoughtful, even speculative, and open to possibilities. We look for adult themes featuring deep, diverse characters, and narratives that are nuanced and complex. It’s great if they blend genres, or connect seemingly disparate ideas. We are also committed to the intentions of our contributors. Although we sometimes work with writers to polish their stories for publication, we also respect their original intent, and as much as possible retain the artist’s individual and local language, spelling, style, and vernacular.