Thank you for considering Haunted Waters Press. We are an independent publisher located in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia along the banks of the Shenandoah River. We publish works from new, emerging, and established writers. We are interested in stories that entertain us, stories that captivate us, but most of all, stories that haunt us. We look forward to reading your work!

Susan Warren Utley
Savannah Renée Spidalieri 
Editors, Haunted Waters Press  

What we are looking for…

Our goal is to bring to our readers engaging fiction in the forms of poetry, prose poetry, short stories, and novellas. We welcome both the profound and the quirky. We are open to most styles and genres of fiction and enjoy all forms of poetry. While some selections are made available in electronic formats and traditional print, others will be offered as handbound originals and paper ephemera as we strive to celebrate the art of the book and letterpress printing. Our print studio consists of three presses including the Cooks Victor, the Baltimore #14 and a vintage sign press. 

If you are new to Haunted Waters Press, we encourage you to visit our website to get to know us better. There you will find news and information about our small press as well as links to recent publications. Downloading free copies of our latest issues will help you get a better feel for the kinds of work we tend to publish and the level of attention paid to each and every published piece. From the Depths features custom artwork inspired by our contributors’ works to create a cohesive collection of prose, poetry and art. It truly is a labor of love. We hope you enjoy what has been described as “one of the most compelling and beautifully illustrated literary journals.”

Payment…

Previously a “For the Love of the Project” endeavor, Haunted Waters Press is now a paying market. We offer Grand Prize and cash payments equivalent to semi-professional to professional rates for works accepted for print publication in From the Depths via the HWP Fiction & Poetry Open, Short Shorts Flash Fiction Competition, Expedited Decision, Penny Fiction Submissions, and/or our Free Reading Periods. As we introduce new opportunities for writers, some competitions and Web Editions will offer exposure only; others will offer cash prizes, publication, or a combination of both. Please see individual listings for details. (All monetary payments are processed via PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can set up a free account upon receipt of automatic payment notification from PayPal to the email address you supply.)


2017 SUBMISSIONS CALENDAR
  • Haunted Waters Press Fiction & Poetry Open
    November 2016 - June 2017 (Extended to July 31, 2017)
  • Short Shorts Flash Fiction Competition 
    November 2016 - June 2017 (Extended to July 31, 2017)
  • From the Depths Expedited Decision
    January 2017 - August 2017
  • From the Depths Free Reading Periods*
    February/May/August (Limited to 200 submissions per reading period.)
  • Penny Fiction 2017*
    December (2016)/January, March/April, June/July
*No fee submissions are limited to 200 submissions per month of each reading period.

Check back for updates and additional submission opportunities. Please visit our website for detailed submission guidelines and see individual listings below.

Thank you! We look forward to reading your work!

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$10.00

DETAILS

Short Shorts Flash Fiction Competition is open to all new, emerging, and established writers. 

We seek flash fiction of 500 words or less.

Multiple entries, simultaneous submissions, and previously published works permitted.*

Accepting entries between November 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 (Extended to July 31, 2017)

Reviewing of entries begins July 1st. Notifications to be sent as decisions are made.

Grand Prize winning entry and Runners Up to be announced no later than August 31, 2017.


GRAND PRIZE

$250 and publication in the 2017 issue of From the Depths.

Featured Author Interview to accompany published work.

RUNNERS UP

All entries eligible for publication in the 2017 issue of From the Depths.

Contributors to be paid $20 for each published story. 

Featured Author Interview showcased online at Haunted Waters Press.


SUBMISSIONS

All entries accepted via Submittable.

$10 reading fee per entry. 


*Multiple Entries, Simultaneous Submissions & Previously Published Works...

    • Up to three works of flash fiction per entry. Multiple entries permitted.
    • Previous online publication is fine, but entries must not have appeared in print. Please be certain there are no known copyright restrictions. Please provide publication details for all previously published works. Questions? Contact us prior to submitting.
    • Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please notify us if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. Entries with conflicting publication rights are no longer eligible. Entry fees are nonrefundable. 

    Thank you. We look forward to reading your work.
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    Haunted Waters Press now seeking works of fiction and poetry for the 2017 issue of From the Depths.
    Accepting submissions between January 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017 via The Tip Jar Expedited Decision. (Our Free Reading Periods will be held in the months of February, May and August.)

    In order to keep submissions free to our contributors and our digital editions free to read online, we are placing the tip jar on the counter. If you feel inclined to make a small donation, please consider submitting via The Tip Jar. Your donation will be used for the care and feeding of From the Depths—a very hungry journal—and will help support the journal's continued operation and publication.

    With regards to the judging criteria, all submissions are treated equally, regardless of how they are submitted. However, to thank you for your kind donation, our editors will expedite the submission process and respond to the author within one week of submitting via The Tip Jar.

    ABOUT THE JOURNAL
    From the Depths is the annual literary journal of Haunted Waters Press. Featuring works of prose and poetry, the journal is released in both print and digital formats in the fall of each year. Described as “one of the most compelling and beautifully illustrated literary journals,” From the Depths was created to showcase and celebrate the writing of new, emerging, and established authors. 

    2017 THEME REQUIREMENTS
    The upcoming issue is open to all genres, themes, and writers. We look forward to reading your work!

    PAYMENT
    Selected works to be paid 1-4 cents per word for fiction and $20 for poetry.

    SUBMISSION & FORMATTING GUIDELINES

    • Open to all themes, genres and writers.
    • We seek fiction of 10,000 words or less, flash fiction, and poetry of any length. 
    • Multiple submissions welcome. Please limit each submission to a single work of fiction or up to four works of poetry.
    • Simultaneous Submissions are welcome via The Tip Jar for expedited seven day response.
    • Previous online publication is fine, but works must not have appeared in print. Please be certain there are no known copyright restrictions and provide publication details for all previously published works. Questions? Contact us prior to submitting.
    • Formatting: Clean and easy to read: double spaced, readable font, white pages, black type. Poetry formatted as you would like it to appear.

    Thank you. We look forward to reading your work.

    $10.00

    DETAILS

    The Haunted Waters Press Fiction & Poetry Open is open to all genres, themes, and writers.

    We seek fiction of 10,000 words or less, flash fiction above 500 words, and poetry of any length.

    Multiple entries, simultaneous submissions, and previously published works permitted.*

    Accepting entries between November 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 (Extended to July 31, 2017)

    Reviewing of entries begins July 1st. Notifications to be sent as decisions are made.

    Grand Prize winning entry and Runners Up to be announced no later than August 31, 2017.


    GRAND PRIZE

    $250 and publication in the 2017 issue of From the Depths

    Featured Author Interview to accompany published work.

    RUNNERS UP

    All entries eligible for publication in the 2017 issue of From the Depths.

    Selected works to be paid 1 to 4 US cents per word for fiction and $20 for poetry.

    Featured Author Interview showcased online at Haunted Waters Press.


    SUBMISSIONS

    All entries accepted via Submittable.

    $10 reading fee per story or poem. 


    *Multiple Entries, Simultaneous Submissions & Previously Published Works...
    • Multiple entries permitted. Please submit each story or poem as an individual entry.
    • Previous online publication is fine, but entries must not have appeared in print. Please be certain there are no known copyright restrictions.  Please provide publication details for all previously published works. Questions? Contact us prior to submitting.
    • Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please notify us if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. Entries with conflicting publication rights are no longer eligible. Entry fees are nonrefundable. 


    Thank you. We look forward to reading your work.

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    Haunted Waters Press seeks exceptionally small works of flash fiction to be showcased in Penny Fiction, a regular feature of the literary journal, From the Depths. Stories will also appear in the Penny Fiction Poster Collection. 


    DETAILS

    Penny Fiction is open to all new, emerging, and established writers. 

    We seek flash fiction stories told in exactly 15 words—no more, no less.

    One submission per author, per reading period. Multiple stories per submission encouraged.

    No previously published works.

    Penny Fiction submissions are welcome in three reading periods:

    December (2016)/January, March/April, June/July

    Expect a decision within 30 days of the close of each reading period.

    See full guidelines below.


    PAYMENT

    $3.00 per published piece.

    (That’s a professional rate of .20 cents per word— enough for a fresh brewed cup of coffee to enjoy while reading the next edition of Penny Fiction Pages!)


    SUBMISSIONS

    All entries accepted via Submittable.

    Free to submit!

    In order to respond in a timely manner, submissions are limited to 200 per month. We will temporarily close submissions after receipt of the first 200 and then reopen on the first day of the second month.


    PENNY FICTION 2017 FULL GUIDELINES

    Tell us story in exactly 15 words—no more, no less. Extra points will be awarded for those writers who adhere to the guidelines. Not really. There are no points. Just read the guidelines below and impress Penny with your ability to follow instructions.

    The Lovely Submission:

    • One submission per author, per reading period. (Contributors are encouraged to submit multiple stories in a single file, but may only transmit one submission per reading period.) One story is fine. Four is cool. Twenty is borderline obnoxious. We like obnoxious! Just remember: a single submission with multiple stories!

    • Each Penny is a short story told in exactly 15 words—no more, no less. Titles are not included in word count, but should not be an extension of the story.

    • No theme requirements. Looking for inspiration? Follow Penny Fiction on Facebook for prompts and inspiration.

    • No poetry, tag lines, or jokes.   

    • Previously unpublished works only.

    • If you make an error during the submission process, Please DO NOT withdraw your submission and resubmit. Contact HWP for corrections. We are happy to assist.

    The Dreadful Cover Letter:

    • Include one interesting fact about yourself in 13 words or less.

    • Undertakers and cat herders earn extra points.

    • If we do not find you interesting, we reserve the right to make you appear more interesting.

    • No long lists of previously published works. No cut ‘n paste author bios.

    • Confused? Download a free copy of one our past issues and check out “The Lovely Pennies.”