~ We will be closed for submissions on November 30th, 2022

In each issue, we choose three poems to nominate for the Pushcart Prize.

The journal is released biannually, in print, and online.

New! In each journal, The Orchards will issue  “The Grantchester Award. ” The editors will select two poems for first and second place to receive a cash payment.

First place is $50.00.
Second place is $30.00.

  • While we encourage rhymed verse in traditional forms, we also accept finely wrought free verse.
  • Send up to three poems, preferably unpublished.
  • Please send your poems in a word document (not a pdf) and attach it to your email. Include your name and a fifty-word biography, inside the word document. 
  • Previously published poems are acceptable.
  • Simultaneous submissions, with notification if a poem is accepted elsewhere, are acceptable.
  • No translations, please.
  • Send your poems to
  • Expect a reply within three months.
  • Please do not revise your poem or your biography after we have accepted it.

The Orchards Poetry Journal is published in July and December.

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