Thank you for your interest in Haunted Waters Press. Please read our general guidelines below and refer to individual listings for more details including payment and response times. Open calls for submissions are listed below. Reading periods are as follows:

  • Haunted Waters Press Chapbook Series (Upcoming)
    Year round. 
  • From the Depths Literary Journal
    January through May for free submissions. Year round for works submitted via The Tip Jar.
  • The Tip Jar: From the Depths Expedited Decision
    Year round.
  • Penny Dreadful’s Flash Fiction Competition
    Competition reading periods vary. Please visit our website or follow us on Facebook for announcements. 
  • Letterpress Submissions (Upcoming)
    Reading periods vary.  

General Guidelines For All Submissions:

Eligibility…
Authors must be 18 years of age or older to submit to Haunted Waters Press. You must also be the sole author of the work submitted and own the rights to the work. Unagented and agented works are subject to the same review process and guidelines.

What we are looking for...
If you are new to HWP, please visit our website to get to know us and read an issue of our literary journal From the Depths. We seek previously unpublished works unless otherwise stated in the call for submissions. We welcome both the profound and the quirky. We are open to most styles and genres of fiction including speculative, dark, experimental, and literary. We love flash fiction of any word count as long as it tells a complete story. We enjoy all forms of poetry including experimental, rhyming, free verse, and invented form. While we welcome deep, meaningful poetry, we also enjoy works that are witty, peculiar, or offbeat. As a general rule, we do not accept erotica. Horror only upon request. Profanity and violence, if used, must be integral to the story. When in doubt...read an issue!

Multiple Works/Submissions…
Yes! Please see individual listings for details.

Simultaneous Submissions…
Simultaneous submissions for consideration in From the Depths are only accepted via The Tip Jar and are reviewed within seven days. We also accept simultaneous submissions for the HWP Chapbook Series. Please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere.

A Few Words on The Tip Jar...
From the Depths and the Penny Fiction Flash Fiction Competition are "for the love of the project" endeavors. In order to keep journal 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.

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.

The Tip Jar is open year round with a very short break to transition to the upcoming issue. If you prefer to submit during our five month free reading period, please check out the upcoming theme details and get writing! We'll look for your work in January!

Thank you. We look forward to reading your submission.

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Theme:  Backroads & Porch Swings (working title) See theme details below.
Media:  Digital/Print
Publication Date:  Fall 2015
Reading Period:  Free Reading Period January 1-May 31 2015, Year Round via the Tip Jar

From the Depths is a "for the love of the project" endeavor. 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.

If you prefer to submit during our five month free reading period, please check out the upcoming theme details below and get writing! We'll look for your work in January!

About the journal…
From the Depths is the annual literary journal of Haunted Waters Press. Featuring works of prose, poetry and creative nonfiction, the journal is released 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 both emerging and established authors. 

Payment…
Authors receive exposure only with promotional marketing assistance including PDF sell sheets for emailing and custom artwork for social media and websites. No monetary payment. 

2015 Theme Requirements…
Haunted Waters Press is currently seeking works of fiction and poetry for the 2015 issue of our literary journal, From the Depths.  The collection will feature works depicting a slice of life in rural America. Think small towns, isolated communities, backroads, and farm country. Draw upon hometown childhood memories to bring us coming of age stories and life lessons learned the hard way.  Captivate us with the romance and simplicity of country living. Think fresh linens hanging on the line, cows in the pasture, sweet tea, and endless rows of corn. Take us along to county fairs, swimming holes, and roadside vegetable stands.  Bring us subtle Midwestern tales of lives rooted in soil.  Show us the other side of the tracks with darker fiction inspired by the great Southern Gothic and Country Noir storytellers.  Most of all, take us back to the places that haunt our memories and call us home.

Submission & Formatting Guidelines:

  • We seek fiction of 7500 words or less, flash fiction, and poetry. Works of fiction over 7500 words should be submitted directly to the HWP Chapbook Series.
  • Previously unpublished works only.
  • Epigraphs, as well as quoted lyrics and other writings, must be accompanied by a release from the copyright holder.
  • One active submission per contributor. 
  • Up to four works may be submitted as a single submission/single document. 
  • Simultaneous Submissions are only accepted via The Tip Jar for expedited decision. 
  • Cover Letter — Please include:
    • Contact information
    • Title of work(s)
    • Total word count or line count for poetry
    • A brief three to four sentence author’s bio as you would like it to appear upon publication. 
  • Formatting
    • Acceptable file types: .doc, .docx, PDF
    • Clean and easy to read: double spaced, readable font, white pages, black type
    • Poetry formatted as you would like it to appear.
    • To ensure blind review, please do not include author information within the submission file.
    • Please spellcheck and proofread your submission. 

Thank you. We look forward to reading your work.

By submitting to Haunted Waters Press, you agree to opt-in to our email list. The HWP Newsletter features upcoming calls for submissions, news from the press, and publication announcements. We respect your right to privacy and do not share your personal information with anyone. You may opt-out at any time. 

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