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Orison Books Open Reading Period

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General fiction and nonfiction manuscript submissions are accepted each year during the month of October only. We consider all types of fiction, including novels, short story or flash fiction collections, and novellas. We consider several types of nonfiction, including personal or lyric essays and memoir; we are less likely to be interested in academic nonfiction, and do not consider "inspirational" or "self-help" manuscripts.

Anthology Proposals

Temp Closed

Opens on Saturday, October 1, 2022 12:00 AM EDT (in 298 days)

Single- or multiple-genre anthology proposals are accepted during the month of October only. Send a one-page description of the anthology, biographical information for the editor(s), and 30 pages of sample content.

Fiction

Temp Closed

Opens on Saturday, October 1, 2022 12:00 AM EDT (in 298 days)

  • Minimum word count: 30,000
  • We do not consider manuscripts that have been previously published in book form.
  • Self-published manuscripts are considered previously published and will not be considered.
  • Portions of the manuscript may have been published in periodicals, provided that a list of acknowledgments is included.
  • Work in English translation is also accepted. (The translator must have permission to publish the translations, or the original work must be in the public domain per U.S. and international copyright law.)
  • When possible, Orison Books offers a small advance against royalties for books selected for publication.
  • Send an author biography and complete manuscript.

Nonfiction

Temp Closed

Opens on Saturday, October 1, 2022 12:00 AM EDT (in 298 days)

  • Minimum word count: 30,000
  • We do not consider manuscripts that have been previously published in book form.
  • Self-published manuscripts are considered previously published and will not be considered.
  • Portions of the manuscript may have been published in periodicals, provided that a list of acknowledgments is included.
  • Work in English translation is also accepted. (The translator must have permission to publish the translations, or the original work must be in the public domain per U.S. and international copyright law.)
  • When possible, Orison Books offers a small advance against royalties for books selected for publication.
  • Send an author biography and complete manuscript.

Other Related Projects

Orison Anthology Editorial Nominations
The Orison Anthology Awards
The Orison Chapbook Prize
The Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction