The editors of the Oak Orchard Review currently seek fiction stories, photography, digital art, poetry, and/or nonfiction essays from individuals who feel a connection to the Oak Orchard River region; specifically, writers and artists who live or have lived in Western New York. The theme for the Spring 2018 issue is "To Be Of Use," inspired by the Marge Piercy poem of the same nameWriters and artists may interpret the theme as they like. Submissions are accepted from July to mid-December.

  • All work must be original, previously unpublished, and in English
  • decisions for publication remain solely based upon the editors’ preferences.
  • We ask that authors and artists submit between one and three entries per issue 
  • We kindly ask writers and artists wait until the submission deadline has commenced and editors given sufficient time to review submissions before a definitive response regarding publication (February 2018). That said, early submissions are invited and encouraged. Responses are generally sent within 45 days.
  • Oak Orchard Review is a nonprofit endeavor, run by unpaid volunteers. We do not pay writers and artists for publication. We do honor our selected writers and artists with publication and with a reading, where they are  invited to share their work at the online magazine's release party.  Past venues for readings have been at The Pillars, at The Shirt Factory Cafe, at area public libraries, and at The Wide Angle Art Gallery.
  • By submitting your work to Oak Orchard Review, you grant us first serial rights and the right to archive your work online for an indefinite period of time.  As appropriate, we may also choose to nominate published work for awards or recognition.  You retain all other rights.   

 

Ends on December 15, 2017

To have your work considered and selected by editor Peggy Thomas, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Submit one nonfiction piece only
  • Make certain that your piece fits the given theme of the 2018 issue: "To Be Of Use," inspired by the Marge Piercy poem of the same name. Feel free to use the poem as the catalyst for your nonfiction work. Or, interpret the theme entirely from your own perspective.
  • Each submission must be  1500 words or less
  • All submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font
  • All submissions must be in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format
  • All forms of nonfiction will be considered -- personal experience, flash NF, profile, travel writing, nature writing, etc. -- It must be true. 
  • Each submission must include a brief biography (80 words or less). Please write your bio in third person point of view (80 words or less).(e.g.: John Smith has been writing for 18 years. He received his Associates in General Studies at Genesee Community College and went on to receive his degree in Environmental Studies at Alfred University. Smith has worked primarily as a staff member at the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge, yet writing has always been one of his callings.  His work has been published by... etc.).
Ends on December 15, 2017

To have your work considered by Editor Kevin Gardner, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Submit one story only
  • Make certain that your story fits the given theme of the 2018 issue, "To Be of Use," inspired by the Marge Piercy poem of the same name. Feel free to use the poem as catalyst for your own work, or interpret the theme entirely from your own perspective.
  • Each submission must be no more than 3000 words
  • All submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font
  • All submissions must be in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format
  • Each submission must include a brief biography. Please write your bio in third person point of view  (80 words or less).(e.g.: John Smith has been writing for 18 years. He received his Associates in General Studies at Genesee Community College and went on to receive his degree in Environmental Studies at Alfred University. Smith has worked primarily as a staff member at the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge, yet writing has always been one of his callings.  His work has been published by... etc.).

   

To have your work considered by editor Joyce Chizick, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Please submit art which you feel best fits the theme of the 2018 issue: "To Be Of Use",   inspired by the Marge Piercy poem of the same name. You may use that poem as inspiration for your art, or interpret the theme independent of the poem.
  • We accept photography and/or digital images of artwork (photograph of painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
  • Please make sure the digital image of your art is presented  as professionally as possible (well-lit, square, etc.). 
  • Save your jpeg file in the following format: The Year it was created, Your Name, and the Title of the Work (YearYourNameTitle.jpeg) No larger than 1200 by 1600 pixels--it is for online resolution only.
  • Only one submission per form
  • No more than three submissions total per submission period
  • No pornographic or vulgar material
  • Please include in your first entry a brief biography, written in third person perspective (e.g. Jane Doe has been a professional photographer for 13 years. She studied Design at...etc.). Further submissions need only your name.
  • Please include a brief explanation of the work, including its title
Ends on December 15, 2017

To have your work considered by editor Karen Jones, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Submit only one poem per form
  • Make certain that your poetry fits the theme of the 2018 issue: "To Be of Use," inspired by the Marge Piercy poem of the same name. Your poem may be a response to the Piercy poem, or your own take on the title as it applies to you; or, your poem may be entirely independent of Piercy's, your own understanding of the phrase.
  • Please submit no more than three poems total per submission period
  • Submissions must be in Times New Roman with a 12 pt. font. They must be single spaced and must have 1" margins
  • All poems must include  titles
  • All submissions must be in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format
  • Include with your submission a brief bio written in third person point of view (e.g. Jane Doe taught writing at Canisius for 26 years. Since retired, she has focused more on poetry and prose. Doe's work has been published previously by... etc.)
  • To get a feel for the kind of work we seek, please consult our archive of past published work.