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Orca, A Literary Journal

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction



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Orca publishes short stories, flash fiction, and nonfiction. We are a literary journal and we believe in the literary style of writing. We are open to almost any topic, as long as it’s written in a literary style.


  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    1-4 weeks*
    Editor reported data
    26 days*
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Acceptance rate:
    2% *
    Editor reported data
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Work acquired through solicitation: 0%


Find more details in the Genres section


Find more details in the Genres section

  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    From the editors

    as long as the pieces were published more than two years ago

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors

    1 per contributor; additional copies at cost ($3 + shipping)

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    From the editors


    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 8000 words max

Max words: 8000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary, Speculative

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $25-50

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary, Speculative

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $25-50

Nonfiction - 8000 words max

Max words: 2000

Max words: 8000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: , , ,

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $25-50


Max pieces: 3

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $25-50

with a total maximum word count of 1000

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Just the basics, please. Do not summarize your submission. Did not tell us what it means. Humor in your cover letter is always appreciated.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Times Roman 12 pt, flush left, double spaced (except for poetry, which should be single spaced).

  • Author's rights

    First North American publishing rights. All rights return to the author upon publication. We only ask that you reference Orca as first publisher if the work is reprinted elsewhere.

  • Additional info

    Pays! $50 for stories 2500 words or longer, $25 for stories under 2500 words, plus a one-year pdf subscription. Print copies are available at a discount to contributors. Available in print Orca offers 100 free submissions each month in addition to the $3 standard fee. Submit no more than once in each category at a time. Once you have received a response to a particular submission you may submit in that category again

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

26 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

6 days

Fastest response time

193 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 582 days

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Submission calls

    All genres

    Always open


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 sp...

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    Editor Joe Ponepinto avatar

    Joe Ponepinto


    Editor Zachary Kellian avatar

    Zachary Kellian

    Publisher/Senior Editor

    Editor Renee Jackson avatar

    Renee Jackson