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  


SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

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.”

SPLASH! and the HWP Print Pool...
SPLASH! is the Haunted Waters Press online showcase for fiction and poetry. Works accepted for publication in SPLASH! are sourced primarily from our no fee reading periods. Up to four works per year may be selected for direct paid print publication. Occasionally, works submitted in other categories and contests may be offered online publication in lieu of print. These works automatically enter the HWP Print Pool making them eligible for future offers of paid print publication. 

New from the press in 2020...
Haunted Waters Press now seeking submissions for consideration in 
Tin Can Literary Review—a debut fiction anthology celebrating the works of
 new, emerging, and seasoned authors. Open to all genres, themes, and writers for 2020 fourth-quarter print publication, we seek stories told in as little as 500 words and as many as 12,000.

Payment...
Haunted Waters Press is a paying market for print publications. We offer cash payments equivalent to semi-professional to professional rates. SPLASH! publication offers exposure only and eligibility for future offers of paid print publication. Please see individual listings for details. (All monetary payments are in US dollars processed via PayPal. Processing fees from foreign currency transactions may be deducted. 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. )

A word on our no fee reading periods, reading fees, and submission dates...
For online SPLASH! publication and Penny Fiction submissions, we offer alternating no fee reading periods from December through July. We review the first 200 submissions per month. We suggest submitting early. Reading and entry fees for other competitions and calls for submissions vary. We at HWP never want financial hardship to silence a story that needs to be told. If you cannot afford a reading fee where one is required, please contact us for alternate arrangements. Publisher reserves the right to extend submission dates.

Multiple works/submissions....
Yes! Please see individual listings for details.

Simultaneous submissions..
Simultaneous submissions are welcome in most categories with the exception of our no fee reading periods and Penny Fiction. For your convenience, Expedited Decision submissions are reviewed within seven days. Please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. See individual listings for more details.

Formatting requirements...
We prefer an easy to read font, black type on white pages. Don’t fret over it too much.  

If your work is accepted...
We will ask you to sign an Author’s Agreement granting HWP exclusive first worldwide publication print and/or electronic media rights. Haunted Waters Press holds these publishing rights for ninety days following publication and non-exclusive print and electronic rights for the full term of copyright. Copyright remains with the author. See author’s agreement for details. HWP will use reasonable efforts to contact each contributor, however, the inability to reach a contributor, the return of any notification as undeliverable, and/or a contributor's failure to sign and return the required agreement may result in forfeiture of offer of publication and payment, and in the case of an award recipient, disqualification of winner, forfeiture of his or her interest in all cash awards and recognition, and selection of a substitute recipient from among all remaining eligible contributors. Yikes! We don't want that to happen! PLEASE keep your contact information updated, check your email spam settings, and respond in a timely manner! 

If your work is declined...
Just because something isn’t right for HWP, doesn’t mean it isn’t right for another market.  In some cases, we simply feel the work would benefit from another publisher’s perspective. Let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you in your path to publication.


2019-2020 PATHS TO PUBLICATION

  • Haunted Waters Press Fiction Open 
  • Haunted Waters Press Poetry Open
  • Haunted Waters Press Short Shorts Flash Fiction Open
    November 2019 - August 2020
    All submissions eligible for paid print publication
    All submissions considered for HWP Awards in the amount of $250
    Rolling response or within 30 days of closing


  • Tin Can Literary Review
    November 2019 - August 2020
    Selected works to be paid $250 per published story.
    Rolling response or within 60 days of closing


  • Expedited Decision
    January 2020 - August 2020
    7 Day Response
    For consideration in From the Depths and SPLASH!

  • Penny Fiction 2020
    December 2019/January, March/April, June/July
    Submissions close upon receipt of 200 submissions per reading month
    Rolling response or within 30 days of closing
    For paid print publication in From the Depths & the Penny Poster Collection


  • SPLASH!
    February/May/September 2020
    Submissions close upon receipt of 200 submissions per reading period
    Rolling response or within 60 days of closing
    For consideration in SPLASH! and entry in the HWP Print Pool


Check back for updates and additional submission opportunities. For additional guidelines see individual listings below.

Thank you! We look forward to reading your work!

Haunted Waters Press now seeking works of fiction for consideration in the 2020 issue of From the Depths. All works accepted for print publication will receive payment plus online Featured Author Interview. One recipient of the 2020 Haunted Waters Press Award for Fiction will receive a $250 cash award, print publication in the 2020 issue of From the Depths, and a Featured Author Interview to appear alongside their work.


WORKS CONSIDERED
Open to all genres, themes, and writers.
We seek fiction of 7500 words or less.
Multiple and simultaneous submissions permitted.
Previously published works permitted.*
All works considered for paid print publication.
Works not accepted for From the Depths may be considered for other publications.


COMPENSATION FOR PRINT PUBLICATION
Selected works to be paid 1 to 4 US cents per word.
Featured Author Interview showcased online at Haunted Waters Press.


2020 HWP AWARD FOR FICTION
$250 and publication in the 2020 issue of From the Depths.
Featured Author Interview to accompany published work.


THE DETAILS
$10 reading fee per submission
Notifications to be sent as decisions are made or within 30 days of closing.
Please review full guidelines prior to submitting,

*Please provide publication details for all previously published works. Online publication is fine, but entries must not have appeared in print. Please be certain there are no known copyright restrictions. Works with conflicting publication rights are not eligible for publication. Submission fees are nonrefundable. Questions? Contact us prior to submitting.

Thank you. We look forward to reading your work.

Haunted Waters Press now seeking submissions for consideration in 
Tin Can Literary Review—a debut fiction anthology celebrating the works of
 new, emerging, and seasoned authors.


WORKS CONSIDERED
Open to all genres, themes, and writers for 2020 fourth-quarter print publication. We seek stories told in as little as 500 words and as many as 12,000. We welcome both multiple and simultaneous submissions. Works previously published online will be considered.* With the exception of HWP publications, works must not have appeared in print. Works not accepted for Tin Can Literary Review may be considered for other publications.

COMPENSATION FOR PRINT PUBLICATION
Selected works to be paid $250 per published story.
Featured Author Interview showcased online at Haunted Waters Press.

THE DETAILS
$20 reading fee per submission
Notifications to be sent as decisions are made or within 60 days of closing.
Please review full guidelines prior to submitting,

*Please provide publication details for all previously published works. Online publication is fine, but works must not have appeared in print. Please be certain there are no known copyright restrictions. Works with conflicting publication rights are not eligible for publication. Submission fees are nonrefundable. Questions? Contact us prior to submitting. Thank you. We look forward to reading your work.

Haunted Waters Press now seeking works of poetry for consideration in the 2020 issue of From the Depths. All works accepted for print publication will receive payment plus online Featured Author Interview. One recipient of the 2020 Haunted Waters Press Award for Poetry will receive a $250 cash award, print publication in the 2020 issue of From the Depths, and a Featured Author Interview to appear alongside their work.

WORKS CONSIDERED
Open to all genres, themes, and writers.
We seek poetry of any length.
Include up to three works per submission.
Multiple and simultaneous submissions permitted.
Previously published works permitted.*
All works considered for paid print publication.
Works not accepted for From the Depths may be considered for other publications.

COMPENSATION FOR PRINT PUBLICATION
Selected works to be paid $20 per published piece.
Featured Author Interview showcased online at Haunted Waters Press.

2020 HWP AWARD FOR POETRY
$250 and publication in the 2020 issue of From the Depths.
Featured Author Interview to accompany published work.

THE DETAILS
$10 reading fee per submission
Notifications to be sent as decisions are made or within 30 days of closing.
Please review full guidelines prior to submitting,

*Please provide publication details for all previously published works. Online publication is fine, but entries must not have appeared in print. Please be certain there are no known copyright restrictions. Works with conflicting publication rights are not eligible for publication. Submission fees are nonrefundable. Questions? Contact us prior to submitting.

Thank you. We look forward to reading your work.

Haunted Waters Press now seeking works of flash fiction for consideration in the 2020 issue of From the Depths. All works accepted for print publication will receive payment plus online Featured Author Interview. Include up to three works of flash fiction in a single submission. The recipient of the 2020 Haunted Waters Press Short Shorts Award for Flash Fiction will receive a $250 cash award, print publication in the 2020 issue of From the Depths, and a Featured Author Interview to appear alongside their work.

WORKS CONSIDERED
Open to all genres, themes, and writers.
We seek flash fiction of 500 words or less.
Include up to three works per submission.
Multiple and simultaneous submissions permitted.
Previously published works permitted.*
All works considered for paid print publication.
Works not accepted for From the Depths may be considered for other publications.

COMPENSATION FOR PRINT PUBLICATION
Selected works to be paid $20 per published piece.
Featured Author Interview showcased online at Haunted Waters Press.

2020 HWP SHORT SHORTS AWARD FOR FLASH FICTION
$250 and publication in the 2020 issue of From the Depths.
Featured Author Interview to accompany published work.

THE DETAILS
$10 reading fee per submission
Notifications to be sent as decisions are made or within 30 days of closing.
Please review full guidelines prior to submitting,

*Please provide publication details for all previously published works. Online publication is fine, but entries must not have appeared in print. Please be certain there are no known copyright restrictions. Works with conflicting publication rights are not eligible for publication. Submission fees are nonrefundable. Questions? Contact us prior to submitting.

Thank you. We look forward to reading your work.

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. Tell us a story in exactly 20 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.


WORKS CONSIDERED
We seek flash fiction stories told in exactly 20 words—no more, no less.
Original fiction only. No poetry, taglines, or jokes.
Please include a title for each story submitted.
One active Penny Fiction submission per author.
Multiple stories in a single submission encouraged.
One is fine. Four is cool. Twenty is borderline obnoxious...we like obnoxious!
No previously published works.
Need inspiration? Follow Penny Fiction on Facebook for tips and prompts.


THE DREADED 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.
Confused? Check out The Lovely Penny bios from any past issue.


COMPENSATION
$3.00 and publication in the 2020 issue of From the Depths.
(That’s a professional rate of .15 cents per word— enough for a hot cup of coffee to sip on while you pen your next brilliant work of incredibly short fiction!)


THE DETAILS
Free to submit.
Accepting submissions in the months of December/January, March/April, June/July.
Limited to 200 submissions per month. Submit early!
Notifications to be sent as decisions are made or within 60 days of closing.
Thank you. We look forward to reading your work.

This form is intended for use by Authors and Poets published by Haunted Waters Press and for those with accepted works pending publication. If that's not you, what are you waiting for? Go write something brilliant and submit

Greetings Lovely Contributors!

If you have been published by HWP (or soon to be!) and would like your profile included on the Haunted Waters Press website, please complete this form and include up to three photographs. Testimonials and reviews are optional and may be quoted on the website, in publications, or for marketing purposes. We would love to hear your thoughts!

Regarding photographs:  All images will be cropped square and reduced to a web-friendly size. Keep in mind, we can make a large image small, but it is very difficult to make a small image large! So try to avoid thumbnail images. Professional headshots optional! No need to hire a photographer, but it would be great if your photos look like you did!  Have fun with it and check out the showcase for inspiration.

https://www.hauntedwaterspress.com/contributor-showcase/

Thank you!

Susan and Savannah



Haunted Waters Press