Written by Ella Peary April 13th, 2023

The Orchards Poetry Journal: Now Seeking Submissions

The Orchards Poetry Journal is a biannual print and digital publication. They nominate three poems each issue for the Pushcart Prize, and they select two poems each issue for The Grantchester Award. The first place Grantchester Award winner is awarded $50, and the second place winner receives $30. The Orchards favors rhymed verse in traditional forms, but they also accept free verse. You can read the journal online before submitting to get an idea of what they like.

Established in 2016, The Orchards has published 12 issues, each with poems from around 75 contributors. Each issue also includes an interview with a featured poet. The Orchards is published twice a year, in July and December.

Now through June 15, The Orchards is seeking submissions for their next issue. Poets may submit up to three poems in any style. The Orchards does not accept translations.

Submitting authors can expect a response within three months. Their acceptance rate is around 20%.

The Orchards accepts submissions via email, not online or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw work published elsewhere. They accept reprints, but they prefer unpublished poems.

The Orchards only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

If you would like to learn more or submit to The Orchards, please visit their website here.

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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