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Orison Books seeks to publish spiritually-engaged poetry, fiction, and non-fiction of exceptional literary merit. In our view, spiritual writing has little to do with subject matter. Rather, the kind of work we seek to publish has a transcendent aesthetic effect on the reader, and reading it can itself be a spiritual experience. Such work is not merely about spiritual contemplation, but itself leads the reader into profound contemplation. It is not merely about the sublime, but itself has a sublime effect on the reader. It is not merely about the mystery of being, but itself heightens the reader’s sense of the mystery underlying the fabric of our daily lives.

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Country of Publication

United States

Audience

Open to a broad Audience, including: All ethnic groups/populations, All genders, All religions, All sexual identities.

Publication Media

Electronic Publication Electronic Publication 
Print Publication Print Publication 

Fiction Temp Closed

Dates:
Will be open to submissions from 01 October 2021* (approx. 145 days from now) through 31 October 2021. 0
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Religion/Spirituality (Spirituality).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Novella Novella30,000 - 40,000 words.
Story Collection Story CollectionMore than 30,000 words.
Novel NovelNo specific word count limits known (our definition: more than 40000 words).
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Unknown advance + Unknown royalties Unknown advance. Unknown royalties.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No Unknown UnknownText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Nonfiction Temp Closed

Dates:
Will be open to submissions from 01 October 2021* (approx. 145 days from now) through 31 October 2021. 0
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Religion/Spirituality (Spirituality).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Nonfiction Collection Nonfiction CollectionMore than 30,000 words.
Book BookMore than 30,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Unknown advance + Unknown royalties Unknown advance. Unknown royalties.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No Unknown UnknownText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

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Dates

Last Updated: 25 Mar 2021
Last Checked: 02 May 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 25 Mar 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 18 Feb 2015

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