Writing Submissions

Essay Guidelines

Like writing? We're looking for well-crafted personal essays. They don't have to be grammatically flawless,  but should be well composed and thoughtful. We'd like to see a wide range of submissions but will not accept essays that are political or divisive.  This collection should be for everyone and each reader should feel welcome and valued, no matter where they are in life  


Additionally:


  • Each essay should be 2000 words or less.
  • Your essay must be a true personal story, unembellished. 
  • You may only submit one essay per year/per theme.
  • You can include a bio. It must be 55 words or less and can contain only one URL. 
  • You must communicate what byline you prefer—pen names, anonymous, etc. are fine. 
  • Essays must be submitted by August 31, 2019.
  • By submitting your essay you are giving Orenda Press LLC permission to edit your story if necessary, publish it on Medium.com, print it, and promote it on social media and any other channels deemed beneficial.
  • By submitting your essay, you are stating this is your original work and have full rights to the work for publishing and book printing. You will be personally responsible for any and all legal ramifications, costs and penalties related to these stated rights. 
  • You will be personally responsible for any and all legal ramifications, costs and penalties related to any slanderous or libelous statements shared in your essay.
  • By submitting your essay, you are acknowledging that you know you will not receive any payments for this contribution—all profits will be donated to a charity. 


Ready to submit?

If you agree to all of the submission guidelines please email your essay to info@orendapress.com using the subject line "Love Story 2019".  This will ensure it gets to the right box.