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.”

Introducing SPLASH! and the HWP Print Pool...

SPLASH!, our revamped online showcase for fiction and poetry, is set to debut in early 2018. 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 2018...
Tin Can Literary Review...more details to come!


Haunted Waters Press is a paying market for print publication. We offer Grand Prize and cash payments equivalent to semi-professional to professional rates. All competitions entries are considered for paid print publication. SPLASH! publication offers exposure only and eligibility for future offers of paid print publication. 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.)

A word on our no fee reading periods, reading fees, and entry fees...

For online SPLASH! publication and Penny Fiction submissions, we offer alternating no fee reading periods from January though 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 from free to a nominal reading fee. All competition entries are considered for paid print publication. 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.

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.


  • Haunted Waters Press Fiction Open 
  • Haunted Waters Press Poetry Open
  • Short Shorts Flash Fiction Competition
    November 2017 - July 2018
    Grand Prize $250 & Print Publication for each competition
    Rolling response or within 60 days of closing
    All entries considered for paid print publication
  • Expedited Decision
    December 2017 - August 2018
    7 Day Response
    For consideration in all publications and venues
  • Penny Fiction 2018
    December 2017/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
    February/May/August 2018
    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 guideleins see individual listings below.

Thank you! We look forward to reading your work!

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

Attention Contributors!

We are in the process of giving the Haunted Waters Press website a complete makeover. We are very excited about the upcoming changes. The new site will include an updated home for online fiction and poetry, regular news features, and a place to showcase our lovely contributors. That's where you come in! Our goal is to feature a sampling of contributors from each issue representing a variety of genres. Not all profiles will be published upon launch of the new site, but we hope to grow the showcase throughout the year. If you have been published by HWP and would like to be included on the site, please fill out the form below and include up to three photographs. Testimonials and reviews are optional and may be quoted on the website or in other publications. 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 smaller, but it is very difficult to make a small image larger. So try to avoid thumbnail images. Ideally, your photos will be at least 1000 pixels square. 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! But keep in mind, if you send us a photo of you and your cat eating potato chips on the couch, we'll probably ask you to send something else. Not that we're judging! Check out this article for tips and tricks for taking awesome author photographs:

Thank you!

Haunted Waters Press